Darker Moments of India's Politics Featured in Online Game

October 3, 2008 -

GP sister site GameCulture points us to Singh Is King.

The Flash game, posted on an Indian website, parodies the numerous political struggles faced by India's Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh:

Singh Is King's charm and goofball mood belies the black humor behind the game's obstacles. There's the obvious, such as a grinning President Bush floating in air with an outstretched arm, but there are also references to the PM's frequent clashes with India's communist party... as well as India's failure to join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

 

Perhaps the darkest token, however, are the Indian farmers that Singh is occasionally forced to leap. In 2003 alone, more than 17,000 farmers committed suicide in India, swallowing pesticides to avoid the shame of debt and family financial ruin brought on by an agricultural economic crisis...

 

Singh Is King is, therefore, worth a look on two fronts. It's a reasonable way to pass a few errant minutes and gives a peek at how politics are penetrating game culture around the world.
 


Comments

Re: Darker Moments of India's Politics Featured in Online Game

Yeah, and there's King George behind him too!

Re: Darker Moments of India's Politics Featured in Online Game

OK the suicide thing seriously repulsed me. I'm just admitting that.

I wonder what they'll do next.

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Re: Darker Moments of India's Politics Featured in Online Game

I guess it's kind of served it purpose, I didn't know anything about the suicides until I read about the game.

 
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