“Slave Tetris” Video Game Receives Backlash For It’s Portrayal Of The Slave Trade
Serious Game Interactive, a firm in Denmark has come under fire for their “Slave Tetris” video game.
The alleged educational game, officially titled “Playing History: Slave Trade” asks players to stack as many slaves onto a slave ship, in the same way players have to fit blocks into spaces while playing Tetris.
The firm’s CEO Simon Egenfeldt-Nielsen, said the game was intended to showcase the horrors of slavery, but after receiving the ire of the Internet realized his execution was ill advised.
“I should of course know how this would have played out,” he said. “My naivety will be my doom.”
— Mr Lee Jasper (@LeeJasper) August 31, 2015
The video game is still available on Steam, but the Tetris portion has been removed. In a statement, the game’s designers apologized for the game’s offense. “Slave Tetris has been removed as it was perceived to be extremely insensitive by some people. This overshadowed the educational goal of the game. Apologies to people who was offended by us using game mechanics to underline the point of how inhumane slavery was.”