Check out this link to an article on the Wildhunt discussing a game inspired by the Salem Witch Trials; read it and decide for yourself what you think, but I’m going to give you my two cents on the issue.
Personally, I like the idea of this game as a teaching tool; to teach history and perhaps sociology students about the dangers of mob mentality and this kind of discrimination. As Rynn states in the article;
“Still, crafting game play to center around outing and hanging “witches” is sobering. And not because it focuses on the Salem Witch Trials or on Witches; it’s what happens when the word Witch is switched out with other words: three that come to mind are homosexuals, Jews and transgendered. With Salem, Halpern seems to have created an intriguing mirror of humanity’s darker side; the side that targets as scapegoats anything that smacks of otherness and inspires fear out of ignorance.” – Rynn, The Wildhunt
What concerns me about this game is the idea that players may not see the lesson that this game could provide and simply focus on killing the most witches in order to win the game–that’s the part I don’t like.