Friday, September 04, 2015

Must not portray slaves in games

An internet game called 'Slave Tetris' in which players stack as many Africans as they can into a ship's hold has been pulled after it caused a furious reaction online.

It was a segment of a wider game called Playing History: Slave Trade aimed at educating people about the horrors of slavery.

The different shaped blocks of classic title Tetris were replaced with emaciated black figures wearing only different coloured shorts.

As in Tetris they would appear at the top of the screen and players would have to arrange them so they fit together, in this case inside the hold of a slave ship.

The game was designed by Danish firm Serious Games Interactive, whose CEO Simon Egenfeldt-Nielsen wrote his PhD thesis on the 'educational use of computer games.'

He was savaged on Twitter over Slave Tetris, with on user calling him a 'clueless white Dane' and another saying the game was 'dehumanizing and anti-black.'

On Monday Egenfeldt-Nielsen bowed to pressure and removed the segment from Playing History: Slave Trade, though the rest of the game is still available on digital game store Steam.

But he has defended Slave Tetris, saying on Twitter the 'point [was] to disgust people so they understand how inhumane [the] slave trade was.'

Egenfeldt-Nielsen added it was only a 15 second part of a two hour long game where participants play as an escaped slave, reports The Daily Mirror.

In a series of responses to irate Twitter users he admitted he, 'should of course [have] know[n] how this would have played out,' adding, 'My naivety will be my doom.'

Egenfeldt-Nielsen also posted: 'Slave Tetris has been removed as it was perceived to be extremely insensitive by some people.

'This overshadowed the educational goal of the game. 'The goal was to enlighten and educate people — not to get sidetracked discussing a small 15 secs part of the game.

'I have sad earlier that I was sorry that the game harmed some people, and that wasn't the intention.'



Anonymous said...

I would think that there would be a better way to show the evils of the slave trade.
I believe that slave trade is still going on in some parts of the World.

Anonymous said...

Stupid is as stupid does.

stinky said...

It is the mark of a spoiled first-worlder to treat such matters as a game and to expect applause for that.

Bird of Paradise said...

Just when you thought P.C. could,nt get anymore rediculous then this happens

Alpha Skua said...

Americas first slave owner was a black man

Anonymous said...

I love it when the left eat their own.

Anonymous said...

What's wrong with making money? Screw everyone's feelings.

Alpha Skua said...

The most common and familiar sounds you hear from a liberal is WHINE,WHINE,WHINE

Olaf Koenders said...

Cute. I like it. What if they used North Koreans or Chinese instead? Would the hypocritical PC-brigade have a problem with that? Hell no - they're not black..