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Holocaust DS title is “to educate”, says Bernard

Monday, 10th March 2008 13:40 GMT By Patrick Garratt

Speaking here, Luc Bernard, developer of DS title Imagination is the Only Escape, has defended the game’s setting saying its aim to to educate children about the Holocaust.

“It’s to educate children about awareness and racism,” he said. “There won’t be any violent scenes, the bottom screen just displays the reality of what happened – you can find that information in books.

“I hate World War II shooters. I think they are sick and disgusting. The war is not a game. That is why I did this title, to show kids what really happened during the war.”

News emerged this morning that Nintendo has no plans to publish the game in either the US or Europe, although Bernard is hopeful of an eventual release.

“Why can a game like Manhunt go on sale when it’s a murdering simulation, and a game like Imagination is the Only Escape – which has no violence and is about a young child trying to escape the horrors of war with his imagination – be banned? Tell me isn’t that messed up,” he said.

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5 Comments

  1. pleasant_cabbage

    Wasn’t very imaginative to rely on the holocaust for a lesson for kiddies in racism…

    #1 7 years ago
  2. patlike

    I dunno. I guess there isn’t really a better lesson in racism out there…

    #2 7 years ago
  3. pleasant_cabbage

    I dunno either. I just think it’s a little near sighted, and in some ways sanitised and removed from kids own contexts, to always relate racism to that huge tragedy…

    #3 7 years ago
  4. patlike

    Yep, fair point. I can see why he’s doing it, though. I think it’s actually great that someone’s trying to take a stand against war glorification in games.

    #4 7 years ago
  5. pleasant_cabbage

    Oh I totally agree about the importance of games being free to do this and his arguments about manhunt/ generic ww2 frag fest are spot-on.

    #5 7 years ago

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