Jul 15, 2009

Norquist's New Game: More Corporate than the Kool-Aid Man?

Those of you as old as I am might remember, in the eighties, when a particularly lame product placement for Kool-Aid was released in a deal with General Foods for the Intellivision and Atari. This "game" involved guiding pairs of children around a haunted house trying to gather the ingredients to make Kool-Aid and avoid the "Thirsties." Eventually, the Kool-Aid Man appears and kicks the crap out of the Thirsties, which is the only (kind of) cool part of the game. Pretty lame, huh?

But surpassing even that lame-fest is the new "game" that Grover Norquist's group, Americans for Tax Reform, has released online. It's an anti-majority-sign up game that features, according to Politico:
a tattoo artist who faces several attempts by union organizers to get you to sign the card, including visiting you at home, vandalizing your car, threatening your cat, and even offering you marijuana.

AFL-CIO's Eddie Vale says of the "game":
As anyone who actually grew up playing Atari or Nintendo will know, calling this a video game is as accurate as their lies about the Employee Free Choice Act, which would help grow the middle class and make the economy work for everyone again.
Even Reason, normally a Norquist-friendly zone, has a post on their blog mocking the game:
But so what if it's not Grand Theft Auto IV? It's still fun, kind of, at least if you like cheesy Flash-animated stereotypes spouting absurdisms, Z-movie dialog, and out-of-date slang. Over the course of the game, you'll meet union thugs who promise voice-over gigs on the Simpsons, a tie-die wearing longhair who specializes in tattoos depicting "peace signs, rainbows, and other unoriginal and conformist hippie symbols," and a Fonzie-like neogreaser in a black leather jacket who actually uses the phrase "pretty sketch" to describe some union thugs lingering in a parking lot. The best part, however, is that if you play long enough, you can get high! But then those tricky union bullies will take advantage of you.

I think maybe you'd have more fun fighting off Thirsties.

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