In what may be considered an attempt to reach younger Americans, the U.S. National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) has released a video game. When the first reports of this video game surfaced, first person shooter fans thought of a Call of Duty type game with a GOP led assault against terrorists, or maybe even a game where players could go hunting with Dick Cheney. However, the game released was a letdown to many video game enthusiasts. Instead of a state of the art game for the Playstation or Xbox, the game released was an 8-bit, browser-based creation that slightly resembles the 1980’s Super Mario Bros.
The game, Giopi: 2014 Mission Majority, follows Giopi (GOP), a headband wearing elephant, attempting to help the Republicans take the Senate back, on the way to defeating President Barak Obama’s regime. Throughout the game, the player guides Giopi to jump on red tape bound paperwork called Taxers. These Taxers wander back and forth just waiting for Giopi to jump on them, sending the Republican enemies to their death while spouting Democratic “mudslinging” phrases. Phrases like, “There’s not even a smudge of corruption,” flow each time the 8-bit elephant jumps on one of the Taxers. There are even sound bites from Obama that are thrown in randomly when the Taxers die at the feet of the digital pachyderm.
In a Variety report, the NRSC said that the 2014 Senate candidates from the GOP look to be the strongest in decades. The video game is intended as a fun approach to raise awareness. This is one of many ways the NRSC is trying to spread the word about the strongest party candidates in decades.
While the NRSC appears proud of Giopi: 2014 Mission Majority, critics, mainly video game enthusiasts has called the game rubbish. Many of the game players, both Republican and Democrat, have found the game comical. Not just in the cheesiness of the 1980’s era 8-bit graphics, but by the overbearing GOP propaganda crammed into the game. One drawback for Democrats wanting to play the game, a player must log-in through either an e-mail login, Google Plus or Facebook account. This may open up players for an email inbox full of NRSC propaganda.
It is unknown exactly how much the NRSC spent in development of Giopi: 2014 Mission Majority. Brad Dayspring, spokesman for the NRSC, is anticipating a impressive return on the investment. Dayspring told The Weekly Standard that they are anticipating a positive revenue return through merchandising, which is likely the next piece of the Giopi push coming next. So game players potentially will be able to show their love of Giopi with t-shirts, hats and other items, funding the GOP.
This is not the first time politics have jumped into the video game arena. It is, however, being received as one of the worst political based games ever created. The Daily Beast reports that Giopi: 2014 Mission Majority falls somewhere between the game that you bomb kids in Gaza and the less than amusing mobile phone game, Flappy Bird.
Other than pushing the GOP’s depiction of taxation being the enemy, the video game from the NRSC offers little to make a true policy statement. All the game really does is reaffirm Republican gamers commitment to the GOP, or force Democrats who want to play the archaically designed game to give their emails or social network information to the NRSC.
By Carl Auer