Top 10 Most Racist Video Games in History
Video games are the best way for children to learn more about the world. During playing any game people explore more about society, environment, and social identities. Video games can be a best source of entertainment and education but unfortunately, sometimes racism tends to raise its head as well.
According to the research done by the Pew Research Center, approximately 73.9% of white children play video games more as compared to 26.1% black children’s. Some of the game developers take advantage of these facts and made some games which were in controversies for a long time. Some scenes of these games were highly critized by the media and community. There have been numerous public debates surrounding race and video games.
There are numerous games like Left 4 Dead 2, BioShock Infinite, World of Warcraft and Sid Meier’s Civilization IV: Colonization which was in controversies due to some racism scenes. Here are the top 10 most racist video games in the history of computer games:
Ethnic Cleansing – 2002
Ethnic Cleansing is first shooter game developed by the National Alliance in 2002. In the game player controls a neo-Nazi skinhead whose task is to kill African, Mexican and Jewish enemies.
The game received a negative review from the critics, still thousands of copies was sold within a month of its release. It was estimated that more than 90 percent of the copies bought was by white teenage boys. This makes this game one of the most racist video games in history.
KZ Manager – 1990
The motive of the game is to keep the camp in functioning and the functioning of the camp is dependent on “public opinion”. The public opinion rises when manager executes prisoners and drops if he does not. So kill the prisoners to keep the game moving forward. The prisoner mostly includes Jews, Turks and Gypsies.
The game has been indexed by the German Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons which means that it is forbidden to distribute the game in Germany.
Cluster’s Revenge – 1982
You have to play a character named General Cluster who dodges arrows and move forward to reach a Native American woman named “Revenge” and after reaches he rapes her.
The game comes in controversies because General Cluster was white and the woman was black.
Punch Out!! – 1984
This is another game we love but it also has some racist content. It characters like Bald Bull, the scary black man, Great Tiger, Indian guy who wears Bengal Tiger skin and Aran Ryan, the angry Irishmen motivates people to fight between people of different skin color.
Even your trainer Doc has his eyes bugged out.
Freaky Flyers – 2003
We all love aerial racing games but there was some racist ideas behind making of this game. Every character in this game is a waking stereotype. Sammy Wasabi, a Japanese engineer who flies the Kamikaze Express. Sheik Abdul, an Arab who flies magic carpet and an Island Jack, was is a “native”.
Postal 2 -2003
The game has the extreme high level of violent content and animal violence. This is the reason the game was banned in New Zealand. Buying this game in New Zealand is a punishable offence with up to 10 years of prison and fine of $50,000. The game has some scenes with racial and ethnic stereotypes development.
Resident Evil 5 -2009
When the trailer was released in 2007 it was criticized for depicting a white protagonist killing black enemies in a small African village. When another trailer was released in 2008 more racist video games content was scene in the trailer.
There are numerous events and scenes in the game where your character have to do mass killings of black people. When I saw the game trailer I was like not even a single black guy must helped in developing this game.
The Stanley Parable – 2011
The game is a first-person perspective where he has take decisions as per the narrative and he can whose whatever he like and the story goes as per his choice. There were numerous complaints on some of the racist scenes in the game. Due to this the game was modified and was released again as Half Life.
Red Dead Redemption 2 – 2019
This game come into controversies when a YouTuber named Shirrako posted several videos murdering a female suffragette NPC while playing his character. Later he fed her to the alligator and dropping her down a mineshaft. Later YouTube suspended the channel because of its community guidelines. The games also can be used to raise some racist contents.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City – 2002
Every series of this game was in controversies because of its violent game play where the character can do anything he wants with the society. There were numerous protests against this game everywhere from different Human Rights departments. Roackstar Games also apologized in a press release for this game, but insisted that the violence should be taken within the context of the game, which also contains violence towards other ethnic groups.
There were even some criminal cases where the criminal stated that playing this game influenced him to commit crime.