There's always a game that the media love to hate, and British gamers from the 1990s will automatically think of one in particular: Stainless Games' Carmageddon. While it was a racing game of sorts, it achieved infamy for the variety of people you could encounter and mow down.
Germany and the United Kingdom both took action to ban or censor the game. In the UK a censored version was released, where people were replaced with zombies and robots since non-human figures were deemed more acceptable targets to smash into at high speed.
Brazil went as far as to ban the game entirely, while the UK eventually did accept it for release after ten months of appeal to the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC). Physics were noted to be groundbreaking in the game, and the series has supposedly managed to sell around 2,000,000 units.
The game was inspired by the 1975 film Death Race 2000, and was originally going to be released under the Death Race branding. Instead it became Carmageddon and became a cult classic of its own.
If there's one thing that your smartphone doesn't have, it's a game that was censored. You can see a theme emerging here, with the brief history of Carmageddon above. The Stainless Games team wanted to bring the game to iOS and Android, kickstarting a sequel called Carmageddon: Reincarnation.
They needed $400,000 in backing, and received more than $480,000 from over 12,000 backers. As they explained, it's "Philantropy Phriday", and you need something special for a name like that. What's more special than the game that started it all?
This summer, Carmageddon returns to iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad (which should be interesting with the new Retina Display), and some Android devices. It isn't explained which Android devices, but the Galaxy SIII and HTC One X are definitely lead runners due to their high specifications.
The Stainless team know what they're doing, for they are adding Game Centre support on iOS, inviting players to try and gain a higher pedestrian count than their friends. Nothing works quite like some controversy, and they've seen this for themselves. Keep an eye out for Carmageddon's release this summer, for it will be free for the first 24 hours, as a showing of gratitude to the people who kickstarted the project and pledged money to the game.
Thanks to: King Mustard for the tip.