Had a very interesting conversation about cultural chasms with UCI Informatics PhD candidate Yong Ming today. He explained that the Chinese version of World of Warcraft does not allow skeletons because they are presumed to be too gruesome. Instead dead WOW players become tombstones!
In the activist game, Darfur is Dying made by Susana Ruiz in 2006, the player is a refugee from a Darfuri family and must evade the Janjaweed militia patrols on trips for water and firewood. The game is meant to increase empathy for victims of genocide by positioning the player within a game environment where the hazards refer to actual tragedy.