A multi-billion dollar industry and a beloved pastime for millions around the world, video games have also been the source of bitter controversies over the years.
When so many games enjoy large audiences of both children and adults, questions are bound to arise over sexuality, violence and dark themes present in some games. Even games marketed strictly for adults can come under fire for gratuitous sexuality, violence and political insensitivity.
Take a look through our slideshow of the most controversial video game characters of all time, and share your opinions in the comments. Do you think these fictional characters are truly offensive, or have the allegations against them been exaggerated? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to suggest any characters you feel should have made the list. Then, check out our slideshow of the most controversial video games.