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GUN Backfires

BOYCOTTGUN.COM (thanks GamerGod) is a website with a call to action from the Association For American Indian Development who are looking to inspire a boycott of Activision products over GUN, the recently released shooter set in the wild west. The goal is to inspire a recall for GUN or the release of an edited version that redresses problematic depictions of Native Americans and their treatment within the game. Here's a bit:

It has come to our attention that video game publisher, Activision, has released for Xbox 360, Xbox, Playstation , PS2 and PC, a new game set in the American West with some very disturbing racist and genocidal elements toward Native Americans. The game is called "Gun" and features a frontiersman hero named Colton White. One of his earliest tasks that the game player must complete before advancing to the next level is to slaughter, not once, but on an ongoing basis, Apache Indians. Not only slaughter (and this is the terminology used in the game) but to scalp (terminology also used in the game) them as well with a "scalping knife" that can be purchased as part of the many weapons offered to the hero of the game, Colton White.

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58. Damn history! Feb 1, 2006, 20:48 theAntiELVIS
All those things actually happened in the 18th and 19th centuries. Also the Native Americans actually slaughtered each other, indulged themselves in torture and the burning of captives as a form of entertainment, and used the tactic of slaughtering their enemy's children to deny them a new generation of warriors.

What the whites did to the natives was deplorable. What the natives did to each other and to the whites was deplorable, too.

Attempting to gain equality and justice in contemporary society is an honorable and laudable goal. Attempting to revise history to suit your agenda is not.

Now, the only real question is: do we want our entertainment to use these historical barbarities as fodder for a plot line? My feeling is that is a personal choice. Using censorship to enforce a personal choice or a political agenda, however, is outright social EVIL.

Decry games like GUN all you want - but organize a boycott? First of all, you will fail because the majority of people won't take part. Second you are attempting to engage in social/political censorship. This is all fine in the case of, say, boycotting the importation of goods from a nation with whom we are at war, or of a corporation or industry that is doing actual physical harm to people.

But this is a fantasy representation of an historical period. NO ONE IS ACTUALLY BEING KILLED! Get some perspective. It's no different than the whole Dan Quale/Murphy Brown fiasco.


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