Boundaries.

Has there been a moment in a video game that seriously pushed your limits of taste and stomach? 
 
If so, was it because of violence? Plain gore? Ethically revolting? Some repulsive choice you were forced to make, or had to watch your character make? 
 
Have you ever simply had to put the controller down for an hour and turn the TV off before you continue? Have you perhaps even simply quit playing a game altogether after it went too far?

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Posted by Penzilneck

Has there been a moment in a video game that seriously pushed your limits of taste and stomach? 
 
If so, was it because of violence? Plain gore? Ethically revolting? Some repulsive choice you were forced to make, or had to watch your character make? 
 
Have you ever simply had to put the controller down for an hour and turn the TV off before you continue? Have you perhaps even simply quit playing a game altogether after it went too far?

Posted by FesteringNeon

I am waiting for the "if so" part .. 
kidding
I'd say rolling the credits early in GT5. It totally bummed me out, because there was still much to do and didn't understand why they would do such a thing.

Posted by Example1013

I was kicked out to the main screen by Black Ops after spending three hours getting through 3/4 of the level on Veteran, because of an error with a character model having "too many bones". I think that was a violation of quite a few ethics laws. I have not gone back to the campaign.    

Posted by BraveToaster

Nope

Posted by TatsurouXIII

not really... I mean, there might have been some instances in which a game went over the edge, but it wasn't a surprise. I was expecting it, I hardly ever go into a game without knowing what to expect. It's not shocking if it's expected, whatever it is.

Posted by JCTango
@Penzilneck said:
" Has there been a moment in a video game that seriously pushed your limits of taste and stomach?  If so, was it because of violence? Plain gore? Ethically revolting? Some repulsive choice you were forced to make, or had to watch your character make?  Have you ever simply had to put the controller down for an hour and turn the TV off before you continue? Have you perhaps even simply quit playing a game altogether after it went too far? "
Not really, but sometimes a game pushes its sexualized content too far to the point of being uncomfortable and I have to stop playing it for a while.
 
Not that there is anything wrong with sex in games per se, I just don't like it being forced to participate/watch or whatever in order to progress in the game.
 
It's a distraction that detracts me from the gameplay x_x
Posted by JoyfullOFrockets

The farther a game pushed boundaries, the harder I find it to let go of it. Guess I'm attracted to extremes.
 
I get sick in the way you described if a game drags on without literally anything of interest happening.

Posted by LordAssinhiemr

No Russian.
 
/thread

Posted by oatz
@LordAssinhiemr said:
" No Russian.  /thread "
Not for me. No Russian was a fun level, in my mind.  
 
 
Video games don't affect me in that way.
Posted by TheDudeOfGaming

Manhunt.

Posted by Mr_Skeleton

Gal Gun.

Edited by BigLemon
@TheDudeOfGaming said:

" Manhunt. "

@Mr_Skeleton said:
"

Gal Gun.

"
/thread 
 
EDIT: And more specifically, watching Jeff play Gal Gun. The horror...
Posted by Gizmo

OctoDad 
 
Every level. Every cutscene.

Posted by Penzilneck
@JCTango: Could you mention any examples you're thinking of? This is a good point you're making there. 
 
@Mr_Skeleton: Read your comment just after finishing that particular Happy Hour. Hence, I laughed. 
 
@Gizmo: Oh, man. I haven't gotten around to playing that game. Is it as absurdly funny as I've heard? 
 
And yes, No Russian is probably the most recent and high profile example of something I'm thinking of regarding the original question(s).
Posted by Carestrike

I can stomach a lot. August Underground's Mordum was not a problem for me, let's say. 
 
But motherfucking Silent Hill 3. I don't understand what it is about that game, but I just find it unplayable because of this "disgusting" kind of vibe it has. It pervades every part of the game's design, the music, the enemies, the levels. I guess that makes it pretty successful as a horror game. 
 
Mind, I find Fatal Frame the scarier game, & I have no trouble with it.

Posted by CaptainCody
@Carestrike:
I just don't understand why you watched August Underground's Mordum, less you get off from that type of thing.
Posted by HandsomeDead

The ethics, not of the video games themselves, but the companies behind them is always kind of disturbing. For example, using PMC storylines and no real country names in modern military shooters to avoid having to make the player or anyone, really, consider ethics of what's going on is regularly shady.

Posted by Gizmo
@Penzilneck said:
" @JCTango: Could you mention any examples you're thinking of? This is a good point you're making there. 
 
@Mr_Skeleton: Read your comment just after finishing that particular Happy Hour. Hence, I laughed. 
 
@Gizmo: Oh, man. I haven't gotten around to playing that game. Is it as absurdly funny as I've heard?  And yes, No Russian is probably the most recent and high profile example of something I'm thinking of regarding the original question(s). "
I can't do the game justice with mere words.
Posted by GunslingerPanda

What's No Russian?

Posted by Penzilneck
@GunslingerPanda: The controversial, early stage in Modern Warfare 2 where you're given the option of mowing down civilians in a crowded airport.
Posted by JCTango
@Penzilneck said:

@JCTango said:

" ...sometimes a game pushes its sexualized content too far to the point of being uncomfortable and I have to stop playing it for a while.  Not that there is anything wrong with sex in games per se, I just don't like it being forced to participate/watch or whatever in order to progress in the game.  It's a distraction that detracts me from the gameplay x_x "
Could you mention any examples you're thinking of? This is a good point you're making there. 
 
Man, I'm gonna come off a little prudish lol.. I don't have anything against having sex scenes in a game, but sometimes they're a distraction for me.. or they make me uncomfortable (because they're forced).  
 
Anyways, here are my examples xD:
  • Mafia's sex scene
  • The Witcher's sex scenes (which probably didn't show anything.. I'm not sure lol.. I just quit playing after finding out that you'd have to go through them)
  • Farenheit's sex scenes (Indigo Prophecy)
  • Mass Effect's sex scene (to an extent)
  • There are probably more, but can't think of it really atm.
 
If developers can just make these scenes optional (I know some you can skip in a cutscene - but that sometimes makes you miss out on non-sex content), I'd feel a lot less uncomfortable playing some of their games.