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Custer's Revenge is an adult-oriented video game made for the Atari 2600 by Mystique, a company that produced a number of pornographic video games. It was one of several video game companies that tried to use sex to sell its games. The game was first released on October 13, 1982.
According to industry watchers and critics, Mystique's game designs were generally simple, with crude graphics and unexceptional gameplay. However, Custer's Revenge gained notoriety for its particular plot. In the game, the player controls the character of "Custer," a naked man sporting a cowboy hat and a visible erection, obviously based on George Armstrong Custer. Custer has to overcome various (not very difficult) obstacles to achieve his goal, which is to have sex with a crudely depicted, large-breasted Native American woman who is tied to a post.
The game's design prompted complaints and public statements from various spokespersons for women's rights groups (who felt that the image of having sex with a tied-up woman was a simulation of rape), anti-pornography activists, Native American spokespersons, and critics of the video game industry in general.
Custer's Revenge is generally seen by video game collectors and historians as one of the worst home video games ever made. One video game industry insider said that the "pornography" element of the game was overblown, since the "woman" looked like "a hot dog made of Legos."
Like many other video game manufacturers, Mystique went out of business in the wake of the video game crash of 1983. The rights to games were sold to Playaround spin-off company, which continued the pornographic game line for a while.
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