Ethnic Cleansing, video-game style

I suppose, given the popularity of GRAND THEFT AUTO, it was only a matter of time.

A neo-Nazi group has actually released an ethnic-cleansing video game. According to EuroGamer, Resistance Records has just released a game in which the player hunts down and kills minorities in a mocked-up New York City. Resistance is owned by the National Alliance, the largest neo-Nazi group in the U.S.

"Players take on the role of either a skinhead or a Ku Klux Klan member - dressed in full KKK robes and carrying a noose - and explore a city that's clearly based on New York. The object of the game is to kill black and Latino people, described as "predatory sub-humans", and their 'Jewish masters,'" EuroGamer writes, without quite managing to keep the vomit off the keyboard.

The final villain to defeat is Ariel Sharon, of course.

National Alliance "promises" many more games, including those based on the Turner Diaries - favorite reading of executed Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.

Sometimes the outrage overload trips the switches, you know? I think that's why I haven't seen the groundswell of disgust and fury over this that we saw over GTA's repulsive consensual-sex scene. And yet, when we become so tired from fighting the small battles that we fail to show up for the big ones, we've lost something.

It's something sad and sick inside, to imagine deeply disturbed shaven teenage boys happily hanging black men on their basement consoles while Mom and Dad snore in front of FEAR FACTOR upstairs. He seemed like such a quiet boy, except for that swastika he tattooed on his left arm, but you know kids these days. Nobody ever suspected that...

As someone has pointed out, sometimes the outrage is the point. If there was an internet groundswell of disgust, the mainstream press might pick it up, and the National Alliance would get its disgusting agenda some national coverage. My conscience is soothed by the fact that my six loyal readers are unlikely start a groundswell of any kind. :)

I suppose the most we can hope for is a fast and silent death, as Ethnic Cleansing vanishes from lack of sales and the National Alliance goes back to being the relatively obscure fringe hate group it is. After all, modern teenagers could never be so brutal, desensitized and generally brain-dead as to think Ethnic Cleansing is a great game. Surely they would look at it, say, "That's really fucked up, man," and move on. Surely they wouldn't think, "Damn, this one's so un-PC it's really funny! This'll really piss off my folks!" and pick it up.


And just a little bit more of our national soul dies.