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Custer's Revenge: Racism and Sexism in Early Videogames (Videogame History #2)

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Podcast: The Artist in American History
Published: Tue, 25 Apr 2017 06:46:32 -0400

Custer's Revenge on the Atari 2600 is an almost uniquely horrifying celebration of casual racism, sexism, and sexual assault. Released back in 1982, this novelty videogame is a type of revenge fantasy in which George Custer must cross a field of falling arrows so that he can reach -and then rape- a Native American woman. To say that this game is in bad taste is an understatement. A toxic mix of racism and sexism, it celebrated masculinity in a crass and violent manner - a unique and fascinating (if repugnant) cultural artefact from the 1980s. 

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