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Guantanamo Bay might be a military prison where detainees are imprisoned without due process and quite possibly tortured, but we’re not not monsters. The U.S. government wants its arguably unconstitutional prison to be fun. That’s why it keeps a video game library there for detainees to play.

Recently published documents released via the Freedom of Information Act reveal that the Gitmo library has 125 unique PlayStation 3 titles and 162 unique Nintendo DS titles.

The games are mostly nonviolent, focusing heavily on sports, racing, and action adventure games. The FIFA and Pro Evolution Soccer series are both heavily featured on the list, as well as New Super Mario Bros.Legend of Zelda: Spirit TracksThe Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection, and Portal 2. Because I guess our government doesn’t see the irony in letting prisoners play a game about a woman in an orange jumpsuit escaping from a windowless facility in which she’s being held captive.

Shooters are almost nonexistent, which probably requires no further explanation. That means no Call of Duty or Battlefield for anyone at Guantanamo, though apparently Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon is fine, because that one’s on the list.

Here’s the full list of games (the list starts on page 254):

Update: An earlier version of this story reflected the incorrect assumption that detainees were not allowed to play the games. They are. We regret the error and have amended the article.

Source: Muckrock

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The government keeps a game library at Guantanamo—here’s what’s in it

There are a lot of games at Guantanamo, but some obvious choices—like Call of Duty—are surprisingly absent.

By Michael Goroff | 09/6/2017 04:00 PM PT | Updated 09/7/2017 10:00 AM PT

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Guantanamo Bay might be a military prison where detainees are imprisoned without due process and quite possibly tortured, but we’re not not monsters. The U.S. government wants its arguably unconstitutional prison to be fun. That’s why it keeps a video game library there for detainees to play.

Recently published documents released via the Freedom of Information Act reveal that the Gitmo library has 125 unique PlayStation 3 titles and 162 unique Nintendo DS titles.

The games are mostly nonviolent, focusing heavily on sports, racing, and action adventure games. The FIFA and Pro Evolution Soccer series are both heavily featured on the list, as well as New Super Mario Bros.Legend of Zelda: Spirit TracksThe Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection, and Portal 2. Because I guess our government doesn’t see the irony in letting prisoners play a game about a woman in an orange jumpsuit escaping from a windowless facility in which she’s being held captive.

Shooters are almost nonexistent, which probably requires no further explanation. That means no Call of Duty or Battlefield for anyone at Guantanamo, though apparently Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon is fine, because that one’s on the list.

Here’s the full list of games (the list starts on page 254):

Update: An earlier version of this story reflected the incorrect assumption that detainees were not allowed to play the games. They are. We regret the error and have amended the article.

Source: Muckrock

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Michael Goroff has been gaming for almost three decades. He's a lover of all games and systems, but he mostly plays Xbox. That being said, if he's a fanboy, he's a fanboy for the game industry as a whole. Spit white-hot fanboy hate at him, trash talk his Gold II rank on Rocket League, or maybe just send him a cordial hello on Twitter @gogogoroff.