Image in The Stanley Parable Deemed Racist, to be Removed
Offensive? The Stanley Parable?
The experiment in narrative lunacy is many things (many different things depending on how it’s played), but given the core off-the-wall experience it offers, it’s hard to believe anyone would find one of its gags offensive, let alone racist. But that’s just what happened when journalist and author Oliver Campbell (Rabbit in the Road) and another unnamed teacher played it, and now The Stanley Parable creator Davey Wreden says he will remove a controversial image with an in-the-works update.
As Campbell and Wreden told Polygon, the image appears when players view a slideshow titled “Choice” and are presented with two options: 1. Spend years improving the lives of impoverished children in third-world nations; 2. “Systematically set fire to every orphan living in a 30 kilometer radius of his house.”
At that point the slideshow displays the image below:
Campbell, a gaming journalist for sites like The Escapist and Kotaku, found the image racist and contacted Wreden directly to voice his complaint, a conversation both described as pleasant and civil. Wreden said the complaint took on greater weight when he heard from a teacher who said she didn’t want to share the game with her young students because of the image.
“Obviously these things are always 20/20 hindsight,” Wreden told Polygon, “but at the time it seemed too cartoony to identify as problematic.”
“I’m not exactly married to the visual gag there,” he continued. “It doesn’t make or break anything about that particular section, and we always wanted the game to be something that could be played by anyone of any age. If a person would feel less comfortable showing the game to their children then I’ve got no problem helping fix that! It’s really as simple as that.”
The gag will remain, but the offending image will be removed in an update Wreden says should be completed within a few weeks.