Homeless Crime Game Sparks Outrage in France

A free, online game which parodies homeless people has prompted protest from French advocates.

UK newspaper Telegraph reports that Clodogame, which translates to "Trampgame," puts the player in control of a homeless character with the goal of dominating the mean streets:

Users are invited to progress from being a penniless homeless person in Paris to becoming "king of the streets", the most "talented tramp in Paris" and eventually move in to the Palace of Versailles.

Players are invited to "attack other homeless people", become a "peerless pickpocket", steal from sweet machines, public toilets and laundrettes. They need to learn to play an instrument, choose a pet liable to increase their begging skills, and keep control of their alcohol intake.

Not surprisingly, advocates for the homeless were outraged. Red Cross spokesman Jean-François Riffaud commented: 

It’s a disgrace, it’s degrading, it’s humiliating to make the homeless the butt of derision. The image portrayed is exactly the one against which we’ve been trying to fight.

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  2. TK n Happy Ness says:

    Maybe if they got off their asses, they could actually find a job and wouldn’t be homeless.

    When Jack Thompson runs his mouth, does anyone really care what he has to say anymore?

  3. aIM hERE says:

    Be fair, there’s no mention of banning of anything here.

    As far as I can see, what we have here is a bunch of groups who disagree with this game telling people how much they’re outraged by it – which is exactly the right thing to do in a free society when someone says something you don’t like. There are so many knee-jerk calls for censorship these days that when someone merely criticises a game, we do tend to assume they’re trying to have things censored…

  4. Aidinthel says:

    My first thought when I read the description was "That sounds like fun." It didn’t seem like something to take seriously. Now that I’ve played the game a bit, I don’t really see how it could be that insulting. The alcohol and thievery aren’t the whole game (they don’t even become a factor until you’ve gotten yourself established), and your character has plenty of legitimate ways to earn money. Of course, likely none of the people reacting have actually played the game, and are just reacting to a partial description. It’d be nice if people would take the time to form a decent first impression before passing judgement. 

  5. JustChris says:

    All these proposed game bannings are based on the slippery slope fallacy. I know France is different on their Constitution but we should all hold fallacious laws on the same level as unconstitutional laws….they shouldn’t be enforced. And man, we have a whole lot of laws that were passed based on fallacy.

  6. Valdearg says:

    They are the couple with the lowest combined IQ in the world.. The two dumbest people you will ever hear about. I’d tell you to youtube them, but I’d fear for your immortal soul..

  7. jedidethfreak says:

    Who the fuck are Heidi Montag or Spencer Pratt?  Never heard of them until I read this.

    He was dead when I got here.

  8. Valdearg says:

    Maybe it’s the idea that Sarcasm is lost when translating to text, but I can’t tell whether or not you are complaining about Porn stars being actors, the celebs getting famous through thier sex tapes, or both?

    I donno. I agree with your question about why those celebs who "leak" a sex tape are considered celebrities. Then again, I never liked Paris Hilton or the Kardashians anyways.. Maybe I’m biased. 

    Porn Stars, on the otherhand.. I can respect some of them for what they do. Believe it or not, quite a few of them are actually pretty smart individuals. They do what they do because they know they can, and are comfortable with thier bodies.

    That being said, some porn stars are dumb as rocks, as well. Those are the ones who I can’t respect. Same goes for celebrities. Honestly, the way this country elevates all of these abysmally stupid people up to celebrity status just pisses me off. Look at Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt. They are the dumbest mother****ers I have ever seen in my life. Why are they famous? Because they were born to wealthy families in the right part of the country and happened to be born pretty.

    Meanwhile, there are millions of smart, hard working people in the country who barely make enough to live, let alone save for the future. Whoever said hard work will lead to success was full of shit. Nowadays, aside from a few exceptions, its all about being born into the right circumstances and knowing the right people..

    Edit: Wow.. yay for offtopic rants. Apparently, I’m feeling a bit pissy towards the end of my workday. LOL..

  9. Kajex says:

    Because that would take actual work, and would force some people to admit that the problem lies with their personal contributions to society. We live in an age where we want to do less work and take less blame.

  10. PumaFau says:

    Its just a game why not adress the real problems of homelessness then banning a free flash video game 


    Never underestimate the power of idiots in large amounts.

  11. JustChris says:

    And now we have porn actors who are both actors and doing work for sex, and also those celebrities that got their fame through making amateur sex tapes. People like Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian should be on the porn star circuit- what are they doing rubbing elbows with mainstream Hollywood stars?

  12. Neo_DrKefka says:

     It’s just how society feels about homeless people. The only way to change that is to work on the family level. Editing out video games or getting mad at video games won’t change anything.

    It’s like the Roman people one thing they felt during there Republic and the height of their Empire was Actors were no better then prostitute. That was down to the family level so if you choose to be an Actor you were considered by Roman Families dirtier then a prostitute and on a lower level because at least prostitutes make money and give it to the church to serve the gods.
    Those were the days……
  13. Wormdundee says:

    What a bunch of idiots. Again. It’s a damn parody game, a call to ban it makes you look like a moron. Especially since…exactly what jurisdiction would France have over banning the game? The internet is a fluid entity, it has no nation, who would you ask to ban it?

    Not to mention the game is probably hosted on at least 50 different websites by now, good luck with that.

  14. Soldat_Louis says:

    Well, I’m not surprised that the Telegraph emphasized the "criminal part". In France, mainstream media remained largely neutral in the treatment of the information. They mainly talked about the whole content of the game, and about the various reactions, including a member of French government who asked for a ban of this game.

    As far as I know, most of the readers who left comments in the French newspapers’ and newsmagazines’ websites find this controversy stupid. They either support the game’s right to free speech, or slam their government for wanting to ban a homeless game instead of fighting the situation that real homeless people endure in real life.

    About stupid cultural controversies that involve French politicians and government members, you should take a look at Orelsan : http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/27/arts/27iht-rap.html&nbsp;

    It’s quite scary that nowadays, when something hurts the sensibility of one group or another, the only reaction these people can think about is to call for a total ban.

  15. tibuka says:

    Let them be outraged.

    Like almost always in such cases, the offended group has a right to be outraged, and the rest of the humanity has the right to ignore them.

  16. Vordus says:

    They’re not exactly the most apathetic people, are they?


    But I suspect this is less within the sense of mass rioting outrage and more within the ‘media points out online game to rights group/lobby/watchdog, watchdog replies, newspaper reports reply as outrage’ kind of outrage

  17. GoodRobotUs says:

    I would have thought that the best thing to fight against with homeless people was the fact that they were homeless in the first place? Then you wouldn’t have to stop the stereotype?

    Much as I respect the Red Cross, can’t help thiking they are, to mix metaphors, tiliting at windmills whilst Rome burns here…

  18. MechaTama31 says:

    The bright side here is that the people being made fun of will likely never see the game.


    Yes, I’m terrible.  >.>

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