Hold up a moment. A pornographic game for the old Atari 2600? Where you take control of the historical cavalryman George Armstrong Custer and proceed to rape a Native American woman tied to a cactus while dodging a hail of arrows? Wow, okay. The game’s themes are surprising, but it’s not surprising that the title managed to offend everybody from outraged parents to feminists to Native Americans. To say nothing of the fact that the “novelty” is extremely shallow in an era full of pretty shallow games to begin with. Whose bright idea was it, anyway?
Kudos if you saw this one coming.
For a brief time in early 90s, FMV or full motion video games were all the rage, and Night Trap is perhaps the seminal example. Presented as a low-budget horror flick, you are tasked with protecting a group of girls from overacting, hammy vampires in suits by triggering traps via closed-circuit camera. The premise is laughable and its every bit as tacky as it sounds, but the game managed to offend conservatives so much that it was part of congressional hearings in the USA and one of the catalysts that lead to the ESRB rating system. Nonetheless, the game’s awfulness has spawned a cult following and many fans have fond memories of it. So much so, that it was re-released 25 years later to a far warmer reception.
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