Sappho in Wonderland

2008 SF Bay Area, or 1939 Berlin?

Racism and Corporate Censorship at Game Giveaway of the Day

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Today’s “free” game is “Magic Farm.” It is targeted to little girls. Normally it costs only a lot of money, but for one day it’s free.

http://game.giveawayoftheday.com/magic-farm/#comment-52757

Here’s the description:

Help a young lady to save her parents from the hands of cruel aborigines. Make exciting voyages with your new pirates and vegetarian cannibal friends. While you are traveling, grow beautiful exotic plants and protect them from different funny and sly insects and creatures.

During the game you get an opportunity to work on some farms which you purchase. Grow different flowers and fruits. You must water them and protect from beetles, snails and bees that are always ready to taste the fruits of your labour. Sell flowers separately or make up beautiful bouquets and sell them making money for your trips. Bouquets will cost much more money then separate flowers.

So it’s all up to you. And it will depend on your business skills, for what time you’ll reach and save your beloved parents.

Leaving aside the absurdity of vegetarian cannibals, why would anyone in the 21st Century want a game about “cruel aborigines?” Several people on the comments page, including me, objected to the racism in that phrase. The moderator stated that it wasn’t racist because race wasn’t mentioned and besides, the game is from the Ukraine… As if there is no racism in the Ukraine… As if there are white European aborigines.

Guess what? The aboriginal people of Europe aren’t white. The few European aborigines left are near the Arctic Circle and share DNA with Eskimos and other Native Americans. So, when someone uses the word “aborigine” it’s not-very-subtle code talk for “person of color.” Of course, setting the aborigines in some made up fairy tale land makes the racism OK. It’s just pretend, right? Maybe we can have a nice little game about slavery, with the owning kids white, as the girl in this game is–just don’t explicitly mention race. Or how about a game about white people sending cruel aborigines to “camp”, because who doesn’t like summer camp? Maybe a nice little camp in the Rockies, or Dachau.

Do young children need this kind of Colonialist garbage fed to them with their cute little flower games?

The moderator, an employee of giveawayoftheday.com, censored all comments about racism on the board except the man who said it wasn’t racist. He even removed the comment that “aborigine” is most often used for the native people of Australia and can be a loaded word.

Again I ask, 1984 or 1939?

Why not contact Give Away of the Day and let them know what you think about their distribution of racist games?
http://game.giveawayoftheday.com/contact-form/

And the manufacturer of this excrescence:
http://www.robingames.com/games/magic-farm/#comment-650

The only good news is, judging by the user comments on GGAOTD this game crashes repeatedly. Sometimes you get what you pay for.

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Written by berkeleysappho

February 8, 2008 at 5:12 pm

6 Responses

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  1. Ridiculous. Did you even once play the game? I played it for about two hours, and there is really nothing about “aborigines.” There are islanders in the game, but there are not referred to as aborigines at all. The description on Game Giveaway is not at all a good description of the game, so saying an entire game is racist based on that and that alone is a bit far-fetched. True, using the term aborigines is a bit strange and clearly uncalled for. Yet before you make these massive judgment on a game, at least play it first. It just seems to me that you are jumping all over a game over one poorly written word is too much. Another thing, you say it is targeted for young girls? You might also know, if you had read further down in the comments, that there was a 23-year-old male who enjoyed this game greatly. Magic Farm, just like the Mario games on all of Nintendo’s consoles, is targeted for all ages. And truly, if a young child were to play this game, they would most likely not be reading the description. If even a younger child had read the word aborigine, they would probably not understand the connotations of it.

    Ithmeer

    February 9, 2008 at 4:19 am

  2. Could you be any more of a politically correct twinkie? The age of the speech police is dead. Time for you to stop waving the pathetic race card every time your poor thin skin gets bruised by an imaginary or unintentional verbal slight. Save the whining for life’s big wounds, like papercuts and bad trouser creases. The agenda you bleeding heart types push is a bland humorless existence in a colorless world. Lock yourselves in a sensory deprivation tank for a few decades and let the rest of us enjoy living.

    Tyrone Jackson, III

    February 9, 2008 at 10:30 pm

  3. Twinkie? Does that mean I’m sweet? Thank you! Bland, humorless existence? My alter ego is Dozo the Clown! http://dozotheclown.com

    If the word “aborigine” doesn’t have anything to do with the game, then there should be no problem replacing it with something more accurate and less inflammatory.

    Ithmeer, parents routinely read descriptions out loud to our young children. Then the children ask questions about the words they didn’t understand. Yes, men can enjoy things that are marketed to girls, too. Just as girls can enjoy things marketed to males.

    berkeleysappho

    February 10, 2008 at 8:30 pm

  4. In your post, you ask why anyone would play a game “about” cruel aborigines. If you had actually played the game before spreading slander about it, you would realize that the game has nothing to do with aborigines. It is a game about farming.

    Simply stating the words “cruel” and “aborigine” in the same sentence is not at all racist. Are you saying that no indigenous people can be cruel? That only those of European descent can be cruel? Cruelty, violence, and selfishness are a part of the human condition. These qualities can be seen in people of all cultures.

    Ithmeer

    February 11, 2008 at 10:39 pm

  5. berkeleysappho, your cutesy attempt at dismissiveness didn’t work. “Twinkie” as in cream-filled nonthinking skull of a thinskinned race card waver. Some words are inflammatory, some are inflammatory only in cream-filled nonthinking skulls. We don’t need no steeenking bleeding heart liberal censors deciding what pabulum is PC-enough for the masses.
    ABORIGINE is top-defined in many accredited dictionaries as “1: the earliest known inhabitants of a region”
    Only minority-pandering ignoramuses from Berkeley and Haaavahd have a perverse need to create N-words where they don’t exist. Grow a thicker skin and buy a dictionary.

    Tyrone Jackson

    March 3, 2008 at 10:37 pm

  6. Seen on berkeleysap’s trampstamp –
    CAUTION: Cream filling is highly combustible. Outgasses may build up inside a closed mind! Sudden ventings against perceived politically incorrectness are likely.

    Words can have multiple and often very different meanings. Take this aborigine tempest in a teacup. The word can factually mean earliest known inhabitant, and for isolated race/species, it can correctly mean being very primitive in physical or technological development. For example, Australian aborigines were early inhabitants and were also quite isolated and primitive. Many have since assimilated the good (and bad) modern society has to offer. The word can still factually identify descendants, and is only a perjorative in a particular context, i.e., when used disrespectfully, contemptuously as an epithet. Same with the word black or gay. The irony is that berkeleysap should be able to grasp that concept, seeings how her lala land types took a perfectly good and happy word like gay to create a self-esteem-boosting label of sexual deviancy. She’ll probably get all bent out of shape over the use of deviancy, too, but as used the word is correct — “One that differs from a norm, especially a person whose behavior and attitudes differ from accepted social standards.” But no, berkeleysap has been taught by the politically correct crowd to truffle hunt like a pig, to sniff out ANY use of any one of 40000 hot button words. Minority groups try to stamp out words because to cream-filled group nonthink, “no word, no prejudice.” As a group, they want LESS diversity in words even as they promote more diversity in society! Reality would suggest that is false reasoning. Prohibitions never work but always invite unintended consequences.

    Tyrone Jackson

    March 5, 2008 at 10:19 pm


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