Gaming at Gitmo: a breakdown of Guantanamo Bay’s video game library

While the offerings are largely non-violent, there are a few notable - and surprising - exceptions

Written by JPat Brown
Edited by Michael Morisy

Documents originally requested by Bernard Rodriguez in 2014 and just released to Beryl Lipton last month reveal Guantanamo Bay’s catalogue of video games available to detainees.

Not counting duplicates, here’s a breakdown of the offerings for the camp’s two consoles …

Playstation 3

Genre Number of Games Standout Title
Action/Adventure 40 The Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection
Racing 35 Madagascar Kartz
Sports 28 FIFA Street 3
RPG 8 Valkyria Chronicles
Arcade 3 Angry Birds Trilogy
Shooting 5 Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon
Puzzle 2 Portal 2
Fishing 1 Rapala Pro Bass Fishing
Rhythm 1 Michael Jackson: The Experience
Trivia/Educational 1 You Don’t Know Jack
2D Fighter 1 P4A Persona 4 Arena

Nintendo DS

Genre Number of Games Standout Title
Action/Adventure 45 Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
RPG 23 Final Fantasy IV
Puzzle 22 Ghost Trick Phantom Detective
Sports 21 Mario Hoops 3 on 3
Trivia/Educational 16 Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader: Back To School
Arcade 11 Namco Museum DS
Platform 11 New Zealand Story Revolution
Racing 8 Mario Kart DS
Strategy 3 Dawn of Discovery
Fishing 1 Rapala Pro Bass Fishing
Rhythm 1 Ultimate Band

Stray Observations

Gitmo librarians have a lot of trouble spelling game developer names

These errors range from the “eh, you tried” …

to the absolutely unforgivable.

They have eight copies of Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands

Plenty of duplicates in the library, but none come close to the impressive stockpile of Ubisoft’s solidly mediocre 2010 “God of War” knock-off.

Violence is fine, so long as it’s Japanese (or the game sucks)

While the games are for the most part non-violent - you won’t find a copy of Call of Duty in Camp Seven - there are a few notable exceptions. The sole first-person shooter is the aggressively bad 007 Legends …

whose dull realism contrasts with the cartoonish ultraviolence of the only 2D fighter, Persona 4 Arena.

Which is one, great and two, features a character whose moveset largely consists of shooting people in the face.

The one that really got past the censors is (the admittedly stupidly fun) Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon …

a game which allows you to nuke New Detroit.

Take a look through the list yourself and let us know what you find on Twitter or at info@muckrock.com. Read the full list embedded below, or on the request page:


Image via Malmstrom Air Force Base