The Most Debated Pc Games of All Time

The PC gaming world has been no stranger to controversy since its beginnings. Whether it’s disastrous launches, community surprise, arguable politics, microtransactions gone crazy, or another series of debates about whether or not video games cause roughness, a year never seems to go by without at least a few major outbursts.


In fact, putting this list really put the breadth of things into perspective for me—there are 15 games here, but I could have easily picked up 50. For some reason, games and controversies go hand in hand like medpacks and health bars.

But you don’t have time to read such a long list, and I don’t have time to write it—so I compiled this list only for the most juicy, impactful and earth-shattering controversies in the chaotic history of our fair hobby. Read on and be surprised once again.

How broken does a port have to be to be completely removed from sale? Back in June 2015, we found out that the average PC gamer experiences the dark streets of Gotham at about 10 FPS—if he could run the game at all. At the time, PCG advised readers to “treat Arkham Knight like a game still in development”. Just one day after the launch, sales were stopped, retail stocks were recalled, and refunds were offered to everyone who wanted one.

It was put up for sale again only a few patches after in October 2015, although there were still a lot of problems, and in the end Warner Bros. was so eager to apologize to PC gamers that they gave all the previous Arkham games for free to the owners of Arkham Knight as a peace offer. In the end, his technical problems completely overshadowed the PC game—a cautionary tale that no one seems to have learned anything from, judging by the recent poor-quality ports like the Last of Us Part 1 and Wild Hearts.

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It’s easy to forget, but at the release Doom’s action and demon themes caused a storm of controversy, one of the first moral panics about powered games. A few years after, it got really ugly when it was associated with the shootings at the Columbine School—the authors were fans of the game, and one of them mentioned in his diary that he imagined that the planned massacre would be like playing in it. The resulting media coverage essentially served as a template for games related to roughness in the real world, the shock waves of which are still felt in every debate on this topic.

At launch, this action-packed zombie marksman was mauled by many for being too far from the roots of the series’ survival horror-but Capcom would probably have been very happy if this had been the only controversy about it. Instead, he spent much of his preview time and launch window defending himself against accusations of racism because of his questionable depiction of his African surroundings, and instead many sequences in which a handsome white man blows hordes of blacks to pieces (although, of course, they were undead). However, that didn’t stop it from becoming a huge hit—it’s the third best-selling Resident Evil game, and until Monster Hunter World supplanted it in 2018, it was Capcom’s most successful release to date.