Educational Holocaust Game Not Banned (Yet)

Contrary to some reports, Luc Bernard's upcoming Nintendo DS title Imagination Is The Only Escape, an educational game set during the Holocaust, has not been blocked or prevented from release.

The title puts players in the role of a French boy who escapes real-life horror through an internalized fantasy world. It contains no on-screen violence and presents historic facts about the Holocaust alongside gameplay.

Confusion and miscommunication regarding the title and its controversial subject matter caused some to believe the game had been blocked from release, as Nintendo told the The New York Times that, "there are no plans for this game to be released for any Nintendo platforms in North America."

However, UK publisher Alten8 quickly clarified the situation, noting that development is at such an early stage that Nintendo has yet to be made aware of the game's existence. "No one has blocked it, and it has no definitive time scale for release," the company told Eurogamer.

"I don't think the game will be banned," creator Bernard wrote to Kotaku. "[The game] isn't just about the war, it's to try and teach children something so they don't end up racist."

Bernard noted that all profits from the game will benefit the refugees and victims of genocide in Darfur. The 21-year-old developer expects to finish up his current title, Eternity's Child (Wii), within the month.

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    March 10, 2008 8:12 PM

    Kids will end up racist anyway. There are people out there who are set out to make sure it happens.

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      March 10, 2008 10:21 PM

      Like their parents.

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      March 10, 2008 11:46 PM

      Pretty much. The internet has no checks or balances and racism can reach kids so easily.

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