GamePro's most controversial articles of 2009

These are the articles that got you talking (and shouting!) in 2009

  • Here at GamePro, we’ve never shied away from calling a spade a spade, a fanboy a fanboy or a crappy game a crappy game. This has landed us in some hot water over the past 12 months, with disgruntled readers and irate games publishers calling for our collective heads. (Can't we all just hug and get along?)

    To the left are GamePro's most controversial moments from 2009. Some of these articles are contentious, others are thought-provoking, some are saucy and a few are just plain wrong (hey, we all make mistakes from time to time!) For whatever reason, they all received a lot of colourful feedback, mostly of the fire-and-pitchfork variety. So without further ado, here are the Top 10 GamePro articles that got you talking (and shouting) in 2009...

    [Note: Click on each headline to read the associated article]

  • 1. [[artnid:319618|Halo 3 ODST is worth every cent: don't believe the haters|Halo 3 ODST is worth every cent: don't believe the haters.]]

    Look, we're sticking to our guns on this one. The rest of the world is wrong, and that's all there is to it.
  • 2. [[artnid:328205|The Ultimate Sex Swindle: The porn of exposed|The Ultimate Sex Swindle: The porn of exposed.]]

    In which we lambasted Evony for its inappropriate sex appeal... with a slideshow consisting entirely of inappropriate sex appeal. (The word 'hypocrisy' comes from the Greek phrase ὑπόκρισις, you know.)
  • 4. [[artnid:319152|Breaking Up With Xbox 360|Breaking Up With Xbox 360.]]

    An anonymous GamePro staff member kicks his 'ex'-box to the curb. Spawned the infamous line: "If the Xbox 360 was your girlfriend, she’d be an unstable, high-maintenance gold-digger", as seen on
  • 5. [[artnid:327649|World of Warcraft 'dames & dorks' gallery|World of Warcraft 'dames & dorks' gallery.]]

    Tch. Some people just can't take a joke.
  • 6. [[artnid:315730|Why do the press hate the Sony PlayStation 3?|Why do the press hate Sony PlayStation 3?]]

    An open letter to the games press about their unfair treatment of the PS3 (yeah, like this was ever going to end well). Curiously, most reader complaints centered around our use of the word 'do' instead of 'does' in the headline. (According to our sub-editor, both are acceptable. So ner.)
  • 7. [[artnid:326411|Modern Warfare 2's misunderstood terrorist level|Modern Warfare 2's misunderstood terrorist level]]

    Playing against the grain, Matt Peckham explains why Modern Warfare 2's controversial "No Russian" mission is an ill-conceived misfire. Biggest call: "Modern Warfare 2 can't tell a decent story to save its life."
  • 8. [[artnid:322173|PSPgo @#$!!% yourself!|PSPgo @#$!!% yourself!]]

    Chris Jager gives his take on the PSPgo. (You should have seen the headlines we rejected.)
  • 9. [[artnid:300491|How Nintendo killed hardcore gaming|How Nintendo killed hardcore gaming]]

    "The casual genre is killing hardcore gaming as we know it. We chart the rise of the mass-murderers: the Nintendo Wii and DS."
  • 10. [[artnid:329842|PlayStation 3: It only does everything (except make a profit)|PlayStation 3: It only does everything (except make a profit)]]

    The headline says it all, really.
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