Nearly two years ago Joseph DeLappe, an artist and academic, created a virtual protest of the Iraq war – with a video game twist.
DeLappe used the Defense Department’s own, freely-distributed recruiting game, America’s Army, as his vehicle to protest the conflict. As we reported on GamePolitcs in 2006:
DeLappe began joining online matches. He doesn’t play the game, however. He simply uses the game’s chat interface to type in the name, rank and date of death of U.S. military personnel killed in the Iraq conflict. When his avatar is killed, he simply waits for the next round to begin and continues to enter the names of the dead.
DeLappe’s goal is to eventually enter the name of every service member lost in the war.
The New Media Research Studio blog reports that DeLappe is still at it and will present a live performance of his protest in New York City tomorrow with a discussion to follow. Last week GamePolitics detailed another DeLappe project, a Second Life re-enactment of Gandhi’s 1930 Salt March protest.
DeLappe is also working on a project to create memorials to civilians killed in the Iraq war.