Slavery for Gamers

Published:September 4, 2015 by Brendan Wolfe

A history video game that has a feature called “Slave Tetris,” in which users attempt to efficiently stack enslaved men, women, and children into a ship. The company CEO defends its gruesomeness by suggesting that this is the point. Playing a fun game that dehumanizes Africans will teach us not to do that. I’m not totally convinced yet.

Read more about slave ships and the Middle Passage.

IMAGE:  A schematic drawing of the slave ship Brooks, from 1808 (University of Virginia Special Collections)