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Flash game lets players gun down Palin, Bachmann, Fox News hosts

By Stephen C. Webster
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 11:08 EDT
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In a new free-to-play online game that’s sure to worry as many on the left as on the right, players are sent on a mission to kill “tea party zombies,” Fox News anchors, Republican politicians, lobbyists and even activists, using weapons like machine guns, shotguns, crowbars and machetes.

Though entirely based tongue-in-cheek, “Tea Party Zombies Must Die” contains politically provocative imagery, like walking through the offices of Koch Industries wielding a shotgun, or attending a sparsely populated tea party rally and killing activists with a crowbar.

In between levels, the game presents quotes from journalists and activists from organizations like The New York Times, The Guardian and Greenpeace, outlining the activities of Koch Industries, the influence of Fox News and the impact of big money on American democracy.

According to the designer, this new “advergame” from viral media group Starvingeyes was not commissioned by any person or organization in particular. Starvingeyes has previously worked with companies like Red Bull, UPS, NASCAR, Motorola, Pepsi and Craftsman, among others.

A screenshot from “Tea Party Zombies Must Die.”

In an email exchange with Media Research Center, company founder Jason Oda explained, “The game was just a personal project. I am not worried about it effecting [sic] business.”

Reached by Raw Story, nobody at Starvingeyes was available to comment.

The game, which launches via a Flash embed in almost any modern web browser, is laid out similarly to PC first-person-shooter classic Doom. It contains a variety of enemies, such as: ”Generic pissed off old white guy;” ”Pissed off stupid white trash redneck birther zombie;” “Expresses racist views anonymously on the internet modern klan zombie;” ”Factory made blond Fox News barbie who has never had a problem in her life zombie;” ”The ‘we tricked the God people into believing in tax cuts for the rich’ executive zombie;” and the ”Koch Industries ‘Koch whore’ lobbyist pig zombie.”

Other enemies include Fox News personalities Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Brit Hume, along with former Fox News host Glenn Beck (who’s “back from the dead,” they exclaim), along with Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann and a two-headed monster featuring Charles and David Koch.

In the last presidential election cycle, Starvingeyes published another politically inspired Flash game called “Kung-Fu Election,” which featured presidential candidates and some of their wives battling to the death with cartoon-like animations.

This game, however, may prove to be more politically inflammatory thanks to the heightened sensitivity toward the use of firearms in politically charged rhetoric. The Republican Party in Pima County, Arizona — within the same district where Congresswoman Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) was shot in the head earlier this year — came under intense scrutiny recently for its decision to raffle off a Glock handgun similar to the one used in the brutal public attack.

This video is from Media Research Center, featuring gameplay footage from “Tea Party Zombies Must Die.”

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
 
 
 
 
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