Survival Island 3, released in December on Google Play and iTunes, has been withdrawn from App Stores today after public outcry.
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The description of the App on Google Play went on to say, “Your goal is to survive. Beware of angry animals, especially if you don’t have any weapon. At nights there is really dangerous, try to hide somewhere. In your own house, for example. Hunt animals or grow plants – you have to eat something. You also have to fight with aboriginals – you invaded their home!”
Over 68,000 supporters have signed their name to the petition which started with a goal of 50,000.
“By shooting ‘dangerous Aboriginals’, this app makes us inhuman, it re-enforces racial violence, lack of punishment for white people taking black lives, it makes fun and sport of massacres and Frontier violence.
“This App is another colonialist frontier and continues to exploit the deaths of many Aboriginal people without regard to the trauma that it instigates,” wrote Georgia in the petition.
After hearing news of the decision to remove the App, it continues to be discussed by supporters who think the response to withdraw the App from sale is an over-reaction fueled by ill-informed media.
Billy D, blogging as One Angry Gamer on blogjob (archived link), wrote “It’s true that the game allows you to survive in Australia and it also allows you to kill non-player characters in the game, ranging from animals to people.
“It doesn’t discriminate. Everything and everyone is fair game.
“However, it’s a survival simulator and everything and everyone the player kills is done by choice. In fact, the trailer doesn’t even mention the aborigines, it focuses on farming, resource gathering and hunting animals for food.
“If someone wanted to make a stink about Survival Island 3 promoting animal abuse they would have a much stronger case than the one about it being a racist killing simulator.”
Perhaps you’d like to watch a YouTube about the game and decide for yourself. Me, I nearly fell asleep two minutes in.
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