ADL's Statement on Revenge Fantasy Mod at Odds With Comments on Tarantino Film

December 14, 2010 -

Pinged by Kotaku for a response to the Wolfenstein mod, Sonderkommando Revolt, the Anti-Defamation League says that the "Holocaust should be off-limits for video games" and they hope that the developers will abandon the game.

Sonderkommando Revolt is a Wolfenstein modification that re-imagines an October 7, 1944 event at the Auschwitz concentration camp where Jewish prisoners finalized a months-long plot to blow up one of the camp's notorious crematoriums. They succeeded in that mission and managed to kill three of the guards, but 451 people either died during the explosion or were put to death by the guards. The mod changes all that, instead turning one prisoner into a Nazi killing machine.

"Perhaps well intentioned in its creation, its execution and imagery are horrific and inappropriate," an Anti-Defamation League spokesperson told Kotaku. "The Holocaust should be off-limits for video games. We hope the developers will reconsider and abandon the game."

"This rudimentary video game is an offensive portrayal of the Holocaust," the spokesperson told Kotaku. "With its unnecessarily gruesome and gratuitous graphics, it is a crude effort to depict Jewish resistance during this painful period which should never be trivialized."

This seems at odds with a position the group took in 2009 concerning Inglorious Basterds. The ADL praised the film in an August 18, 2009 statement:

"'Inglourious Basterds' is an allegory about good and evil and the no-holds barred efforts to defeat the evil personified by Hitler, his henchmen and his Nazi regime. If only it were true!

Employing drama, comedy and romance with the quintessential Quentin Tarantino touch, the film is entertaining and thought-provoking. Christoph Waltz's portrayal of Col. Hans Landa, 'the Jew Hunter,' is chilling; Brad Pitt's Lt. Aldo Raine signifies the determination and brashness of Americans to get a job done."

Source: Kotaku, ADL


Comments

Re: ADL's Statement on Revenge Fantasy Mod at Odds With ...

Hipocresy at its best. I hope the modders don´t take the EA way and submit to these losers.

------------------------------------------------------------ My DeviantArt Page (aka DeviantCensorship): http://www.darkknightstrikes.deviantart.com

Re: ADL's Statement on Revenge Fantasy Mod at Odds With ...

Obviously this is a videogame, and videogames are a children's toy and probably evil, so of course the ADL can't support it.

Re: ADL's Statement on Revenge Fantasy Mod at Odds With ...

It would not surprise me if a studio exec or producer behind Inglourious Basterds was also a fundraiser/supporter of the ADL. Small developers like modders just don't have the economic or creative clout to deal with (make a large donation or a very public forum to declare their work "art") any accusations tossed about by any large organization.

On the other hand, I would not have heard about this mod if it weren't for the fuss raised by the ADL. So once again a watchdog is crying wolf and popularizing what they are vindicating.

Re: ADL's Statement on Revenge Fantasy Mod at Odds With ...

 Did anyone tell them that's it's a mod, and the company didn't make it?

Re: ADL's Statement on Revenge Fantasy Mod at Odds With ...

I believe it says "developers", not "company", and they're referring to the developers of the mod.

Re: ADL's Statement on Revenge Fantasy Mod at Odds With ...

That all being said, Kudos to the ADL for this line:

"Perhaps well intentioned in its creation"

It would have been very easy for the ADL to really go off the deep end at the developers for the game, and accuse them of actively doing this for attention or to intentionally offend Holocaust survivors/decendents of victims as often happens when major world events become games or mods- so well done them.

/b

Re: ADL's Statement on Revenge Fantasy Mod at Odds With ...

ADL, a couple questions: 

You praise Inglorious Basterds sensationalising hunting down SS officers and Hitler? Yet a Wolfenstein 3D mod where you hunt down Nazi's killing jewish prisoners, you condemn? When is media showing Nazi's getting killed is bad or good? I must admit I am confused, as from where I am standing this looks like hypocracy. 

---------

James Fletcher, member of ECA Canada

Re: ADL's Statement on Revenge Fantasy Mod at Odds With ...

Big budget traditional media creation with power to critisize the ADL.

Small budget new media creation that the ADL has no fear about displeasing.

ADL gets to hurt someone and no one important cares.

 
Forgot your password?
Username :
Password :

Shout box

You're not permitted to post shouts.
Andrew EisenNeo - If you're not bleeding then it's probably not you who needs to go to the doctor.11/23/2014 - 5:45pm
Wonderkarpgood. that kind of behavior is unnecessary.11/23/2014 - 5:44pm
WonderkarpGeorgina Young - Are Video Games Sexist? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rX9LV4GuG9E11/23/2014 - 5:43pm
ZippyDSMleehttp://deadspin.com/starcraft-player-says-hell-rape-opponent-is-booted-f-1662346891/+Fahey11/23/2014 - 5:40pm
Wonderkarphttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4a9tMGSTG411/23/2014 - 5:32pm
WonderkarpDan Vavra of Warhorse Studios at the Nordic eCommerce Summit 2014 on Game Journalism and why ethics are important11/23/2014 - 5:27pm
WonderkarpGame Dev Ashley Ross on the Block/Blacklist https://www.reddit.com/r/KotakuInAction/comments/2n603f/thoughts_on_the_recent_igdaggautoblocker_incident/11/23/2014 - 5:25pm
Wonderkarpwhich is interesting cause this the first one 100% made by 2k games after the THQ buy11/23/2014 - 4:17pm
Wonderkarpbleh. the more I play WWE 2k15 on PS4, the more I get disappointed.11/23/2014 - 4:09pm
Neo_DrKefkaIt happened around 1030 this morning. I was not blooding because blood was on my hands11/23/2014 - 3:50pm
Andrew EisenThat depends on a lot. Were you bleeding at the time you requested to leave or did you want to leave work to go to the doctor over an incident that happened on a different day that you didn't file an incident report for?11/23/2014 - 3:21pm
Neo_DrKefkaThat would be a major OSHA violation correct?11/23/2014 - 1:54pm
Neo_DrKefkaOff topic but I was at work and went over to the first aid kit to get some eye drops. I look at my hand and noticed blood on my hands. My employers said their is no incident report and they won't send me to see a doctor and that I am abandoning my job.11/23/2014 - 1:54pm
MaskedPixelanteThe more I hear about AC Unity being rushed out, the more I think Ubisoft was telling the truth about why they couldn't add female co-op models.11/23/2014 - 1:14pm
IanCI wouldnt say the 360/PS3 version were superior. They were different games.11/23/2014 - 11:49am
MechaTama31It's hard to rank my top 5 against eachother, but they would include Ghostbusters, Back to the Future (all of it), Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Shawshank Redemption, and The Princess Bride.11/23/2014 - 11:09am
Andrew EisenTrue, but I liked the fact that rather than do a crappy looking version of the PS3/360 version, it went with an art style more suited to the Wii's strengths.11/23/2014 - 12:26am
Wonderkarpif I had the money, I'd buy one of those expensive proton pack replicas11/22/2014 - 11:25pm
Wonderkarpthats the wii version though. the PS3/360 version is far superior.11/22/2014 - 11:19pm
Andrew EisenOdd that there was no hose connecting the thrower to the backpack. Was there just no more horsepower left in the Wii to animate it? And did seriously no one on the dev or QA team notice the Ghostbusters patch on the player's sleeve was backwards?11/22/2014 - 11:17pm
 

Be Heard - Contact Your Politician