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11. The Torture Game 2
The Scoop: The Torture Game 2; By: Cmann; From: Newgrounds; For: PC
In 2008's The Torture Game 2, you can torture and eventually kill a creepy-looking "live" human rag doll using various instruments of destruction, e.g. guns, chainsaws, spikes, and razors. It's actually debatable whether it's a game or not, since win or fail states are nonexistent, and no skill's required to creatively pummel, lacerate, impale, eviscerate, and ultimately butcher your helpless victim.
12. Muslim Massacre: The Game of Modern Religious Genocide
The Scoop: Muslim Massacre: The Game of Modern Religious Genocide; By: Eric 'Sigvatr' Vaughn; From: Eric 'Sigvatr' Vaughn; For: PC
2008's Muslim Massacre billed itself as a "game of modern religious genocide," a freeware PC action game that lets you "take control of the American hero and wipe out the Muslim race with an arsenal of the world's most destructive weapons." The game's creator, Eric 'Sigvatr' Vaughn, tried to write it off as comedy, but when attempts were made to read it as sophisticated parody, even Vaughn admitted the game was vulgar.
13. Manhunt 2
The Scoop: Manhunt 2; By: Rockstar; From: Rockstar; For: Wii, PS2, PSP
In Manhunt 2, players perform visually detailed executions (styled as "hasty," "violent," or "gruesome") using objects at hand, e.g. shards of glass to slit throats, toilet seats to bludgeon, and hypodermic needles to jab enemies in the neck. What's most offensive about Manhunt 2 isn't its violence, but its shoddy gameplay: Poor artificial intelligence, bland environments, and blurry execution animations make this one a shoe-in for 2007's "Sound and Fury" award.
14. Virtual Jihadi
The Scoop: Virtual Jihadi; By: Wafaa Bilal; From: Wafaa Bilal; For: PC
In early 2008, a professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago hacked a first-person shooter by the Global Islamic Media Front dubbed Quest For Bush (in which players attempt to kill the president) to insert himself as a suicide bomber recruited by al-Qaeda. The point? "To bring attention to the vulnerability of Iraqi civilians to the travesties of the current war and racist generalizations and stereotypes as exhibited in games such as Quest for Saddam."
15. Raid Gaza!
The Scoop: Raid Gaza!; By: Raitendo; From: Newgrounds; For: PC
Raid Gaza! loads with an adventure-style logo over open Israeli fields snuggled against a cramped Palestinian Gaza Strip. Then you click "Go Raid 'Em!" and realize it's impossible to lose, as you--taking the role of Israel--raze Gaza's hodgepodge of hovels. It wants to be an anti-Israeli satire masquerading as a casual Flash-based shoot-em-up. But is it effective? I didn't think so.
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