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  •  Harriet Tubman Unchained? (fist pump) (1+ / 0-)
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    I always imagined her as an Action Girl.   She led Union troops in the Combahee Ferry Raid .  

    In a written report to U.S. Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton, Union Brig. Gen. Rufus Saxton stated, "This is the only military command in American history wherein a woman, black or white, led the raid and under whose inspiration it was originated and conducted."
    I think there are two main reasons why the Holocaust isn't a game: #1, the Holocaust industry defends its brand as fiercely as Disney does theirs (the word can't be used for any other meaning, even though it had been for centuries) and #2, it would be completely depressing, as everyone knows the odds of survival and possibility of any sort of reward are virtually nil.   There are no even slightly happy stories, even Europa Europa or Life is Beautiful, because the protagonists' families, friends and neighbors were killed.  Which leads to #3, being still within living memory (my MIL is in her late 80's) and so intensively covered on TV, film and books doesn't leave much room for the imagination, though Cthulhu knows Tarantino tried.

    "Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold...The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity" -W.B. Yeats

    by LucyandByron on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 02:05:44 PM PST

    •  You ID'd biggest diff between Holocaust and Und RR (0+ / 0-)

      The Underground Railroad can have a happy ending, while a Holocaust game really can't.  Given the age group of the target audience, the game has to support a curriculum that can't be portrayed too graphically.

      All the subthreads, so far, don't seem to really answer the diarists question on why we see games for some historical events, and not others.

      I think there are many factors that go into it.  When certain events appear in the curriculum, how it's covered, etc.  

      Dont Mourn, Organize !#konisurrender

      by cks175 on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 03:46:02 PM PST

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