Political Game: A Kick in the Balls

It seems that American politics is not alone in its use of silly fighting games to attract eyeballs.

British political blog Three Line Whip has a bit of a rant today over A Kick in the Balls.

The web-based game pits Justice Secretary Jack Straw (last seen on GamePolitics bashing Sony over the Resistance & Manchester Cathedral flap) against Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families Ed Balls. Of the game, Three Line Whip blogger Iain Martin writes:

How juvenile. The Tories have made a computer game… in which Justice Secretary Jack Straw can be manipulated to assault Ed Balls. So much for David Cameron’s talk of a responsible society and his plea for an end to the violence of the video-game culture. This is an outrage, why can’t politicians focus on the issues?

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    DarkSaber2k says:

    @ Deku

    Sure do! The funny thing about that review was that I’d got that game about 2 weeks ago as part of my ‘Just how bad WERE FMV games’ thing I’ve been doing lately! At it certainly is by far the worst one I’ve played so far! And that’s against some stiff competition (Night Trap anyone?). The really hilarious thing was after seeing that review I tried the ‘don’t look at the screen’ thing and really did get further than I managed to when I was trying!

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    Haggard ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    It’s hard to tell what the TLW really thinks of this. They seem to be under the impression that the Tory front-bench got together and coded this game in their spare time as a political manuever.

    Besides, you could hardly say that this is going against Cameron’s stance against violent games.. they’re just badly animated things flailing at each other.

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    Ragnaar ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    This is an outrage, why can’t politicians focus on the issues?

    The issues like virtual violence, virtual currency, virtual beurocracy?

    How about focusing on the real world before criticizing a small, virtual one?

    And he’s “outraged” by THAT?

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    Void Munashii ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Oh waaah! Why don’t you just freakin’ cry about it?

    Since when is making fun of a politician a big deal in the UK? I’ve seen plenty of sketch comedy shows from there that make fun of politics in the same way American shows do.

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    Gift ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Why I Jack Justice Secretary but Ed isn’t Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families? (How Orwellian do those titles sound btw?) Regardless, it was inevitable this game would make an appearance given the alleged near fisticuffs between these two.

    Like most novelty “political” games this one is sadly short on politics… I wish people would be a bit more innovative.


    GP: oops – fixed that. Thx for pointing it out…

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    Werrick ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    ‘Cause no one ever put together a satyrical skit about politicians acting like douchebags…

    When I see politicians getting bent and slathered over Saturday Night Live, This Hour has 22 Minutes and the Daily Show then I might bother to listen when they whine and piss and moan about being made fun of in video games.

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