Why do I get surprised at these things, I mean who wouldn’t want to relive the slave trade in the comfort of their own living room with kids 8-14 years old? – Bring out the popcorn, slave trade game on deck for the perfect games night involving stacking ni**ers on top of one another on the bottom of a ship filled with feces and pee. Thrilling!
I swear there is a serious vendetta out there that if you aren’t careful you just might miss when thinking about what you introduce your children to. Wrapped neatly in a package cloned as an introduction of ‘history to kids’ this video game called Playing History 2: Slave trade is as racist as they come.
In this case there are no hints, this isn’t like a racist cartoon that might put a subtle spin on something then feed it to our kids. This is literally a game mocking the horrors of the slave trade.
The game can be found on an online gaming site and it was designed by a Dutch company called Serious Games Interactive.
It attempts to look at the African slave trade through the eyes of the people who worked on the ships. It has been around since 2013 but Twitter discovered it on Sunday night.
They refereed to the game as slave trade Tetris because in the game users can stack black bodies in the ship like you would the blocks in Tetris.
Or if you were particularly good at the game you could help the captain make deals for slaves in Africa. According to one gamer:
the issue I have is that alot of non gamers say that you shouldn’t even cover this topic in the artistic medium of games because it is in poor taste. That being said this game has mechanics that don’t make sense in experiencing or attempting convey the tragedy that was the African slave trade.
Certain topics need to be handled with more respect. Make no mistake I defend this games right to exist and for the devs to freely express their artistic vision. Sadly what’s going to happen is more hyperbolic hysteria about games making people violent, racist etc with no understanding of games as art.
Twitter was a bit more direct:
The creator of the game isn’t backing down despite the backlash, they actually offered 25% off if you wanted to try “Playing History 2: Slave Trade” for the first time.
You know what is worst than the fact that Simple Simon made this game? It is the realization that the backlash designed to shut the game down on Sunday night may have brought it more sales than the two years the game even existed.
Check out a snippit below: