These days Monolith are better known for their work on the Nemesis system and Shadow of Mordor. But back in the day they also produced one of the most intriguing and unusual shooters of its time – the flawed, but unabashedly fun Shogo: Mobile Armor Division.
Management sims and drugs are a match made in heaven. Dope Wars, which was inspired by the Star Trader BASIC game, was one of the ’90s best timewasters. But even today, where attitudes towards drugs and their legalisation has changed significantly, marketing a game about precisely that – weed – is still surprisingly hard.
Games don’t get banned all that often, and every time it happens there’s a surge of interest in Australia’s archaic classification system. That’s generally followed by a torrent of abuse against the Classification Board, occasionally Australia itself, and more recently, a bit of public vitriol directly against the members of the board.