I don’t buy games via apps on my phone. I downloaded Words With Friends a while back and before I knew it I was over it, specifically because it took up too much space on my phone. Because of my lack of knowledge on games everybody’s talking about and playing on their phones, I had heard nothing about this new game called “Angry Trayvon” until a reader asked if we’d come across it (so for those who might say, “You’re late!” that’s my excuse). When I looked it up and found it through Google Play, I couldn’t believe my eyes. There in a hooded gray sweatshirt, jeans, and sneakers was a character made to look like a “terror,” going from place to place allegedly trying to exact revenge on bad guys in different cities. There’s video of how the game works on YouTube. Here’s the description according to the Google Play site:
“Trayvon is angry and nobody can stop him from completing his world tour of revenge on the bad guys who terrorize cities everyday.
Use a variety of weapons to demolish Trayvon’s attackers in various cities around the world.
As you complete a level, you will notice more bad guys coming at Trayvon at a faster pace and a deadlier attack.
If you like to attack from far, then purchase the ‘dagger’ as you will be able to throw it at your enemies for the kill.
If you want to dominate the leaderboards across the world, then make sure you collect the money that the bad guys will drop once you kill them to increase your score.”
A very idiotic person could probably try and act like this is all coincidence, including the developers who said on their Twitter page, “Angry Trayvon is fictitious and is was not intended to portray any people in real life.” However, with the name Trayvon and the hoodie, it’s clear that someone at Trade Digital thought they were slick and knew that some probably very hateful people would try and support it. While there are many things wrong with this game and the idea of it, the biggest problem is that the developers are trying to profit off of the death of a teenager as his family and friends continue to mourn his death and try to fight the many attempts to trash his character and fight for justice in court. As if watching this train wreck of a court case wasn’t enough, you’ve got people trying to make light out of the loss of life. I would say I’m surprised, but I’m not, just disappointed at the world we live in sometimes. People will never understand how painful these type of situations are until they go through them, and they should hope to God that they, as well as their loved ones, do not.
I’ve found the Facebook page for the game–https://www.facebook.com/AngryTrayvon–and luckily there are people there already letting developers know their game is disgusting. Feel free to do the same…
UPDATE*** On the “Angry Trayvon” Facebook page, this was posted by developers about all the controversy:
“The people spoke out therefore this game was removed from the app stores. Sorry for the inconvenience as this was just an action game for entertainment. This was by no means a racist game. Nonetheless, it was removed as will this page and anything associated with the game will be removed.”
Hmph. We’ll wait and see if it really gets pulled or if they’re just trying to save face knowing they still plan on profiting from this tragedy. Either way, it’s a little too late for apologies.