Actual Nazis Use Popular Video Games to Recruit Kids
Speaking about his time as a "white supremacist leader," skinhead turned peace activist Christian Picciolini explained how his group "sought marginalized youth and promised them 'paradise.'"
Answering readers' questions on Reddit, the online forum, Picciolini made it clear that this is still happening today, through "nefarious tactics like going to depression and mental health forums, and into multiplayer gaming, to recruit those same people."
"They drop benign hints and then ramp up when hooked," he explained. In some games these hints can start by talking about how some in-game races are superior to others, for example, and move on from there to drawing real-world parallels.
When asked what games these groups used, Picciolini said "Fortnite, Minecraft, COD, all of them."
The neo-Nazis involved in the recruitment process are mostly from foreign countries and, ironically, commonly found in Russia and Eastern Europe – which suffered the worst atrocities at the hands of Hitler's Germany.