Tea Party Zombies Must Die Not Popular With Conservatives

September 7, 2011 -

You think? A New York Magazine article chronicles the strong dislike conservative bloggers have for a Flash game called "Tea Party Zombies Must Die." Bloggers took notice of the game created by company StarvingEyes last night and went ballistic.

The game charges players with shooting various zombie versions of politicians and Fox News contributors including Newt Gingrich, Congresswoman Michelle Bachman, Sarah Palin, Sean Hannity, Glen Beck and The Koch Brothers. The game's description reads: "The Tea Party zombies are walking the streets of America. Grab your weapons and bash their rotten brains to bits! Destroy zombie Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Glenn Beck, the Koch Brothers, and many more!"

Jason Oda, the creator of the game and the head of the company, told Media Research Center TV that “The game was just a personal project. I am not worried about it effecting [sic] business." Oda created the 2008 Flash game Kung-fu election, so it's not the first time he's ever tried his hand at animated interactive political satire..

So what do Conservative bloggers think of it? NY Magazine has gathered some choice morsels from the most prominent outlets on the net.

Powerline: "It is pretty much impossible, at this point, to tell where the respectable left ends and the cesspool left begins; or, more accurately, whether a respectable left exists at all."

Glenn Beck's website Hot Air: "I tried to get worked up about it, truly, knowing full well there’d be urine puddles on the floor all over Media Matters HQ had some conservative programmer done a version of this involving union leaders or whatever. But then I saw the Fox News/Glenn Beck zombies. It’s simply too silly to be threatening.

The game does call to mind the infamous Sarah Palin target map, which included Representative Gabrielle Giffords, and the more recent Arizona Glock giveaway — the key difference, of course, being the complicitness of elected officials. Dumb and tasteless? Sure. But at least the game was not signed off on by a professional politician.
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National Review: "I can feel wave after wave of New Tone washing over me."

Sonoran Alliance: "Zombies or not, the reality of the situation is that liberal Democrats don’t play by the same rules for society. ... Yes, it is free expression protected under the Constitution and conservatives should defend it with every ounce of energy. But Wow! Is it ever in bad taste and dripping with hypocrisy."

You can form your own opinions about the game by playing it here. Fox News offers an additional report on the story here. There's plenty of outrage in that article too.

Source: NY Magazine


Comments

Re: Tea Party Zombies Must Die Not Popular With Conservatives

If this was a game about shooting popular liberal news anchors, the liberals would be going on a witch hunt. They would say the game creators should be arrested. They would say that gun rights should be taken away because our society is becoming too violent. There would be outrage. It would be the lead story on every network news channel. But, it's okay to have a game in which you hunt down popular conservative figures. It's okay for liberals to promote violence against their opponents.

What's hilarious is that liberals go on and on about the slanted nature of Fox News. Why does it bother you so much that there is ONE conservative-leaning news network when every single other cable news and network news network is liberal leaning?

Re: Tea Party Zombies Must Die Not Popular With Conservatives

So, did you practice long to attain this level of necromancer? Raising a 5 months old thread from the dead, that's not nothing.

Re: Tea Party Zombies Must Die Not Popular With Conservatives

I would really like to see the makers of these games send engraved thank you cards to the prominent people who condemn the game.

Re: Tea Party Zombies Must Die Not Popular With Conservatives

"It’s simply too silly to be threatening."

Noooooo! Really? REALLY?!

Re: Tea Party Zombies Must Die Not Popular With Conservatives

Wait... why is this dripping in hypocrisy...

Or are they just using this against the left in general... which I doubt the creator of this stands for... 

 


Re: Tea Party Zombies Must Die Not Popular With Conservatives

You mean besides some of these people being shown burning effigies of the president as well as wishing his wife be made a widow and his children made orphans, and at least one incident I saw encouraging their kids to draw the president in a sniper scope?

Re: Tea Party Zombies Must Die Not Popular With Conservatives

Well if that one gentleman would kindly point to these rules of society....

 

Still, what I saw is pretty much what I expected.

Re: Tea Party Zombies Must Die Not Popular With Conservatives

Outraged? Most of the comments quoted in the article don't sound very outraged.

Re: Tea Party Zombies Must Die Not Popular With Conservatives

Hush, you're interfering with the editor's efforts to cast conservatives as raving lunatics.

Re: Tea Party Zombies Must Die Not Popular With Conservatives

Half way trough the game the second amendment is repealed and you have to defend yourself with a rolled up over priced government manual written on the subject of defending yourself from zombies. Out of date because the first recommendation is get a gun.

Re: Tea Party Zombies Must Die Not Popular With Conservatives

LOL! Ok, I have to admit I liked that.

Re: Tea Party Zombies Must Die Not Popular With Conservatives

I just finished it and I never saw anything like that.

Re: Tea Party Zombies Must Die Not Popular With Conservatives

That was just a little political joke. 

Re: Tea Party Zombies Must Die Not Popular With Conservatives

Fair enough. And I was surprised, it's a lot tamer than I feared it'd be, all things considered.

Re: Tea Party Zombies Must Die Not Popular With Conservatives

I like how they treat it as though it wasn't made by some no-name developer and that it represents the official stance of liberals.

Re: Tea Party Zombies Must Die Not Popular With Conservatives

Yeah, I'm sure liberals all over the place and in the media are going to denounce this game like crazy. Or maybe they'll let it slide by pointing out that it's not made by major game developer and have the perspective it is inconsequential.

Re: Tea Party Zombies Must Die Not Popular With Conservatives

I love how all these guys just used it as another opportunity to get their message out there about how the left is evil. Stay classy guys, stay classy.

Re: Tea Party Zombies Must Die Not Popular With Conservatives

And this after they've spent the last couple of years using all sorts of pro-gun imagery against liberals - referring to targets, taking back the government at gunpoint and so on.

That is, until somebody went and tried to assassinate Rep. Giffords. Then they took no responsibility for their words; it was all somebody else's fault.

They never had any class.

Re: Tea Party Zombies Must Die Not Popular With Conservatives

To be fair that guy was a mentally broken person who was taking a drug that can shock the foundations of even well adjusted people. I don't think anybody could have seen that coming. Even though I feel ALL the blame belongs to him it would be irresponsibly for republicans not to be more sensitive of their rhetoric after the fact which I don't think they did a very good job of doing. They were more worried about redirection. Just my two cents.

 
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