Video Game Allows You to Kill Zombie Glenn Beck and Michelle Bachmann with Crowbars
Sure, I admit there are times I may have thought that hitting Glenn Beck in the head with a crowbar would be pretty satisfying, but of course I would never put it into practice. In a zombie apocalypse, though, all bets are off.
A new video game from developer StarvingEyes imagines a world in which the stable of Fox News personalities and a few Tea Party politicians have been turned into bloodthirsty zombies, and you are left to fend them off with crowbars, shotguns and chainsaws.
That means that, in the game, you may find yourself thwacking zombified versions Glenn Beck or Bill O'Reilly in the head, blasting Sarah Palin or Sean Hannity full of buckshot, or using a chainsaw to hack of the rotting, undead limbs of Newt Gingrich, Michelle Bachmann, Brit Hume or Mike Huckabee, all in the ruins of the Fox News studio.
The game, which is titled "Tea Part Zombies Must Die!" is of course raising a lot of controversy.
After all, it's not often (if ever) that actual likenesses are put in video games with this level of violence. Some conservatives have shown outrage, while others, like Mike Huckabee, said that he is "flattered" to be in the game but is bothered by the hypocrisy of liberals who are usually on the case of conservatives for using violent rhetoric.
Huckabee has a point, but there is a difference between a politician using violent rhetoric and a game developer using it. As for the violence itself, I've always been in the camp that argues that video games provide a release of aggression in a safe, virtual environment, and could actually prevent violent outbursts in real life.
But, there's no denying the game is in pretty bad taste. It's pretty funny bad taste, though: the game is so over-the-top that it even includes partisan talking points that are thrown at you as you play.
As for StarvingEyes, they're most likely enjoying all the free publicity (gee, do you think this could have been on purpose?) and also offer games based on "Battlestar Galactica" and "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer," as well as games promoting TV networks like TLC.