Holocaust Video Games Draws Criticism



By: STEPHEN ARBIB  
Published: December 12th 2010
in News » World

Sonderkommando Revolt

A video game set during a violent prisoner uprising at the Auschwitz death camp was announced this week.  The game, titled Sonderkommando Revolt, is being developed by an Israeli video game developer who is using the real-world uprising at Auschwitz in October 1944 as the backdrop for the game.  

 

The Anti-Defamation League, an advocacy group whose goal is to "stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all," called the game "horrific and inappropriate" in an interview with Kotaku, a video game blog.  "The Holocaust should be off-limits for video games.  We hope the developers will reconsider and abandon the game." said the ADL spokesperson.  

 

The developer of the game is using the original Wolfenstein 3D engine for this game, which should already tell critics that this game will be a very low budget, outdated production when and if released.  Wolfenstein 3D, released in 1992, has been credited with popularizing the first-person shooter genre.  Similar to Sonderkommando Revolt, Wolfenstein 3D put the player in the role of a hero out to kill as many Nazi's as possible, and ultimately, Hitler.

 

"This rudimentary video game is an offensive portrayal of the Holocaust." said the ADL spokesperson.  "With its unnecessarily gruesome and gratuitos graphics, it is a crude effort to depict Jewish resistance during this painful period which should never be trivialized."

 

And while the criticism does merit some truth, it's still coming from the game organization which praised Inglorious Basterds for all the same faults mentioned above.  In fact, the ADL actually called Inglorious Basterds, "entertaining and thought-provoking." even thought, arguably, it's much more gruesome and gratuitos than this video game will ever be while depicting the exact same painful period.



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