Is ‘Slave Tetris’ the most offensive ‘educational’ game for children ever?
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Yes, what you are seeing is a real segment of a children’s educational game. A section of Slave Trade, recently discounted on Steam, saw the player have to stack slaves in a tasteless challenge called ‘Slave Tetris’.

The portion of the game, which has now been pulled from Slave Trade, was allegedly intended to show children the horrors of how slaves were cramped into ships – but turning it into an addictive game has understandably left a very bitter taste on social media.

Shocked Twitter users were quick to respond after becoming aware of the controversial content, which is aimed at schoolchildren between the ages of 10 and 14.

The response was almost unanimously one of shock at the inclusion of Slave Tetris:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
However, the developer’s CEO doesn’t appear to understand the outcry, justifying the section in a response on Twitter:
 
 
 

Releasing a statement after removing Slave Tetris, Steam said: ‘UPDATE: The game and trailer has been updated. 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. The goal was to enlighten and educate people — not to get sidetracked discussing a small 15 secs part of the game.’

 
 
 
 
 
By Jamie Rivera 09/02/2015 07:03:00

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