You would have to be more than half insane to somehow justify mixing politics and video games. Just ask any gamer what they think of Jack Thompson, Hilary Clinton, or any of their anti-couch vegging cohorts. Personally, I can’t imagine a game with gameplay that mixes politics in. Good for my short-sighted mind, there’s a game like Hail to the Chimp that does it for me. Being a major in Political Science, maybe I should take a look at this one.
Kotaku reports that 2 characters from the upcoming title plan on skating the political rink at the Iowa Caucus on Thursday. Is it purely for promotion, or do they have an agenda? Who cares, really? It’s a new entry into the cosplay arena that no one would have seen coming.
Image via Kotaku
I scoured a bit to find out really what this game is about. Here’s a small blip from IGN:
Hail to the Chimp begins after the Lion is deposed as King following a series of embarrassing scandals. The rest of the animals decide it’s time to give democracy a try and hold an election for the next King giving even the lowliest of animals (the Clams) a say in things. The election quickly becomes a chaotic multiplayer free-for-all, with each candidate using a combination of brute force and dirty tricks to turn out the Clam vote. Ten animals will compete to become the next King. During the game, all ten candidates will need to form, and break, alliances with their rivals to gain the upper hand. Multiple game types and hazard-filled arenas keep the action flowing nonstop as the shifting loyalties, truces and vendettas build up to epic proportions.
Can Democracy save the world? Well our video games may seem to think so now. Doesn’t everyone want to inject their ideals into things these days? I say “excellent!” Bring it on. As long as it promotes someone getting in a monkey suit and casting their opinions about, I’m game.
I would love to see the reaction on McCain or Edward’s face when “Woodchuck Chumley and Crackers the Chimp” come in for a handshake.
Check the vid below for a preview of the game, which looks eerily unpolitical in most of its gameplay.