A freelance game artist and programmer has designed a video game which explores concerns over the excessive use of force by police.
Jason Rohrer writes in The Escapist that he was moved to create Police Brutality after viewing the famous Don’t taze me, bro! incident in which a student was tasered by police while Sen. John Kerry gave a speech at the University of Florida.
Of his game design, Rohrer writes:
The video reminded me of how scary police can be… I’m not suggesting that the UF students should have physically attacked the police. …Perhaps they should have done some quick, ad hoc organizing. Perhaps they should have collectively stood up to the police in some kind of non-violent, legal way.
Even if the students could organize on the spot, I wasn’t sure what the most effective strategy would be. I designed a game to explore the possibilities. Police Brutality is a game about fear, collective motivation, ad hoc organizing, self-sacrifice, and non-violence…