On Sunday, an Iraqi journalist hurled his shoes at President Bush during a press conference.
Within days, nearly a half-dozen Flash games lampooning the incident appeared on the web (you’ll find all of them linked here on GamePolitics).
Given the speed and reach of the web, the Amazon Game Room Blog wonders whether browser games have replaced the role of the political cartoon in modern society:
Web-based flash games continue to take over the satirical role that political cartoons once filled… Our country has a rich and scathing history of political satire in cartoon form in newspapers and magazines and anyone who noticed how fast the [various Bush/shoe games] popped up on the Web after the footwear was flung… should be able to acknowledge the potential for this in flash technology.
The games are certainly is no works of art, but they were not designed to be awe inspiring. They were instead designed to capture the moment, and immortalize it from a particular point of view that people in this particular time can appreciate, or at least recognize. In a hundred years… these snippets of code will offer a window into the past… it is all just part of a media continuum that stretches forward and back further than we know.