Israeli game developers take shots at Bethesda Softworks

(and Hitler’s mustache)

In an act of defiance and with no apparent regard for copyright law, a bunch of Israeli game developers created their own version “Wolfenstein: The New Colossus,” which was not released in Israel, reported Tablet Magazine. The game from Bethesda Softworks (“Fallout,” “Elder Scrolls”), is also heavily censored in Germany, where Nazi symbols and iconography is forbidden by federal law.

The eighth entry in the Wolfenstein video game franchise, “The New Colossus” (released in October) takes place in AN alternate universe where the Nazis conquered America during WWII and now occupy the U.S. in 1961. Players assume the role of resistance fighter William "B.J." Blazkowicz, who may or may not be of Polish-Jewish descent.

The “Israeli version” of the game, titled “Wolfenstache: The New Censorship,” can be played for free online with options for English, German and Hebrew. You wander through the halls of what looks like a Nazi bunker lined with pictures of Hitler and one photo of Charlie Chaplin, who played a caricature of the totalitarian German leader in the 1940 film “The Great Dictator.” As you move through the halls, banners drop down, poking fun at the ludicrously sanitized German version of the game. They are as follows:

  • Hello, Germany! The German version of “Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus” does not include swastikas. Or Jews. Or Hitler. Or his mustache

  • So we thought we’d lend a hand. Think of this as an indie DLC [downloadable content]

  • Thing is, we live in Israel and Bethesda outright refuses to sell the game here, with no explanation, even though the game would have been completely legal here in its original form.

  • So we’re kinda guessing this is how “Wolfenstein 2” would play

  • In any case, you are playing [as] a Jew

  • You will be shooting Nazis. Definitely Nazis.

  • Jews, Jews, Jews, Nazis and more Nazis. Jews and Nazis and Hitler. Hitler. Hitler. Hitler. Enjoy!

Actual gameplay has you in a room lined with swastika flags, shooting Hitler’s mustache as it flies off his face, using a machine gun with a Star of David-shaped sight as Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries” plays in the background.

“Wolfenstache” was designed by Shalev Moran, developed by Alon Karmi, with art by Nadav Hekselman.


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