Yesha Callahan

Racist Video Game ‘Playing History 2: Slave Trade’ Pokes Fun at the Slave Trade

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The Dutch aren’t known for their racial sensitivity, so it shouldn’t be shocking to find out a Dutch company is profiting off the slave trade with a disgusting video game.

History 2: Slave Trade is being sold on the online gaming site Steam Community. The game is supposed to be a ‘realistic’ look at the African slave trade, as told through the eyes of people who worked on slave ships.

The game, whose target users are between the ages of 8-14, is described as:

The Playing History game series revolves around experiencing engaging and personal stories set in exhilarating points in world history. The series have won the category of ‘best learning game’ in Europe. The series puts the student in the middle of important and interesting points in history.

Why play Playing History?

To gain the opportunity to take part in history, within in a living breathing world. You will be able to learn about historic events that they cannot alter – instead, they witness how the historic events altered humanity as a whole. The learning process is autonomously conveyed throughout the story of the game as it progresses, this occurs through decisions and actions taken by the player throughout the course of the game. This kind of interaction is a unique learning method, which encourages the player to relate to the world and actively seek out knowledge.

Slave Trade: Travel back in time to the 18th century and witness the horrors of the trans-Atlantic slave trade firsthand. In this episode, you will be working as young slave steward on a ship crossing the Atlantic. You are to serve the captain and be his eyes and ears – reporting any suspicious activities is your duty. But what do you do, when you realize that your own sister has been captured by the slave traders?

One has to wonder if they company will make a Holocaust game?

Many people on social media are appalled by the game:

But of course the creator sees absolutely nothing wrong with it:

https://twitter.com/egenfeldt/status/638285196450791424

https://twitter.com/egenfeldt/status/638069038611079170

Clutchettes, what do you think about the game? Is it educational or nah?

Image Credits: YouTube ScreenGrab/SreenShot

  1. August 31, 2015 - Reply

    The game is blatantly disrespectful. One website (promoting the game) saying that the game is about showing the “exhilarating points in world history.” It trivializes the Maafa. There is nothing exhilarating about innocent human beings being kidnapped from the beautiful Motherland of Africa and sent to the Americas. The Maafa was criminal. The game is racist since one slave owner in the game called a black young person, “you lazy, little son of a jungle jingle. My trust in you is foreign.” Also, the game omits the massive slave revolts in Africa, in the Americas, etc. where black people fought against white racists. Educating children about the Maafa and the slave revolts can come in alternative ways other than that video game.

  2. August 31, 2015 - Reply

    I wonder if they’ll make a game about the H0@xacaust.. Getting people ready for gas showers, making lamp shades, throwing infants in the air and shooting them. Then at the end of the game everyone will find out it was all a Hoax.. I wonder if white people would find that fun, or offensive?? I’m going to look into that..

    • August 31, 2015 - Reply

      @ApMillz-CT

      Exactly Sister.

      If a game like that existed, you already know what it is. There soul be protests, boycotts, and condemnation by various Jewish organization. Even the game Frankenstein have people killing Nazis excluding showing the harsh actions of the Holocaust. The fake apology by one person, shows how some people care for profit not black people.

      • August 31, 2015 - Reply

        @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

        i recently ran across the book ‘destined to witness,’ Hans Massaquoi’s memoir about his experience growing up black in germany and his experience as a teenager in nazi germany. it was very compelling.

        • August 31, 2015 - Reply

          @Rizzo

          Exactly. Many Afro-Germans were forcibly sterilized by the Nazis. The Nazis were outright terrorists and people should read Hans Massaquoi’s memoir too.

        • September 3, 2015 - Reply

          @Rizzo

          I will check that out. Thanks for sharing.

          • September 3, 2015 - Reply

            @Mary Burrell

            you are more than welcome. learning about black people in nazi germany is very interesting – almost exciting. so little is known or written about them.

  3. August 31, 2015 - Reply

    ……………..what?

  4. August 31, 2015 - Reply

    Theres hardly places in Europe I want to bother with, other countries are far more interesting.

  5. August 31, 2015 - Reply

    ‘I’m sorry that the game harmed some people’. It’s damaging to both adult and children alike who are of African descent spanning the globe. That’s a huge population.

    • September 3, 2015 - Reply

      @maralondon

      That was a sorry not sorry sorry assed apology. They always do something appalling then give an insincere apology.

  6. August 31, 2015 - Reply

    When we think of the Trans Atlantic Slave trade, the US and UK come to mind.
    The Dutch are nearly ignorant of the brutality of the Slave trade due to systematic white-washing of their involvement, which may be the reason they don’t understand the offensive nature of this ridiculous game.
    Actually, the Dutch shipped around a half million enslaved Africans to Brazil to work the sugar plantations. Most of the descendants of those enslaved Africans reside in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

    • August 31, 2015 - Reply

      @Chazz A

      Some of those folks don’t care. Also, many of the racist Dutch have shown the Pete caricatures too. Speaking of the Dutch, there the The Black Heritage Amsterdam tour. These ours has been established by a Sister named Jennifer Tosch. Sister Jennifer Tosch wants people to learn about the Maafa in a way that can inspire people to never forget the suffering of our ancestors. Also, she wants people to learn about the African Diaspora in the Netherlands as well since we are an international people.

      • August 31, 2015 - Reply

        @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

        I see you know your stuff brother Truth. Jennifer Tosch is a juggernaut in Amsterdam and most black people in this country have never heard of her. My former college Professor and mentor shared some knowledge of her and her endeavors with me a few yrs back. Her ideology goes back to Pan African-ism and the Garvey movement.

        • August 31, 2015 - Reply

          @Chazz A

          Kwame Ture also believed pan-Africanism too. Marcus Garvey was ahead of his time. Yes, Jennifer Tosch is a genius and her tours are a labor of love for black people. Also, one of her friends are dealing with tours in Paris as well. Our ancestors sacrificed a great deal for us and we are inspired by them to show the truth and advocate justice for our Brothers and for our Sisters.

          • August 31, 2015 - Reply

            @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

            Yes indeed. Regardless of what mass media projects, we are a strong, resilient people and the moment we put aside petty differences and in fighting, we will be destined for great things, collectively.

          • September 3, 2015 - Reply

            @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

            Thanks for sharing about Jennifer Tosch

            • September 3, 2015 - Reply

              @Mary Burrell

              You’re Welcome Sister Mary Burrell.

      • September 3, 2015 - Reply

        @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

        I am appalled this is totally disgusting.

        • September 3, 2015 - Reply

          @Mary Burrell

          When I read this story, I was completely shocked. The game is a complete mockery of the experiences of our ancestors.

  7. August 31, 2015 - Reply

    still making money off black chattel slavery … in 2015

  8. September 3, 2015 - Reply

    This is the sick mindset of colonialzation.

  9. September 3, 2015 - Reply

    Aren’t these the same m’effers that have that disgusting black Pete character?

  10. September 3, 2015 - Reply

    This game is disgusting and they want to be obtuse.

  11. September 3, 2015 - Reply

    There is no end to the disgusting things these sick beast come up with.

    • September 3, 2015 - Reply

      @Mary Burrell

      I feel you Sister.

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