A video game / app by Nil Entertainment, ‘Survival Island 3 Australia,’ which includes the option of killing Aboriginal Australian people has been removed from Google Play and iTunes after an online petition generated more than 50,000 signatures.
The online petition on Change.org entitled “Killing Indigenous Australians is not a game!” was started by Georgia Mantle from Sydney Australia. In her petition Mantle wrote:
“Selling games that promote racism and negative stereotypes of Indigenous Australians is not acceptable!
The game shamelessly promotes the fact that you will “have to fight with aboriginals” and uses warning messages like, “Beware of Aborigines!” when Indigenous people appear on screen. The game portrays Indigenous Australian’s as violent and aggressive. As well as trying to promote the Indigenous characters as authentic representations of a diverse culture through the description phrasing, “Meet real aboriginals.
Indigenous Australians face daily racism and discrimination. Indigenous Australians are over policed and continue to die at the hands of the state. This app further perpetuates the denial of Indigenous Australians humanity. It associates us with flora and fauna of the Australian landscape.
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.”
— Amy Brim (@AmyBrim) January 15, 2016
According to the news publication abc.net.au in Sydney a representative at Google Play said they would not comment on individual apps in the Google Play marketplace but added that the company removes applications that violate their policies.
The iTunes spokesperson said they no longer hosted the game on iTunes.
iTunes had listed the app with screenshots and included a warning for players to “beware of Aborigines,” with a description that said “you have to fight with Aboriginals – you invaded their home!”
The twitter account @LukeLPearson mirrored the sentiment of many on social media with his comment on twitter. “I can’t even… wtf is wrong with people?” Ray Wilson of Bathurst, New South Wales who first tweeted about the app, expressed appreciation once the game was removed from the app stores.
— Ray Wilson (@Ray__Wilson) January 16, 2016