Custer's Revenge is an adult video game made for the Atari 2600 in 1982. It caused a lot of controversy when it was released due to its disturbing content.
You control General George Armstrong Custer and must dodge arrows to get to a Native American woman who's tied to a cactus and rape her. By raping her, you score points.
Why it Sucks
- The game is very repetitive. All you do is dodge arrows to rape the Native American woman.
- What makes the game frustrating is that the arrows are very difficult to dodge as they become invisible when they reach the lower half of the screen.
- It was also very controversial for its content, offending Native Americans, women's rights activists, and parents if their kids managed to get hold of the game.
Reception and Controversy
Custer's Revenge quickly gained notoriety upon its release. Sold in a sealed package labeled "NOT FOR SALE TO MINORS" and selling for $49.95, it acknowledged that children might nonetheless see the game. The game's literature stated "if the kids catch you and should ask, tell them Custer and the maiden are just dancing." The makers elected to preview the game for women's and Native American groups, an act which some thought was a publicity stunt. The game did prompt criticism from women's rights groups who stated that the game was a simulation of rape; the back of the packaging states "she's not about to take it lying down, by George! Help is on the way. By God! He's coming." Other groups such as Women Against Pornography, Native American spokespersons, and critics of the video game industry in general protested about the game. Andrea Dworkin claimed the game "generated many gang rapes of Native American women." Activists tried pressuring legislators to outlaw the game, which Oklahoma City, Oklahoma did. Multiple Industries pursued an $11 million lawsuit against Suffolk County, New York and legislator Philip Nolan "because of a resolution authorizing the county executive to take action to halt sales and distribution" of the game.
In 2008, the University of Calgary Tom Keenan professor cited "the hideous Custer's Revenge game", 26 years after its release, in an op-ed piece about current video game violence issues for the Calgary Herald. That same year, the game was credited by Australian PC Magazine as being one of the worst games ever made, while Games.net ranked General Custer's victim as fifth on the list of top ten disturbingly sexual game characters. In 2010, General Custer placed eighth on Machinima.com's list of the gaming's top perverts in gaming. UGO.com ranked it as tenth on the list of the most racist video games in history in 2010, also ranking the game's General Custer as the second most unsexy video game character of all time in 2012.