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.
Make America Nazi-Free Again. #NoMoreNazis #Wolf2 pic.twitter.com/52OESypw4P— Wolfenstein (@wolfenstein) October 5, 2017
Killing nazi in real life is not ok.— Rasmus Vestergaard (@NewGuyC) October 6, 2017
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.
This is stupid. Any 'Nazis' in America are a minority. Ther'es far more to be concerned about. You'd fit right in with Antifa.— Veritas83 (@Dreamer19083) October 7, 2017
This game has always focused on killing nazis since it's creation, get over yourselves. Loved Wolfenstein online!— Bdiz (@Bdizface) October 7, 2017
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.
I like the fact that people are blowing up about Wolfenstein "2" that never said anything about the first one— Shadow907G (@Shadow907G) October 7, 2017