Video game franchise criticized for 'Make America Nazi-free again' tweet

Twitter is embroiled in an ongoing debate about whether or not it is controversial to be anti-Nazi.

October 9, 2017 10:50
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A visitor plays games on PlayStation 4 (PS4).

A visitor plays games on PlayStation 4 (PS4).. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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The creators of the World War II action video game Wolfenstein posted on Twitter last week an apparently controversial statement: “Make America Nazi-free again.”

Wolfenstein is a 20-year-old franchise that pits the player against a fictional Nazi army. The tweet in question was a play on now President Donald Trump's campaign slogan: “Make America great again.”
Responders on Twitter seemed to claim that the Wolfenstein creators were calling for violence similar to that alleged by the extreme leftist group Antifa. 
Peter Hines, the game studio’s vice president of marketing and public relations, said he did not intend for the statement to be so easily muddled. “Wolfenstein has been a decidedly anti-Nazi series since the first release more than 20 years ago. We aren’t going to shy away from what the game is about. We don’t feel it’s a reach for us to say Nazis are bad and un-American, and we’re not worried about being on the right side of history here,” Hines stated in an interview with GameIndustry magazine.

Fans of Wolfenstein were quick to support the franchise. Many stated that killing Nazis had never been a controversial subject before the current political climate. 
The makers of the game wanted to send a simple message that Nazis were bad and did not expect such a polarized response.

Some fear this game will inspire further clashes between neo-Nazi groups and their opposition.

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