[Update] No Nintendo Wii Nazi Game For America


Apparently, ‘Imagination Is The Only Escape’ will never see life on the shelves in North America. Nintendo has confirmed that the title will not be released in the states. However, the game will more than likely see some life in Europe and Asia. I’m sure this decision was made because things tend to become instantly controversial in the United States. I’m personally disappointed with the decision, considering the fact that I am strongly against most forms of censorship. I certainly believe that the Nazis were following some terrible and horrific ideas, but that doesn’t mean it never happened. I personally think a game like this could actually teach children about real history, not the sugar coated version they get in public schools.

Last month, when a 21-year-old British video game developer named Luc Bernard posted a description on his blog of a Holocaust-themed game he is writing that describes how the Nazis tortured children, the reaction was swift and visceral.

“Disgusting concept. Some people have no shame,” wrote one video game blog reader. Another called it “pretty creepy.”

The game, called Imagination Is the Only Escape, apparently will not be distributed within the United States. It casts players in the role of a young boy in eastern France during the German occupation who seeks escape from real-life horror through a fantasy world.

Via NY Times

Monday Update From Binge Gamer:

…However, the game’s publisher, Alten8, has come out today and said that the game has not been blocked by Nintendo. In fact, according to a spokesperson from Alter8, the publisher has not even spoken with Nintendo about the game.

It looks like the New York Times may have made a mistake with some of the story. I guess we will find out in the future. It wouldn’t be the first time that mainstream media made a mistake with gaming news.

gamesindustry.biz has also confirmed that Alten8 has disputed the N.Y. Times report.

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34 Comments on [Update] No Nintendo Wii Nazi Game For America

da soc

On March 9, 2008 at 10:23 pm

It was coming out for the wii….?


On March 9, 2008 at 10:32 pm

This is pretty sad. I suppose those readers have absolutely no problem with fat necked space marines and they are also the people who whine about games not being taken seriously as a form of media for adults.

Sure the subject is touchy, but it’s history. I’m pretty sure the developer of this game isn’t glorifying what’s happened, but merely telling a story with the backdrop of the subject.

I will more than likely import this game as we should make it clear as a gaming community that we want games like this, and we want Nintendo to start caring about the quality of third party titles opposed to more garbage.


On March 9, 2008 at 10:36 pm

On the upside if there is a Euro copy… doesnt that meen we can just Import it in the states ?


On March 9, 2008 at 10:38 pm

I wanted this game.Does that make me a bad person? I liked manhunt too but What crosses the line.A fantasy based game with some horrific themes or a historically accurate game with a bit of fantasy? (?/

used cisco

On March 9, 2008 at 11:04 pm

Sounds a lot like the premise of “Life is Beautiful”, a damn fine movie that dealt with the exact same scenarios, yet somehow people think it’s not possible for a game to achieve the same goals. It’s unfortunate. Though, depending on content, I could see this game having trouble getting passed the ratings boards in the UK and it will surely have a hard time seeing release in Germany. They ban way more games than the US ever thought of banning.


On March 10, 2008 at 1:13 am

I dont blame Nintendo, i blame this country for the silly censorship that goes on. We, Americans, raise hell about everything thats different and controversial. Sad that we’ve really gone backwards from the days of our Founding Fathers. They’d be ashamed.


On March 10, 2008 at 2:08 am

@Beto: I completely agree. Censorship and all these groups who become the moral authority are to blame. I don’t blame Nintendo either… if the political climate were different here, we might see the game.

I certainly feel like we have been going rapidly backwards in the past 30 years in this country. I think if we could educate more people about nationalist and ethnocentric attitudes, we may be able to start moving forward again.

It’s kind of funny that a ton of people in America love their personal freedoms, yet they want to force people to side with their “morality”. Right now, people see it as kind of a joke when it comes to video games, but we will really are on the edge of losing a lot of creative games.


On March 10, 2008 at 2:10 am

the other thing you have to look at is even if this game supported Nazi beliefs.. which I don’t believe it does, I don’t see a problem with it. We should all be free to entertain and educate ourselves with whatever materials are available as long as the materials don’t unjustly cause serious harm to others.


On March 10, 2008 at 6:01 am

:!: that blair guy is a nob.
the fact that he said “heil hitler i want it and im show the whole fourth reich would” is really disturbing.” Unlike this of an ignorant head, the content of the game wont be glorifying nazis. What about games like medal of honor and stuff that simulate other battles? Ill defiantly play this out of interest.


On March 10, 2008 at 7:48 am

The Holocaust was a hoax. Go to judicial-inc.biz and http://www.iamthewitness.com


On March 10, 2008 at 7:52 am

Believe it or not, there still are some people out there who think it was a hoax. The power of propaganda is amazing sometimes.


On March 10, 2008 at 7:53 am

@b I agree. I’m a History Channel fanatic anyway, so I love playing any games with historic value to them.


On March 10, 2008 at 8:08 am

Pan’s Labyrinth, anyone?


On March 10, 2008 at 8:25 am

Hey Joe!Maybe you can convince my Uncle at 85 years of age who served under Patton, that his memory is failing. He was involved with the liberation of a concentration camp.


On March 10, 2008 at 8:32 am

The moral police in the U.S. Strikes again. They object to something, apparently it shouldn’t exist for anyone period. I fail to see what is so complicated that if someone doesn’t like something, don’t buy it. Its called freedom of choice. The ideas of games are freedoms of expression. Seems simple enough. When was the last time you complained to your grocer that they sell tomatoes depite that you HATE tomatoes? You just keep walking. Why are games so different? I really want to know who died and gave these these folks the authority to dicate what is appropriate and what isn’t. The way this is going down the road Sesame Street till be considered inappropriate lol. Obviously exaggerating but you get the idea. This country is raising whining wimps at an alarming rate :cry:


On March 10, 2008 at 8:41 am

Avtually, Sesame Street was very controversial when it came out. It was almost considered communist and the fact that it was made by hippies didn’t help…


On March 10, 2008 at 9:59 am

RE: Terrelond

When I read that I thought exactly the same thing.

RE: Joe

Your an idiot.


On March 10, 2008 at 10:02 am

I am not sure if the game was suitable for children, many young children play video games and they can be emotionally influences if the game is too explicit, still there is no reason not to let children from the age of 10 or something really learn the history with this and other games


On March 10, 2008 at 10:24 am

@Caroline: I certainly believe that children should not be playing certain kinds of games for the most part. But I also think that the majority of non-gamers seem to think that most video games are played by children which is not the case.

I definitely think parents should limit the amount of violent media their kids are exposed to, but they should probably be careful and not try and censor too much either.. I guess as a parent, it’s a real balancing act and also depends on the kid too. It’s unfortunate that many parents aren’t involved with their kid’s lives and organizations are trying to replace the role of the parents.


On March 10, 2008 at 10:25 am

@somewhat: I recall the days when Sesame Street was controversial. I guess that shows my age a little.

da soc

On March 10, 2008 at 10:43 am

Haha way to this one up New York Times

alba posters

On March 11, 2008 at 5:19 am

I agree that to not allow the game in the U.S. may be a poor decision. What the Nazi party did is unacceptable, but it just so happens that because of this part of history, the world is the way it is today… for better or worse. It is history and history should not be sensored.


On March 11, 2008 at 5:52 am

Guess America is more Nazi than Germany. I mean, censorship ? There should be “freedom of gaming”. I’m not in America so it doesn’t matter anyway. :grin:


On March 11, 2008 at 6:09 am

The U.S. is the land of the free.

You can say or do anything as long as it agrees with the controllers.

All citizens happily comply with demands or lose their jobs and go to jail.


On March 11, 2008 at 6:19 am

i hope there is not a game for Pan’s Labyrinth that was one disturbing(but very impressive) movie.
Putting that back in the argument Pan’s Labyrinth did not premote Nazi ideals but had them as the backdrop where story lived.

bottom line go and watch Pan’s Labyrinth while awaiting further news. :razz:


On March 11, 2008 at 7:03 am

People see these powerful, sophisticated machines backed by millions of dollars in research and technology and used by people of all ages across the world – and they call them video games, and pass them off as toys for children.


On March 11, 2008 at 8:32 am

Is this the Mass Effect all over? Mainstream media not understanding the game industry and thus condemning it unilaterally because it deals with a subject they perceive as negative?


Only when another generation passes will we look back at these reports and laugh thinking… wtf were they thinking?

Anyway, if you like the CATS: All Your Base Are Belong to Us check out this for a laugh (only gamers will understand):




On March 11, 2008 at 9:12 am

ok what about the canadians? if they are all worried about the US and all i’m pretty sure us canadians wouldn’t mind these


On March 11, 2008 at 10:57 am

I think you should look at this site http://www.sdbear.net :lol:


On March 11, 2008 at 12:52 pm

The plot of the game sounds a lot like Pan’s labyrinth….


On March 11, 2008 at 3:14 pm

sounds like it’s gonna be a cool game,
can’t wait to play it


On March 11, 2008 at 3:32 pm

I agree with Tarrelond and Memals–this game does sound a lot like Pan’s Labyrinth. But that film did not promote any Fascist philosophies it deconstructed them using childhood fantasy as a counter-point to ultra-conservatism. The girl wanted to escape the oppression caused by Franco’s military government and kind of fell into Alice-type delusions, which is really similar to this Wii title. I think it’s a bit strange to make a game out of something like that, how exactly would escaping Nazi oppression be fun, but it’s interesting enough to at least keep our minds open it. I guess Nintendo’s perspective is that it somehow pokes fun at the Holocaust when in fact it’s trying to do the opposite, and criticize it using modern tools which apply to a wide audience (remember the Wii is popular with a wide age range).


On March 11, 2008 at 4:33 pm

I find it very strange that subjects like crime’s of holocast is considerd taboo in America..The nazi’s conducded some incredbly crule torture on eaally childern Yes it an horrible subject But it did happen, So why does it seem like the US is trying to pretend like it never happend?

After all to forget event’s of the past is to invite them to happen again.


On September 10, 2008 at 1:44 pm

I wonder if they would censor a game like Medal of Honor from a German’s perspective, I would love to play that since I find it painful pulling the trigger on Russians, Arabs or Germans in games like CoD4. I am Russian I don’t kill my own people, especially nationalists.

It’s odd that they censor a game like this though, seeing as the media love to resurrect the Holocaust in order to soften us into docility and force us to give reparations.

Ironic how subjects like Holocaust or race are taboo in the far West but you can talk about how women are worthless, pornography, Islam “the religion of hate”, How bad Russia is because we love our race, s, and any other media target or perversion all you want.