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July 18, 2005 at 7:48 pm #4359
These people make people like R* look like a bunch of tree-hugging do-gooders. A Game titled “Ethnic Cleansing”, the first in a range of planned FPS games with blatantly racist content is published by Resistance Records.
Racists launch PC game
While anti-gaming critics are busy worrying about a mod that sees two fictional characters engaging in consensual sex, a neo-Nazi organisation has released a game designed to promote racial divisions and encourage violent acts against members of ethnic minorities.
The PC first-person shooter is titled Ethnic Cleansing and is published by Resistance Records, which also distributes racist ‘White Power’ music. Resistance Records is owned by the National Alliance, the biggest and most active neo-Nazi group in the US.
Players take on the role of either a skinhead or a Ku Klux Klan member – dressed in full KKK robes and carrying a noose – and explore a city that’s clearly based on New York. The object of the game is to kill black and Latino people, described as “predatory sub-humans”, and their “Jewish masters”.
Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon appears in the game as the final boss, armed with a rocket launcher. His character makes comments along the lines of “We have destroyed your culture!” and “We silenced Henry Ford,” before dying with the line: “Filthy white dog, you have destroyed thousands of years of planning.”
July 18, 2005 at 8:04 pm #23196
that is totally crazy. bet this game sells wel in texas.
July 18, 2005 at 8:45 pm #23198
pretty disturbing stuff…I remember reading about this before and seeing magazines they distribute.
the first amendment protects these guys too!
July 18, 2005 at 9:07 pm #23200
Very disturbing indeed!
As if the whole debate wasn’t complicated enough already – this raises further ethical questions about freedom of expression in respect to inciting others to violence.
July 19, 2005 at 9:37 am #23207
to some America’s Army is a racist game… And there was the FPS (mod I think) developed in response to it where you play the part of a Muslim freedom fighter fighting the Americans… not to mentin the Flash game where you played a suicide bomber…
ties in with the whole Persuasive Games thread, I guess
July 19, 2005 at 9:48 am #23210
Hrm, if you read some of the reviews for the game you can see the type of audience it appeals to, thankfully most of the comments are from sane people…
“You should be arrested.” -Peggy Brunyansky[/quote:53e7d4b169]
July 19, 2005 at 9:57 am #23212
Interesting alright! – As games are becoming more of an accepted medium appealing to a larger audience and as they are becoming an increasingly expressive medium so too are they becoming vehicles for the expression of a much wider range of ideologies. Some of these beliefs we may agree with and some we may strongly dislike but all seem to be just another symptom of the maturing industry and in that respect are valid and a somewhat inevitable part of the landscape.
July 19, 2005 at 11:26 am #23217
jesus.. now that senator in the usa should get stuck into that one and let gta the likes alone for a while..
i reckon florida will like this title too, inbreed brothers and sisters will be playing it up and down the country..
July 21, 2005 at 5:19 pm #23317
The interesting question is where you see it fitting in with current laws. The holding of racist beliefs is not generally illegal, however discrimination on racial grounds and incitement to hatred are. Racist games are not something I wish to see, but at the same time they not are something I wish to see banned. At what point does a game pass from commentary to incitement? Does racism in a game in which the consumer participates carry more clout than in a medium in which the consumer is passive like music or print? Are games already covered by laws like those here over in the UK that apparently outlaw criticism and parody of religions and religious institutions?
July 21, 2005 at 11:08 pm #23324
Disturbing as these things are, at least we know that the only people who will buy, sell or otherwise promote them are in the minority and are nothing but bigoted fools, and as such natural selection will kick in and they will probably die of something strange. More than likely due to the fact that their mother is also their aunt.
Extremists have always used the current media to try and promote their beliefs. They also usually have the knack to carefully thread the line between the right to freedom of speech and incitement to racial violence etc.
July 22, 2005 at 8:48 am #23325
Disturbing as these things are, at least we know that the only people who will buy, sell or otherwise promote them are in the minority and are nothing but bigoted fools, and as such natural selection will kick in and they will probably die of something strange. More than likely due to the fact that their mother is also their aunt.[/quote:64ff9669fc]
I think it’s a very dangerous thing to characterise all racists as inbred, ill educated fools. Such things can often be far closer to home than one would like to think. In addition, the amount of “ah, shure it cant be *that* bad, combined with a probably unheard of amount of free advertising would probably see it do far better than most of us would like to see it.
And in fairness, when you think about it, why is it really so bad? How many games have you bought that involve visceral excutions, cut scenes and slow motions of limbs being chopped off and people dying, hookers, pimps, mowing down people on the pavements? How many false gods have you worshipped, how many Aryan armies have you raised, how many times have you driven off the racially superior aliens?
If racially stereotyping groups according to the characteristics they display is worse than all the above, then maybe we should look at our existing virtual sins and reevaluate them with just a little more moral responsibility.
(See ya’ll at the shindig – Ill be the guy with the white pointy hat burning effigies in the corner)
July 22, 2005 at 4:42 pm #23340
I think it’s a very dangerous thing to characterise all racists as inbred, ill educated fools.[/quote:34e632b23d]
I knew someone would hit me with the “very dangerous to…..” retort. :wink:
July 23, 2005 at 2:44 am #23346
I think it’s a very dangerous thing to characterise all racists as inbred, ill educated fools.[/quote:203b20962d]
I knew someone would hit me with the “very dangerous to…..” retort. :wink:[/quote:203b20962d]
Agreed. And now you should be hit by the ‘no smiling matter’ retort too.
I was just thinking during the day – if the (british) government sponsored a series of lectures targetted at the Muslim community designed to counteract the effects of the radical aspect of that faith, would people be in favour of it, or would people consider it interfering in the rights of a religion to conduct its own affairs?
July 23, 2005 at 10:16 am #23347
July 23, 2005 at 3:48 pm #23350
Agreed. And now you should be hit by the ‘no smiling matter’ retort too.[/quote:4cfddc4df1]
Why should I let a bunch of inbred bigots stop me from smiling? The day people like this actually hold some sort of power or influence over normal, educated, moral human beings then I will stop considering them nothing but a joke, and thus, stop smiling. But whilst they do nothing but create a sub-standard joke of a game that will be played or bought by no-one except their own scum kind, then I will laugh at their idiocy.
The fact that people are even giving this serious thought and press time, and as such promoting their game and their views is also a joke.
Word of the day: Joke.
They are a joke, their views are a joke, their game is a joke and giving them any time in the day is a joke. :D :D :D
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