New Game ‘Easy Level Life’ Portrays Police Brutality From A Black Child’s Perspective. | Gradient

New game ‘Easy Level Life’ portrays police brutality from a black child’s perspective.


A new, independent game aims to depict the ever present, but increasingly prominent police brutality. “Easy Level Life,” a free Windows game (though donations are welcome), allows you to step into the shoes of a young black child witnessing the horrors of police brutality. The two-dimensional, sprite-based graphics contrast the grim, realistic source material feeding the experience. From Paste:

This game, which is a few minutes long, does an incredible job of allowing you to experience someone else’s lived experiences, those of a young black middle schooler.

The game begins as the kid is on their way to school when they come upon three police officers beating a black man bloody with their batons. You are presented with a series of options at this point, including “Eat Breakfast,” “Cross The Street,” or “Stand There Quietly.”

Easy Level Life subverts the standard game experience by preventing any sort of win condition. There is no overcoming the challenge presented. In that way, it accurately depicts a part of the experience of being black. Against entrenched systemic racism and a militarized police force, there is little one person can do.

“The closest thing to a win condition where police brutality is concerned, is simply not being the wrong skin color. The game is the same way,” Yvvy said in an interview with Killscreen.

Just yesterday, a black, five-year-old boy watched his mother, Korryn Gaines, get killed by Baltimore police. He was also wounded, though officials expect him to survive. “Easy Level Life” is disturbingly relevant.

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