Game Parody of Obama School Speech Controversy a Poor Choice for September 11th

September 11, 2009 -

This week's controversy over President Obama's speech to America's school children has morphed into a rather unfortunate online game.

Obama's School Camp comes from Scottish firm T-Enterprise, which often mocks political issues with their Friday game offerings. Today's game challenges players to press letters on their keyboards which correspond to paper airplanes floating toward an animation of the President. Press the right letter quickly enough and the paper airplane disappears. Otherwise, it strikes the Obama character.

The paper airplane imagery seems to be an especially poor choice for a game published today, September 11th. It seems an even worse decision given that the game comes from T-Enterprise, which was the firm behind the now-canceled Rendition: Guantanamo project. A consultant to that game was alleged to have ties to Al Qaeda and the Taliban.


Comments

Re: Game Parody of Obama School Speech Controversy a Poor ...

Sadly, I understand, to a point.. I have a cat as well.. It just made me chuckle to see it in text.

Re: Game Parody of Obama School Speech Controversy a Poor ...

Seriously?? correlating the release date of a crappy paper airplane parody game into the WTC attacks.  Must be bored.

Re: Game Parody of Obama School Speech Controversy a Poor ...

Oh puh-leaze!

What?  If a kid makes a paper airplane today they are going to be arrested and charged with being a terrorist?  Are they going to be waterboarded til they give up the Mastermind to their cell?

Ya know what?  The year anniversary I can understand.  Maybe the five year anniversary I could.  But, for all that crap they screamed that the attack wouldn't change us, it seems to have changed us A LOT!

Enough!

The game was well within context!  It was about kids throwing paper airplanes!

Ya know what else is hilarious?  The organization that is taking responsibility for having had Rendition cancelled LIED AND DECEIVED to FORCE the company to cancel the game.  And the organization claimed to be one protecting FREEDOM.  Lying to and deceiving others may be a protected Right, but using it to force your view on others is NOT.

Dennis, provide FACTUAL evidence that the ties to terrorists.  As is shown in MANY articles, even the legal authorities had to release the person accused of such ties because THEY had no FACTUAL evidence to back up the charge.  If they had, then the accused should have been CHARGED, TRIED, CONVICTED, and SENTENCED.  But they didn't.  Continuing to imply such is just as much a deceit as what the Vets for (Anti-)Freedom did.

Do we continue to call individuals who were proven to be innocent of other crimes "alleged of crime X" years after THEIR innocence was proven or their guilt not proven?  In some cases, yes.  And that's a sign of a very poor society indeed.

Nightwng2000

NW2K Software

http://www.facebook.com/nightwing2000

Nightwng2000 is now admin to the group "Parents For Education, Not Legislation" on MySpace as http://groups.myspace.com/pfenl

Nightwng2000 NW2K Software http://www.facebook.com/nightwing2000 Nightwng2000 is now admin to the group "Parents For Education, Not Legislation" on MySpace as http://groups.myspace.com/pfenl

Re: Game Parody of Obama School Speech Controversy a Poor ...

When the statement is "[a] consultant to that game was alleged to have ties to Al Qaeda and the Taliban" (emphasis supplied), I don't think it can be fairly said that Mr. McCauley is implying that the ties actually existed. Rather, he seems to be stating the fact that ties were alleged to have existed - which is indeed, to the best of my knowledge, a fact. You appear to be unfairly tasking Mr. McCauley with providing substantiation for an assertion he never makes.

Having said that, I'm not sure, however, that the game's content together with the fact of a release date of Septemeber 11 and the fact that the publisher consulted with a person alleged to have ties to Al Qaeda and the Taliban necessarily supports Mr. McCauley's opinion that the game is in poor taste or evidences poor judgment. But, hey, that's nothing more than Mr. McCauley's opinion and, as such, doesn't necessarily require a lick of support. 

Re: Game Parody of Obama School Speech Controversy a Poor ...

Honestly, I think that GP is reaching a lot in this story.

"which often mocks political issues with their Friday game offerings." Today is a Friday, which means a new game. And this is the first Friday since Obama's most recent speech. Just because today (the first Friday after a big speech, meaning the first time this site would have a game related to this speech) is the anniversery of a terrorist attack doesn't make the game "in poor taste" or because of "poor judgment." They probably didn't think about it (I didn't know it was 9-11 until about an hour ago when I looked at a calender), and if they did think about it they probably dismissed it as irrelevent (because who would really get upset about this totally unrelated game that has some vague possible similarities to 9-11?).

And as for "the fact that the publisher consulted with a person alleged to have ties to Al Qaeda and the Taliban necessarily supports Mr. McCauley's opinion that the game is in poor taste or evidences poor judgment," just because someone is alleged (based on nothing and with no trial or due process) to be a terrorist doesn't make them guilty, otherwise it would be shady that Obama gave an education speech because he was "alleged" to be the anti-Christ/a terrorist.

Allegations mean absolutely nothing without evidence. I have so much sympathy for that (almost definitely) innocent guy. Hell, if *I* was wrongly imprisoned without a trial or anything, the first thing that I'd do after getting out is go bomb a building belonging to whatever agency wrongly held me.

-If an apple a day keeps the doctor away....what happens when a doctor eats an apple?-

-Optimum est pati quod emendare non possis-It is best to endure what you cannot change-

Re: Game Parody of Obama School Speech Controversy a Poor ...

Gamepolitics reachs in a lot of their articles. I take ANY editorializing on this site with a huge grain of salt.

Re: Game Parody of Obama School Speech Controversy a Poor ...

Oh please. Is it in any poorer taste than say... me downloading the WTC map in Garry's Mod, then ramping cars off the side of the building AS it's falling?

---You are likely to be eaten by a Grue.

---You are likely to be eaten by a Grue.

Re: Game Parody of Obama School Speech Controversy a Poor ...

Is it in any poorer taste than people trying to find old copies of Flight Simulator so they can continue to fly their planes between the towers?  Or crash into them because of poor flying skills?

Nightwng2000

NW2K Software

http://www.facebook.com/nightwing2000

Nightwng2000 is now admin to the group "Parents For Education, Not Legislation" on MySpace as http://groups.myspace.com/pfenl

Nightwng2000 NW2K Software http://www.facebook.com/nightwing2000 Nightwng2000 is now admin to the group "Parents For Education, Not Legislation" on MySpace as http://groups.myspace.com/pfenl

Re: Game Parody of Obama School Speech Controversy a Poor ...

GP, regardless of whether or not I agree, the problem is I should have nothing to agree with. Where's your non-partisanship?

Re: Game Parody of Obama School Speech Controversy a Poor ...

Funny thing is, I found out a week or two ago my friends have set a wedding date of next September 11. The car I was in all broke into laughter and I then suggested that instead of throwing rice or blowing bubbles, we toss paper airplanes at the couple as they walk down the asile at the end.

Mind you, this is Canada so dark humour is apreciated a little more.

Re: Game Parody of Obama School Speech Controversy a Poor ...

It's not that we don't appreciate dark humor.  It's just when your country is the one that was attacked, it's very much a tender spot for every citizen.  We can't really separate ourselves from the incident as much as people from other countries can.

www.20sidedwoman.blogspot.com

Re: Game Parody of Obama School Speech Controversy a Poor ...

In other words certain people have sticks bugs or other foreign objects wedged up their hindends.

Re: Game Parody of Obama School Speech Controversy a Poor ...

Whatever, I am an American I don't mind if someone makes a joke. I wouldn't do it in front of a 9/11 widow but I'm not going to cry if I upset some butt hurt individual.

Re: Game Parody of Obama School Speech Controversy a Poor ...

I wasn't just refering to 9/11 when I mentioned dark humour. I tend to see that any type of joke that's dark or "offensive" gets condemed much quicker in the States than in Canada.

Unless you trash Toronto, they just don't know how to take a joke.

Re: Game Parody of Obama School Speech Controversy a Poor ...

lmfao

---

He was dead when I got here.

--- With the first link, the chain is forged.

Re: Game Parody of Obama School Speech Controversy a Poor ...

You're right, but, as someone who lost a very close friend in the WTC attacks, this game isn't bad in any way (as far as the controversy is concerned, anyway).  I don't see any reason to get up in arms about this game, whatsoever.

---

He was dead when I got here.

--- With the first link, the chain is forged.

Re: Game Parody of Obama School Speech Controversy a Poor ...

I do agree with that.  It's a tad of a stretch to take paper airplanes flying towards obama = terrorist attack.

www.20sidedwoman.blogspot.com

 
Forgot your password?
Username :
Password :

Poll

Will Code Avarice's Paranautical Activity make its way back onto Steam?:

Shout box

You're not permitted to post shouts.
MechaCrashHey Neo, that bit with "he instigated it"? That is called victim blaming. Stop it.10/25/2014 - 11:05pm
KronoAnd a rebuttal to that article: https://medium.com/@cainejw/an-actual-statistical-analysis-of-gamergate-dfd809858f6810/25/2014 - 9:42pm
Technogeekhttp://www.newsweek.com/gamergate-about-media-ethics-or-harassing-women-harassment-data-show-27973610/25/2014 - 8:54pm
TechnogeekAnd speaking of harassment and Gamergate, Newsweek had a social media analytics company analyze the hashtag in the interest of finding out what the movement was really about. The results should surprise absolutely nobody at this point.10/25/2014 - 8:54pm
Neo_DrKefkaI was called a traitor for speaking out on harassment and I was put on a list for people on twitter to mass report me. Only GamerGate site that has come out of this that has been reputable would be TechRaptor. 2/210/25/2014 - 7:09pm
Neo_DrKefka@Neeneko The reason why I ended my support of #GamerGate was the fact KingofPol (The guy who was sent the knife) ended up saying crap about those with autism. At this point I confronted the community and some big wig writers on the #GamerGate side. 1/210/25/2014 - 7:08pm
NeenekoIt would also mean they have to confront that the sites already mostly cater to them and wiping that small percentage of otherness just does not justify new sites.10/25/2014 - 6:55pm
Neeneko@ quiknkold - problem is it has never been about freedom, it is about dominance, ownership, and priviliage. women and minorities should be the ones leaving and creating their own spaces, not them!10/25/2014 - 6:54pm
Neo_DrKefka@Mecha I hear you about KingofPol this is a guy who is using GamerGate to boost his career. Most of his streams are crap about him talking about him being drunk. What happened to him was wrong but it doesn't change the fact he has instigated much of this10/25/2014 - 5:40pm
Craig R.And I'll be perfectly happy in never seeing the phrase 'false flag' ever again, as it is one of the worst notions to ever come out of the camp of the tinfoil brigade that is already completely overused.10/25/2014 - 3:50pm
Craig R.Gone for a week and come back to find GG didn't go away at all. Dammit.10/25/2014 - 3:48pm
Matthew Wilsonif they were serious, they would go to youtube. most youtube game reviewers tend to revew games as product, and tend leave social issues out of it.10/25/2014 - 1:42pm
quiknkoldif the gamergaters were serious, they'd realize that Kotaku and Polygon arent the only games in town, and that with the freedom of the internet, they could create their own websites and achieve the goals they are trying to achieve without arguement.10/25/2014 - 1:35pm
james_fudgehe should have called the police.10/25/2014 - 1:20pm
TechnogeekAt least my statement still holds if it does turn out to be a false flag.10/25/2014 - 1:03pm
NeenekoThough I admit, since doxxing and false flag where heavily used tactics of the GG supporters, while they are not historical tactics used by detractors, I am skeptical how much it is really 'both sides' doing it in any real volume.10/25/2014 - 1:01pm
NeenekoOne thing that makes all of this messy is 'false flag' is a serious concern here. It does not help that the original GG instigators were also known for doing elaborate false flags to discredit feminism themselves.10/25/2014 - 12:59pm
MechaCrashThe guy who got the knife is the one who advocated doxxing, by the way, and was getting court documents about Zoe Quinn so he could publicly post them. It doesn't make what happened to him right, but he deserves no sympathy.10/25/2014 - 12:42pm
TechnogeekNo, that's a pretty shitty thing to do and I fully support the responsible parties getting a visit from the relevant legal authorities.10/25/2014 - 12:17pm
Neo_DrKefkaSomeone anyone tell me how two wrongs somehow make a right? This is becoming exhausting and both sides are out of there minds!10/25/2014 - 11:40am
 

Be Heard - Contact Your Politician