Slavery: The Game
Is this going just a bit too far?by exterminat
©2011 Nicholas LabordeEvery now and again, games are made not because they are making a bold statement about society, or because they provide some manner of artistic value, but simply for the sake of controversy. A new game that appears to be trying to ride the notoriety train to success is Slavery: The Game. Yes, you read that correctly. Slavery: The Game. Currently in development by Javelin Reds Gaming, Slavery is an RTS centered on, as the name implies, slavery. Now, really: is this necessary? And is this going too far?
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Slavery: The Game – Trailer
… well then.
So many things scream out at me from this. My initial reaction was “No, this can’t be real.” Upon further investigation, the game does in fact appear to be a legitimate title in development.
The biggest warning sign was the very first thing you saw, the AO rating; Adults Only. For our European and other friends across the pond(s), AO is an infamous rating in America. If a title receives this rating, no console manufacturer will allow the game to be put on their respective device, and no retail chain will carry it.
What stands out at least to me in this trailer is how the announcer sounds extremely hateful when he reads the text on screen at points, such as “Buy slaves. Discipline them. Exploit them” all while showcasing the different methods you can use to ‘discipline’ them.
No actual gameplay regarding the slaves is shown, most likely for obvious reasons.
It’s as if this title is being marketed directly toward a racist and hateful audience; what will Slavery feature that’s new and different, besides being “HEY GUYS WE HAVE SLAVES AND YOU CAN BE MEAN TO THEM!”? The entire premise of the game is focusing on the slavery direction, not the strategy aspect.
One last thing that really stands out is the focus on the European side of the slave spectrum; when slavery is mentioned, at least in America, you don’t think of European slave usage, rather, instantly thinking about the Southern United States.
I come from Louisiana, an historically ‘rich’ place in slavery; the house I grew up in was a plantation house. To say that slavery has been forgotten would be a very ignorant statement.
Regardless, this will undoubtedly be another game that tries to make a name for itself superficially.
Sometimes, controversy can be an excellent thing; take Super Meat Boy, for example. By PETA calling them out in public, they reached an audience they never dreamed of achieving. But in this case, I doubt that desired effect will be achieved.
I anticipate a Fox News report on this very soon, and will anticipate it with bated breath.
Slavery: The Game is slated for a 2012 release… if you’re really in to that kind of stuff.
UPDATE 1: Upon searching the ESRB website, no rating exists for the game, and I noticed that at the end of the trailer, Xbox Live is listed; whereas, an actual website does exist for the game. Fake, or not?
UPDATE 2: …aaaand, no website for the developer exists. Could this just be an extremely sick joke?