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Exploding Kittens: card games get controversial

Card games may conjure up images of innocent family fun, but they’ve undergone a mature makeover in recent years, with Exploding Kittens the latest title to gain popularity through its violent and somewhat taboo subject matter. Why are card games becoming as controversial as video games?

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Card games may traditionally be associated with innocent family fun, but they’ve had an interesting makeover recently, with Exploding Kittens the latest game to find success among a more mature audience. It may revolve around the destruction of the internet’s favourite animal, yet hundreds of thousands of people contributed nearly $9 million to the game’s Kickstarter project. [1]

Exploding Kittens joins the likes of Cards Against Humanity, f**ktionary, Personally Incorrect, and F**k. The Game in treading the line between entertaining and offensive, but why are card games becoming as violent and ...

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