“Hatred" is an independent PC game by a group of Polish developers. In order to set it apart for promotional reasons, the developers have stated that they are committed to "pure gameplay", claiming that mass murder of civilians by an angry disenfranchised man is more "honest" or somehow free from political narrative, unlike other modern games.Hatred is not apolitical. In fact, the opposite is true - it’s a game about glorifying violent racism and white supremacy. Consider the game’s trailer, which conspicuously lingers on the white protagonist brutally murdering and mutilating people of color.In this photo of the development team, we can see that one of the developers wears a shirt depicting a historical anti-communist military group (Żołnierze wyklęci, historically associated with the Freikorps) that is lionised by right wing extremists.Another team member, ‘CEO and Animator’ Jarosław Zieliński, has prominently displayed an endorsement on his public Facebook page of the Polska Liga Obrony: an established nationalist Islamophobic, anti-immigration hate group.Despite using registered marks held by the ESRB and Epic’s Unreal Engine attempting to legitimize their project, there is no working relationship between the studio and either organization. In a statement provided to Gamespot, Epic Games stated that “the video is using the trademarked Unreal Engine 4 logo without permission from Epic, and we’ve asked for the removal of our logo from all marketing associated with this product.”Journalists and commentators alike do the industry a disservice by obfuscating the developer’s racially charged political hate in deference to the otherwise well-trod issue of violence in games. In doing so, they are playing into the exact type of controversy its developers have sought to capitalize on.This story is a submission from one of our readers. If there’s an issue you think FNVG should cover, you can find our contact information on the About page.
the developers of this game should be put away. if you buy this game you should be put away. no quarter to fascists.
an interesting fact about the armenian genocide is that the word ‘genocide’ itself was literally invented specifically to describe the armenian genocide and yet everyone’s a bit waffley about whether ‘genocide’ is the right term to talk about the systematic extermination of millions of people for explicit reasons of ethnic cleansing
I don’t know if people are reading that link but it says that the word was coined to describe the Nazi’s actions against Jews in the Holocaust. I know that wiktionary can be changed and everything but that’s what it says right now. so
not that the armenian genocide wasn’t a genocide but… that’s not what the word comes from. at least not according to that link.
My god, this is the second blogger to do this today. What the fuck are you doing?
Raphael Lemkin, who coined the word genocide, was moved by the annihilation of Armenians. The Armenian Genocide began in April of 1915. Lemkin bears witness to both the Armenian and Jewish Holocausts. We know that he coined the word with Armenians in mind. He said as much. It’s a fact.
When you stupidly apply dictionary definitions for words as arguments you are bound to make mistakes that illustrate a lack of knowledge. In this case, it’s clear you don’t know the history.
Why would you speak up when you don’t know what you’re talking about? Why not ask a question and make it clear you don’t know?
Nothing wrong with not knowing, but it’s irresponsible to muddy the discourse with half-truths and misinformation.
quoms and dagwolf are correct. I’ve done research on the Lemkin papers at the American Jewish Historical Society and was one of the Archivists who worked at Lemkin’s papers that are at the Columbia University Law Library (where I worked on other collections related to war crimes as well). I can tell you with certainty that Lemkin first coined the phrase when he sought to describe the Armenian genocide. Perhaps also of note is that Lemkin campaigned tirelessly to have Genocide accepted as a Crime Against Humanity. Unfortunately, he did not live to see the treaty asserting this accepted mostly because of the United States stood in the way of ratifying it…
In his lifetime, and for long after, the country that gave him succor [the United States] never signed the treaty, although almost 100 others did. For almost 40 years lawyers fought it on technical grounds, Senate racists fought it out of fear that blacks might use it. Some senators worried that making mass murder a Federal crime would diminish state rights.
Now: What windsroad is saying is that wiktionary is claiming, on that page, that the term “genocide” was coined in reference to the Jewish Holocaust. Windsroad is right in saying that this is what the wiktionary page says. However, Wiktionary is incorrect. If you follow the reference given at the Wiktionary page it will bring you to a website for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum which also makes the same erroneous claim.