Top 10 Video Game Industry Controversies of 2020

2020 has been a wild year for everybody, and the video game industry is no exception. We’ll be looking at everything video game related here. INCLUDING video game-based movies.
The Top Ten
1 GameStop refuses to shut down (for a little bit)

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, GameStop tried to keep their stores open by insisting they are an essential service. Many reports even insist that some GaneStops were made to stay open, and fake being shut down when police came by. GameStop eventually went into shutdown a couple months later, but rumors speculate that this was done later as to avoid damage to GameStop from loss of sales of Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Doom Eternal.

Video games are essential to nerds... I guess?

2 PlayStation 5 and X-Box Series X/S scalpers

The PS5 and X-Box Series X both are showing impressive sales numbers, but many of them are from scalpers (people who mass buy a product and sell the product back at an inflated price). Some of whom are asking for well over $1,000.

Sony and Microsoft wouldn't charge gamers like $2500, so scalpers are greedy, like really greedy for money!

The only one I have some familiarity with.

3 Nintendo vs Smash community & Splatoon community

Nintendo stopped the big house from hosting a yearly smash melee tournament, and people involved in the North American Splatoon 2 tournament (happening at the same time) were standing in solidarity with the Smash community. Nintendo then cancelled the live-streaming of the finals for the Splatoon 2 tournament.

Nintendo can't take a hint what the difference between good and bad attention is. When considering some of the most evil concept of our modern reality, it all comes down to not giving a crap about what kind the attention is.

4 Last of Us: Part 2 vs Ghosts of Tsushima

The Game Awards 2020 was a bed of contention between fans of Last of Us: Part 2 and Ghosts of Tsushima, both of which were up for game of the year and player's choice. Ultimately, GoT won the player's choice award, but more hardcore fans of Last of Us 2 accused the voting of being hijacked by the alt-right, further alleging an anti-LGBT bias in the voters.

Ghost of Tsushima is so much better. Really it's not even a competition. Ghost of Tsushima is one the best games I've ever played. The Last Us Part 2 was a massive dissapointment. If you think The Last of Us was better, then you're just wrong.

5 Epic Games vs Apple

Epic Games installed a new payment system into Fortnite, which would allow for easier payment to Epic Games. However, Apple, who has a notoriously tight grasp on app sales on iOS, pulled Fortnite from the App Store following the implementation. Epic Games then filed a lawsuit against Apple, alleging anti-competitor practices and a monopoly on the iOS market.

6 Monster Hunter movie racism accusations

According to the Wikipedia reception section, a scene in the Chinese version of Monster Hunter was accused of making a reference to the playground chant "Chinese, Japanese, dirty knees" and many Chinese people took offense, even to the point of the film being pulled from circulation in mainland China. An edited version of the film was made to do away with the offending scene, but China was NOT having it. Chinese people were even being encouraged to review bomb the film.

I've heard of that rhyme, I'm really surprised it even got past 1965.

7 Sonic the Hedgehog movie original design

Technically a 2019 scandal, but, come on, how can we forget about this? The movie came out in February 2020, and the redesign was incredible! However, let us never forget that Paramount tried to give us a Sonic the Hedgehog that looked more like the "sanic" meme.

8 Call of Duty: Black Ops - Cold War bricking

When Call of Duty: Black Ops - Cold War was released this year, reports began to come out that it was "bricking" peoples brand new PlayStation 5s and Xbox series Xs. People who've had this happen said the game would play a few times, and then make the system act up, rendering it unusable. This is what is referred to as "bricking".

9 Cooking Mama: Cookstar cryptocurrency mining accusations

The newest installment of the Cooking Mama franchise, Cookstar was met rather negatively by critics and fans alike. However, it's the accusations that it's being used as a cryptocurrency mine that lands it in infamy. No evidence of this is true, but people speculated it after the game was pulled from Nintendo's eShop. The true reason for this was due to a dispute between Planet Entertainment and Office Create (game publisher VS game IP holder).

10 Super Mario 3-D All-Stars sales window

Nintendo released a 3-game compilation of Super Mario titles to commemorate the 35th year anniversary of the franchise. These games included 1996's Super Mario 64, 2002's Super Mario Sunshine, and 2007's Super Mario Galaxy. They were also quick to announce that they were only going to sell the collection (both physical and online digital) until the end of March 2021. This caused head-scratching and facepalms among many fans, and, of course, scalping. Luckily, the scalping wasn't as bad as later entries.

The existence of this game is alone a controversy, because it shows how low Nintendo has gotten in the past years

The Contenders
11 Nintendo takes down soundtracks for Mario and Zelda games
12 CD Project Red and Naughty Dog Taking Down Leak Videos

Yes what was the point of this they were really that scared of spoilers

13 Brie Larson in Nintendo Ads
14 Cyberpunk 2077's Release and Recall
15 Nintendo shuts down "Etikons" charity fundraising campaign
16 Laura Bailey Winning Best Performance for Abby

Really Abby wins best character a character everyone hated.

17 Nintendo files a cease and desist against SuperMarioLogan
18 Brie Larson at Game Awards

Yes anything with brie Larson is contreversal ever since captain marvel

19 Warcraft 3 Reforged Launch
20 Toys for Bob Reviving Crash Bandicoot While Naughty Dog Kills the Last of Us
21 Cyberpunk 2077 Launch - Cyberpunk 2077
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