A Flash game in which players must shoot naked men in order to avoid being sexually assaulted has sparked controversy in Eastern Europe.
As reported by The Observers, Watch Out Behind You, Hunter! was originally released in 2002 on the French Uzinagaz portal, but subsequently banned following protests by gay rights advocates. More recently, the game has surfaced on a site hosted in Georgia.
Gay Armenia writes:
This is totally disgusting. The website has to be shut down unless they take this game out of their server… I wonder, where are the voices of those religious-minded people in Tbilisi, Georgia, who swear in the name of Georgian patriarch and constantly cite Bible to ‘justify’ their homophobia and hatred. Is this their (un-)‘orthodox’ way of bringing up children by creating an image of enemy (=gays) and teaching how to deal with it (=kill them)?
Jean Christophe Calvet, who operates Uzinagaz, defended the game:
We launched this game [in 2002] and it worked very well. It was only a few years after it came out that a gay rights association took legal action against us. So we withdrew the game. It’s no longer available on French sites, but it’s impossible to wipe it from all foreign sites too.
I have to say that at the beginning, we really didn’t understand why the association was attacking us. The guy who came up with the game… wanted to mock hunters and red-necks, not gay men.
Our games are not politically correct. They’re aimed at teenagers (12-18) and it’s true that they’re of a juvenile humour. I realise now that this one in particularly could be found shocking, but I believe that you should be able to make this kind of joke in the name of freedom of speech…