Toronto’s mayoral candidates may be slugging it out in the public for votes, but a Flash game has them gobbling up yellow votes Pac-Man style. The game is called Mayor Munch and features candidates Joe Pantalone, incumbent Rob Ford, Sarah Thomson, Rocco Rossi, and George Smitherman.
The game was launched Wednesday by Toronto-based One Stop Media Group. The company’s president and CEO, Michael Girgis, says they created the game to send a serious message to voters: "Initially we were trying to appeal to a demographic that hasn’t been voting,” Girgis said.
While some of the candidates thought the game was funny (one admitted to playing it bit), most were not amused. Sarah Thomson's avatar was the most popular on the site for a while this week, which prompted her to issue a silly press release:
"This is war. We are turning the gears of war and we will win! There is a resident evil at city hall, you don’t need a goldeneye to see it,” the release said. In a phone interview with The Star, Thomson admitted that she had played the game, joking that it was getting her ready for the vote in October.