Playstation has gotten crafty over the years when it comes to advertising for their products—sometimes a little over the top (some would say), although others appreciate the imagination that goes into these innovative ads. BuzzFeed has put together a list of the 40 most controversial/creative ads.

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Some of the more dicey themes used in these ads include portraying Lara Croft from the video game Tomb Raider as Christ on the cross, the thumb penis boy, and one where a man is getting a blood transfusion from WWII German general Erwin Rommel, among the many others. In addition to these shocking ads, there are also genuinely clever ads, such as the ad where the boy is playing his PSP through the mailbox door flap with a caption that reads “Go Play Outside.” There’s also the ad series where the young boy plays his PSP calmly while his mom sprays alcohol on a knee wound that’s gushing blood and one where he gets a shot at the doctor.

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Whether these ads end up offending certain parties or shocking the general public—one thing is for sure—they have certainly attracted the eyes of gamers over the years.

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