[Review] Carmageddon, a game that caused controversy in 1997

in Hive Gaming7 months ago

Carmageddon is a car racing and combat game developed by Stainless Games and being distributed by several companies for different consoles or devices, being available in a large number of them. We can find this title in PlayStation 1, Nintendo 64, Nintendo Game Boy Color, Windows, MacOs, Android and iOS. This game is remembered mainly by the unexpected controversy that caused in his time.

Carmageddon es un juego de carreras y combate vehicular desarrollado por Stainless Games y siendo distribuido por varias compañías para diferentes consolas o dispositivos, estando disponible en una gran cantidad de ellos. Podremos encontrar este título en PlayStation 1, Nintendo 64, Nintendo Game Boy Color, Windows, MacOs, Android y iOS. Este juego es recordado principalmente por la polémica inesperada que causó en su época.

Carmageddon is what we could call a politically incorrect game, starting from its three game modes or how to win the game, when we start a race or circuit we will have three objectives, which by fulfilling one of them, we will win the race. The objectives are the following ones: to finish the race, to destroy all the rival cars or to run over all the pedestrians. If you realize, the last objective is what caused great controversy worldwide, reaching this title to be banned or censored in many countries, making it almost impossible to obtain the original version of the video game. The censored version turns human pedestrians into zombies.

Carmageddon es lo que podríamos llamar un juego políticamente incorrecto, comenzando desde sus tres modos de juego o de cómo ganar una partida, al comenzar una carrera o circuito tendremos tres objetivos, los cuales al cumplir con uno de ellos, ganaremos la carrera. Los objetivos son los siguientes: Acabar la carrera, destruir todos los coches rivales o atropellar a todos los peatones. Si te das cuenta, el último objetivo es lo que causó gran polémica a nivel mundial, llegando este título a estar prohibido o censurado en gran cantidad de países, haciendo casi imposible obtener la versión original del videojuego. La versión censurada convierte a los peatones humanos en zombies.

Patrick Buckland, the co-director of this installment said that he didn't expect all the controversy that the title would bring, that he expected the violence of the game to be funny, as if you were watching a Tom & Jerry episode, which he thought was something to laugh out loud while playing. Now I ask you, dear reader: Who is supposed to laugh at running over pedestrians? Only a psychopath would do that. In itself, the action of fighting with other cars is something that feels very good, it is quite entertaining, I also suppose it is interesting to be able to increase the score by running over people. But it's not something that anyone can laugh at, don't fuck with me.

Patrick Buckland, el codirector de esta entrega afirmó que no se esperaba para nada toda la polémica que el título iba a conllevar, que él esperaba que la violencia del juego fuera divertida, como si estuvieras viendo un capítulo de Tom & Jerry, que creía que era algo para poder reírse a carcajadas mientras jugabas. Ahora te pregunto yo a ti, querido lector: ¿Quién se supone que se ría por atropellar peatones? Solo un psicópata haría eso. En sí, la acción de pelear con otros coches es algo que se siente muy bien, es bastante entretenido, también supongo que es interesante el hecho de poder aumentar el puntaje atropellando gente. Pero no es algo con lo que alguien se pueda reír, no me jodas.

Well, continuing with my analysis. In this videogame we will have the possibility of choosing two characters to go through our circuits, which will be Max Damage and Die Anna. Each one will have their own car with different characteristics, for example Max has a car that goes very slow but resists very well the blows, on the other hand Die has a fast car but weak to resist crashes. Depending on the character we select, when you start playing, a box will appear with the image of the character, making faces according to what happens to your car. For the time it was created, the expressions are still realistic today. When you receive a blow from another car, you will be able to observe how the driver you chose receives the impact and other similar things.

Bueno, siguiendo con mi análisis. En este videojuego tendremos la posibilidad de elegir a dos personajes para recorrer nuestros circuitos, los cuales serán: Max Damage y Die Anna. Cada uno tendrá su propio coche con distintas características, por ejemplo Max tiene un auto que va muy lento pero resiste muy bien los golpes, en cambio Die tiene un carro veloz pero débil para resistir choques. Según el personaje que seleccionemos, al comenzar a jugar saldrá un recuadro con la imagen del mismo, haciendo muecas según lo que le pase a tu automóvil. Para la época en que fue creado, las expresiones se ven aún al día de hoy realistas. Al recibir un golpe de parte de otro carro, se podrá observar como el conductor que elegiste recibe el impacto y otras cosas similares.

It's worth mentioning that this video game is quite complicated, during my games I had several difficulties. First of all, the maps are too big, it is easy to get lost on the way making difficult the task of following the right course to finish the race. Another difficult thing is if you want to kill all the pedestrians to finish the circuit in question, since they are very scattered in many places of the map, besides that also driving to run over them is complex implying the fact that they are not static beings and are in constant movement.

Cabe a destacar que este videojuego es bastante complicado, durante mis partidas tuve diversas dificultades. Primero que nada, los mapas son demasiados grandes, es fácil perderse en el camino haciéndose dificultosa la tarea de seguir el rumbo correcto para terminar la carrera. Otra cosa difícil es si quieres matar a todos los peatones para terminar el circuito en cuestión, ya que estos encuentran muy dispersos por muchos lugares del mapa, además de que también el conducir para atropellarles es complejo implicando el hecho de que no son seres estáticos y andan en constante movimiento.

What I see quite curious about this game is the only way we have to lose, being that our car when crashed or dumped can be repaired with a series of points that will give us when we start to play. These will allow us to repair small/big damages or make the car straight again, depending on the amount of damage more or less points are required. When these credits are finished it will mean the end of the game for us, since we won't be able to continue playing if the car is totally damaged or if it can't be moved. Likewise, these points will be used later to buy new cars from rivals or to improve those you already own. The final objective of the game is to climb the ranking to get more prestige and be able to participate in new races.

Lo que veo bastante curioso de este juego es la única forma que tenemos de perder, siendo así que nuestro coche al ser chocado o volcado podrá ser reparado con una serie de puntos que nos darán al comenzar a jugar. Estos nos permitirán reparar daños pequeños/grandes o hacer que el carro vuelva a estar derecho, dependiendo de la cantidad de daños se requieren más o menos puntos. Al terminarse dichos créditos supondrá el fin del juego para nosotros, ya que no podremos continuar jugando si el carro está totalmente dañado o si no se puede mover. Igualmente éstos puntos servirán posteriormente para comprar nuevos coches de rivales o mejorar los que ya poseas. El objetivo final del juego es subir de ranking para obtener mayor prestigio y poder participar en nuevas carreras.


In short, Carmageddon is a game that was branded as controversial for little, existing in those times, things of greater violence. Today it is possible to play it easily without censorship and for free from your cell phone, seeing that times have changed and we have also changed our way of thinking. It is a pretty entertaining and good title to pass the time, technically it's a boredom killer. It's not the eighth wonder of the world by a long shot. If you don't have anything to do, maybe it's okay to play it, so you can have some fun.

En síntesis, Carmageddon es juego que fue tachado de polémico por poca cosa, existiendo en aquéllos tiempos, cosas de mayor violencia. Hoy en día es posible jugarlo fácilmente sin censura y gratis desde el celular, viendo así que los tiempos cambian y hemos cambiado también nuestra forma de pensar. Es un título bastante entretenido y bueno para pasar el rato, técnicamente es un mata aburrimiento. No es la octava maravilla del mundo ni mucho menos. Si no tienes nada que hacer, quizás está bien jugarlo, así te diviertes un momento.

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I only got the "don't fuck with me" part. 😂

Anyway, nice analysis. Is it just me or running over pedestrians is sickening. I think you're right. The codirector must be a

I only got the "don't fuck with me" part. 😂

Anyway, nice analysis. Is it just me or running over pedestrians is sickening. I think you're right. The codirector must be a

I only got the "don't fuck with me" part. 😂

Anyway, nice analysis. Is it just me or running over pedestrians is sickening. I think you're right. The codirector must be a

I only got the "don't fuck with me" part. 😂

Anyway, nice analysis. Is it just me or running over pedestrians is sickening. I think you're right. The co-director must be a psychopath. There's no other explanation.

Running over pedestrians, in itself, is sick. But it's something that other games have done, besides being able to do worse things. For example, GTA, where you can shoot people just for fun, as well as rob them and run them over. What bothered me was the co-director saying it was something to laugh at. 🙃

Ooh dear... I played that game so much :D
Also Carmageddon 2. I still have the soundtrack "Be quick or be dead" in my head.

To bad that there wasn't a good sequel so far. But by today's standards I would probably be censored to the ground anyways :-/

The truth is that they have brought out new games with current graphics, and they are not so good, they are not convincing. This first title left the level very high.

I love this game

I just find it interesting, I don't get to that point of loving it

yeah it is quite interesting, and the carnage was awesome. They censored it in many countries.