The top 10 violent video-game controversies – "Grand Theft Auto IV" rekindled the violent video-game debate with reports that an 8 year old who shot and killed his elderly caretaker had been playing it. Studies have been inconclusive on the issue, but the debate stretches back more than three decades.
Death Race – Its graphics are quaint and antiquated. But "Death Race" may have prompted the first violent video game debate in the arcades of the late1970s with its goal of gaining points by running over "gremlins" who looked a lot like pedestrians.
Mortal Kombat – Hitting arcades in 1992 and home consoles the following year, "Mortal Kombat" was the game that properly launched a more widespread conversation about violence in games and, eventually, a video-game rating system. With multiple sequels, it is the most popular fighting game in history.
Doom – "Doom" was the first massively popular first-person shooter game. Seeing violence from a shooter's viewpoint was new, and it didn't help that the shooters in the Columbine High School tragedy played it.
Grand Theft Auto – Multiple lawsuits were filed against the makers of "Grand Theft Auto," which put players in the role of criminals and allowed them to do all manner of badness.
Silent Hill – The original "Silent Hill" had a horror-movie feel and a character that appeared to be a mutated version of a school girl was found objectionable by some.
Postal 2 – Perhaps the least objectionable aspect of "Postal 2 was a cameo appearance by actor Gary Coleman, who died in 2010.
MadWorld – Many objections about "MadWorld" came due to the fact that it was released for the Nintendo Wii, which is largely considered a family-friendly console.
Bioshock – "Bioshock" was a groundbreaking game and a hit with critics. But some were troubled by the "Little Sisters," mutated versions of young girls that a player may choose to fight and kill.