Kansas Guv's Son Creates "Don't Drop the Soap" Game

January 29, 2008 -
In 2006, Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D) threw her support behind a proposal to legislate video game sales. What she said then was:
Parents today face new challenges that we didn't have when our children were younger. Video games and music lyrics promote violence...

The bill ultimately failed to win enough legislative support to pass.

That was then and this is now, however. These days, the Guv's 23-year-old son John, a student at the Rhode Island School of Design, is marketing a board game called Don't Drop the Soap. From an Associated Press report:
The governor's spokeswoman, Nicole Corcoran, said both parents "are very proud of their son John's creativity and talent."

John Sebelius is selling the game on his Internet site for $34.99... The contact information on the Web site lists the address of the governor's mansion.

Here is a brief description of what happens in the game:
Fight your way through 6 different exciting locations in hopes of being granted parole... Escape prison riots in The Yard, slip glass into a mob boss' lasagna in the Cafeteria, steal painkillers from the nurse's desk in the Infirmary.

The game includes five tokens representing a bag of cocaine, a handgun and three characters: wheelchair-using 'Wheelz," muscle-flexing "Anferny" and business suit-clad "Sal 'the Butcher..."'

"This game is intended for mature audiences -- not children -- and is simply intended for entertainment," Corcoran said.

GP: So... sorta like Grand Theft Auto, then?

UPDATE: Here is the Don't Drop the Soap website.

Comments

No double-standard here at all!!

Crazy...

It's high time we took aim at the real threat to America's families... board games!!!!

@jds, "you aren’t very tolerant of my opinion and freedom of speech"

[I should've known it was a joke]

The two next paragraphs are not directed at you, jds, but to people who with a straight face go about saying stuff like what you said in jest.

Well, yes, if you had been serious about what you said (and a lot of people are), what that "opinion" would've stated is that you're a complete simpleton. I'm sorry, but I don't hold such "opinions" in very high regard. I don't tolerate idiots very well.

And, your freedom of speech doesn't preclude me from calling such opinions idiotic and people who say things like that mindless idiots. I, too, have freedom of speech, even to call idiots as such.

To me, she isn't really that much of a hypocrite because this game is not being sold anywhere but through the son's website. There's no investigation here into how the game is being sold, what information is asked for by the son before selling the game, etc. If it was as clear cut as someone could prove the son is not trying to limit the sale of the game to kids, then I think people would have a better case. Other then that, I think too many people are crying wolf at the situation without thinking clearly about it due to the Mass Effect sensationalizations.

@ Goon

You need to make your point clearer in future. You seem to be the only person who thinks this article is about John (past the point he made a boardgame).

As for the site. GamePolitics. This story is about a Govenor and her hyopcritical stance on adult entertainment. How does this not fit in with the sites theme?

I'm gonna go out on a limb and speculate that Goon has some sort of contact with John Sebelius. No one took a shot at John from what I've read... Only shots at his mother for being an overwhelming hypocrite.

Goon = Troll

There... I'm done with my coding for today ;)

What a fucked up family.

Seconded.

That's pretty funny =) I don't particularly have any interest in playing it, but I'm glad it's been made. I wonder how Mom really feels...

Three to one odds she won't come out and say that her son's game should subject to legislation that prevents minors from buying it.

I call dibs on Sal!

So when it is her kid making the violent board game, she is proud.

But when it is a company making a violent video game, she is outraged.

Sounds about right.

These type of stories never fail to amaze me and they happen enough to make me go - hmmmm....

I guess violent videogames are only bad if someone outside your family is making them.

23 and he still lives with mommy?

Although with digs like a guv's mansion, I guess I can see why.

I see the potential for "double standards" talk, but seriously this isn't even all that ironic. It's amusingly coincidental. He's 23 and has had an interesting upbringing with his parents being who they are. I salute him for breaking out of the political correctness I'm sure he's been burdened with all of his life.

He's no victim and I'm sure he's had an easy life, but I'd be bursting at the seems for offensive humor if I were to be surrounded by political parents.

I love me some board games, too, so I like him already.

@MysterX

I lived with my parents until I was 26. Sometimes stuff happens.

Good on him - I hope he stirs up trouble. I can see it now: "BOARD GAMES ARE CRACK FOR KIDS".

@ MysterX

It comes in handy when you are going to callege locally.

You owe me money GP. It's to replace my hypocrisy detector machine that has just exploded.

Post-teenage rebellion ftw

Someone needs to call her out on her hypocrisy.

From the article:

John Sebelius, 23, has the backing of his mother and father, U.S. Magistrate Judge Gary Sebelius. The governor's spokeswoman, Nicole Corcoran, said both parents "are very proud of their son John's creativity and talent."

You can bet they'll change their tune as soon as a teenager buys the game...
-- If your wiimote goes snicker-snack, check your wrist-strap...

I...uh..gyak..bebebebebebebebebebe..WTF?

She must be a hypochondriac, or a hypocrit, or an ass. Well, she is a democrat.

@jdr, that's right, because we all know democrats have exclusivity on being douchebags, right?

Mindless idiot.

@jds
It's not just democrats. Isn't JT republican?

Wow. If that isn't a hypocrite then I don't know what is. She states that videogames promote violence. Then when her 23 year old son makes a "Don't Drop the Soap" game, she says she's proud of her son's "creativity and talent"? XD

@ Pixelanter

Hey, Republicans are not immune from this crap either. Just so happens this lady is a Democrat, and the Democrat's logo is an ass; hence, the small line about her being a democrat.

I was making a joke. And if that was enough for you to call me a mindless idiot... well... you need to get a hobby or something.

@ William

T'was a joke. All politicians are hypocrites. Alluvem.

And you know Pixelaner...

Assuming you are a Democrat of some sort, you aren't very tolerant of my opinion and freedom of speech. Maybe you should change parties.

It must be hard, trying not to choke on all that hypocrisy.

@ Pixelantes

Good on you, mate.

@jds

Ah, okay. Didn't get it there at first.

And i thought "hypocrite" was spelled H-Y-P-O-C-R-I-T-E, but i guess it's spelled S-e-b-e-l-i-u-s

I must admit this is the most amusing hypocritical situation to date.

And to because it came up, and should be relevant to this topic somewhat I add a quote(probably heavily butchered since I can't find the original):

"Free Speech is debating and arguing against one another, to the point of open hatred, but then defending to the death your opponents right to say it."

Hypocrite much?

I love games but this story and the one where you took cheap shots Lawrence after she admitted her mistakes shows that you are SE.

This is partisan hackery at its finest. So this lady is responsible for the game her son made? And then she's supposed to whip him in the town square for it?

Hey this reminds me of something:

Someone throwing blood on someone's fur coat..
Someone yelling at a young girl outside of an abortion clinic..


Oh! how about just another member of a special interest group?

@ Goon

I think you are missing the point. This woman cried foul at game developers for making violent video games. She called for legislation on them.

Now her son has made a violent board game. She is proud of her son's creativity.

Just because one is a board game does not make it any more "artistic" or "creative" than the other.

yeah it doesn't sound any more far-fetched than say a blogger calling Mass Effect porn.. Is the news day that thin?

The story should be about the fact that her son - who is cast in a bad light BTW in this story - has joined our ranks.

I'm just saying there should be a dislaimer on this site that it is a special interest. It's gotcha journalism and he knows it.

Wait wait wait... en-ter-tain-ment... what is this silly word you speak of?

pfft. so it's entertaining to pick on some guy for making a board game, becuase you don't like his mother's politics? Okay fair enough but you're not any better than the people on the other side of issue. If he wants to do entertainment he should be running a site other than one named "Game Politics" I call bs on this story.

Thank God for all these comments.
I thought I was imagining this article...

I think this sums it up weel enough:

Irooonyyyy.

@Goon,

The son of this pro-censorship governor has not "joined our ranks" as you so insinuate. The offspring of an anti-video game politician is not automatically a friend of the industry just because he sells a violent themed board game on a website.

@ Goon

I call bullshit on you. What the fuck is your problem?

All this article was doing was pointing out that Kathleen Sebelius thinks that violent video games need legislation however a board game about feeding people glass is "creative".

Why is pointing out a possible case of hypocrisy suddenly partisan hackery? And exactly how does this compare to your examples?

Stop fucking trolling.

[gets some fresh popcorn and another beer]

“This game is intended for mature audiences — not children — and is simply intended for entertainment,”

As opposed to all those other games, marked "Mature", obviously intended for children to use as murder training rather than entertainment?

@ ConstantNeophyte

Seconded.

@ Goon

This article is not picking on her son. It is picking on her. She is the hypocrite. Not her son.

We don't care that her son made the game. We care that she supports this violent board game, but not violent video games.

We care because the only reason she supports it seems to be that it was made by her son and it is not a video game.

One has to wonder what she would say if he made an actually video game using the same content.

ConstantNeophyte Says:

@ Goon

I call bullshit on you. What the fuck is your problem?

And I say:

And I call triple dog bullshit on you, Mr. Yes man for being a lemming and not listening to my point at all.

This site is supposed by about not letting government infiringe on people's free speech (i.e. game developers, publishers) and here we have some guy who has nothing to do with anything being dragged into the light because of his mom and because he created something. Yeah way to promote his first amendment rights to creativity.

Yeah his mom's a hyocrite. We get that. The point is what did he do to deserve this?


Partisan hackery.
 
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