Spanish Politicians in Hot Water Over Immigrant Bombing Game

Spanish Politicians in Hot Water Over Immigrant Bombing Game

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Political party tries to shift blame onto the developer as game is condemned for inciting violence and xenophobia.

Not every idea can be a winner, but some ideas are so bad that you can't believe nobody spotted it. For example, it's hard to believe that no one in a political party in Spain realized that commissioning a game where you blow up migrant workers, and then sticking it on the party website, might be a mistake.

The game, called Rescue, featured the leader of the Catalonia branch of Spain's conservative People's Party, Alicia Sanchez-Camacho, riding a white seagull called Pepe. Players scored points by bombing aircraft filled with illegal immigrants, or by destroying symbols of Catalan nationalism. The game proved to be a big hit, with so many people trying to get onto the website it actually crashed. The game was taken down a few hours later, and the Party issued a statement saying that the developer had not properly followed instructions. According to the People's Party spokesperson Esteban Gonzalez Pon, the game was supposed to have featured Sanchez-Camacho dealing with Catalonia's problems, which he said were "unemployment, the independentist [sic] fever at the situation of many people without work, and the mafias that brought them here and keep them here."

The People's Party's rivals have been quick to condemn the game as xenophobic and said that it was unacceptable for a political party to be seen to be inciting violence. Presumably, it was similar accusations that prompted the party to take the game down in the first place; either that or someone within the Party realized that it was opening itself up to tremendous criticism. It's even possible that the game really wasn't what the party asked for, although that seems unlikely.

Whatever the reason, there's no way that the People's Party can come out of this looking good. At best, it ends up looking stupid for putting a game up on its site without bothering to look at it first, and at worse it looks like a racist and a xenophobe for advocating violence against foreign workers. Still, if you had to pick the lesser of two evils, looking stupid is better than looking like a bigot, and with elections coming up in a few weeks, minimizing the fallout from this will be very important.

Source: BBC

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really guys? really? that's sad. No one takes responsibility anymore. :(

It's the PP. This is not pathethic, it's just par for the course.

I can totally see the developers taking all the heat, it's waaaaay to easy for the people that commissioned the game to blame the developers by taking refuge in the argument that the industry of games is so messd up they can't make political satire without turning to violence. Or others similar.

Said argument is of course BS but that won't stop uneducated people in the matter to think it isn't.

Logan Westbrook:
According to the People's Party spokesperson Esteban Gonzalez Pon, the game was supposed to have featured Sanchez-Camacho dealing with Catalonia's problems, which he said were "unemployment, the independentist [sic] fever at the situation of many people without work, and the mafias that brought them here and keep them here." >

Isn't that what they got? :P

Or were they really hoping for something more realistic...

There's nothing like some good old fashioned racists and xenophobes applying their idiot-logic to modern entertainment.

Dont politicains ever check the things that come up on thier websites?

And damn those Catalonians taken our women and jobs...They took our jobs! (Not in anyway a serious)

Sounds like the game designer got his snark on.

Evilsanta:
Dont politicains ever check the things that come up on thier websites?

And damn those Catalonians taken our women and jobs...They took our jobs! (Not in anyway a serious)

DEY TUK AR JRBS!

¿Pero qué coño?

This falls under the epic fail category doesn't it.

A good facepalm moment.

Huh I missed this thread and put up my own about this. Seriously, isn't this just....horrendous.

Logan Westbrook:
According to the People's Party spokesperson Esteban Gonzalez Pon, the game was supposed to have featured Sanchez-Camacho dealing with Catalonia's problems, which he said were "unemployment, the independentist [sic] fever at the situation of many people without work, and the mafias that brought them here and keep them here."

Lol, this is like Zynga saying "We ACCIDENTALLY sold your personal information" I remember the good old days when people could actually come up with decent excuses.

"uh yeah, we wanted a nice family game, we got this totally different game, and not a single one of us even took a look at it or asked what it was like before we released it to millions of people.....WHOOPSY!"

The sad part is that while not in the region of Catalonia, this same party is the second most voted at the moment in Spain and is expected by many to win the next elections, they don't lose voters by doing horrendous things much worse than this silly game because rich people are interested in them for their right winged methods and poor and mostly uneducated people are too stupid not to fall in hatred traps and the lies they put out.

It's so good to be Spanish...

Classy.

 

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