Game Parody of Obama School Speech Controversy a Poor Choice for September 11th

September 11, 2009 -

This week's controversy over President Obama's speech to America's school children has morphed into a rather unfortunate online game.

Obama's School Camp comes from Scottish firm T-Enterprise, which often mocks political issues with their Friday game offerings. Today's game challenges players to press letters on their keyboards which correspond to paper airplanes floating toward an animation of the President. Press the right letter quickly enough and the paper airplane disappears. Otherwise, it strikes the Obama character.

The paper airplane imagery seems to be an especially poor choice for a game published today, September 11th. It seems an even worse decision given that the game comes from T-Enterprise, which was the firm behind the now-canceled Rendition: Guantanamo project. A consultant to that game was alleged to have ties to Al Qaeda and the Taliban.


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Re: Game Parody of Obama School Speech Controversy a Poor ...

Sadly, I understand, to a point.. I have a cat as well.. It just made me chuckle to see it in text.

Re: Game Parody of Obama School Speech Controversy a Poor ...

Seriously?? correlating the release date of a crappy paper airplane parody game into the WTC attacks.  Must be bored.

Re: Game Parody of Obama School Speech Controversy a Poor ...

Oh puh-leaze!

What?  If a kid makes a paper airplane today they are going to be arrested and charged with being a terrorist?  Are they going to be waterboarded til they give up the Mastermind to their cell?

Ya know what?  The year anniversary I can understand.  Maybe the five year anniversary I could.  But, for all that crap they screamed that the attack wouldn't change us, it seems to have changed us A LOT!

Enough!

The game was well within context!  It was about kids throwing paper airplanes!

Ya know what else is hilarious?  The organization that is taking responsibility for having had Rendition cancelled LIED AND DECEIVED to FORCE the company to cancel the game.  And the organization claimed to be one protecting FREEDOM.  Lying to and deceiving others may be a protected Right, but using it to force your view on others is NOT.

Dennis, provide FACTUAL evidence that the ties to terrorists.  As is shown in MANY articles, even the legal authorities had to release the person accused of such ties because THEY had no FACTUAL evidence to back up the charge.  If they had, then the accused should have been CHARGED, TRIED, CONVICTED, and SENTENCED.  But they didn't.  Continuing to imply such is just as much a deceit as what the Vets for (Anti-)Freedom did.

Do we continue to call individuals who were proven to be innocent of other crimes "alleged of crime X" years after THEIR innocence was proven or their guilt not proven?  In some cases, yes.  And that's a sign of a very poor society indeed.

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Re: Game Parody of Obama School Speech Controversy a Poor ...

When the statement is "[a] consultant to that game was alleged to have ties to Al Qaeda and the Taliban" (emphasis supplied), I don't think it can be fairly said that Mr. McCauley is implying that the ties actually existed. Rather, he seems to be stating the fact that ties were alleged to have existed - which is indeed, to the best of my knowledge, a fact. You appear to be unfairly tasking Mr. McCauley with providing substantiation for an assertion he never makes.

Having said that, I'm not sure, however, that the game's content together with the fact of a release date of Septemeber 11 and the fact that the publisher consulted with a person alleged to have ties to Al Qaeda and the Taliban necessarily supports Mr. McCauley's opinion that the game is in poor taste or evidences poor judgment. But, hey, that's nothing more than Mr. McCauley's opinion and, as such, doesn't necessarily require a lick of support. 

Re: Game Parody of Obama School Speech Controversy a Poor ...

Honestly, I think that GP is reaching a lot in this story.

"which often mocks political issues with their Friday game offerings." Today is a Friday, which means a new game. And this is the first Friday since Obama's most recent speech. Just because today (the first Friday after a big speech, meaning the first time this site would have a game related to this speech) is the anniversery of a terrorist attack doesn't make the game "in poor taste" or because of "poor judgment." They probably didn't think about it (I didn't know it was 9-11 until about an hour ago when I looked at a calender), and if they did think about it they probably dismissed it as irrelevent (because who would really get upset about this totally unrelated game that has some vague possible similarities to 9-11?).

And as for "the fact that the publisher consulted with a person alleged to have ties to Al Qaeda and the Taliban necessarily supports Mr. McCauley's opinion that the game is in poor taste or evidences poor judgment," just because someone is alleged (based on nothing and with no trial or due process) to be a terrorist doesn't make them guilty, otherwise it would be shady that Obama gave an education speech because he was "alleged" to be the anti-Christ/a terrorist.

Allegations mean absolutely nothing without evidence. I have so much sympathy for that (almost definitely) innocent guy. Hell, if *I* was wrongly imprisoned without a trial or anything, the first thing that I'd do after getting out is go bomb a building belonging to whatever agency wrongly held me.

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Re: Game Parody of Obama School Speech Controversy a Poor ...

Gamepolitics reachs in a lot of their articles. I take ANY editorializing on this site with a huge grain of salt.

Re: Game Parody of Obama School Speech Controversy a Poor ...

Oh please. Is it in any poorer taste than say... me downloading the WTC map in Garry's Mod, then ramping cars off the side of the building AS it's falling?

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Re: Game Parody of Obama School Speech Controversy a Poor ...

Is it in any poorer taste than people trying to find old copies of Flight Simulator so they can continue to fly their planes between the towers?  Or crash into them because of poor flying skills?

Nightwng2000

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Nightwng2000 is now admin to the group "Parents For Education, Not Legislation" on MySpace as http://groups.myspace.com/pfenl

Nightwng2000 NW2K Software http://www.facebook.com/nightwing2000 Nightwng2000 is now admin to the group "Parents For Education, Not Legislation" on MySpace as http://groups.myspace.com/pfenl

Re: Game Parody of Obama School Speech Controversy a Poor ...

GP, regardless of whether or not I agree, the problem is I should have nothing to agree with. Where's your non-partisanship?

Re: Game Parody of Obama School Speech Controversy a Poor ...

Funny thing is, I found out a week or two ago my friends have set a wedding date of next September 11. The car I was in all broke into laughter and I then suggested that instead of throwing rice or blowing bubbles, we toss paper airplanes at the couple as they walk down the asile at the end.

Mind you, this is Canada so dark humour is apreciated a little more.

Re: Game Parody of Obama School Speech Controversy a Poor ...

It's not that we don't appreciate dark humor.  It's just when your country is the one that was attacked, it's very much a tender spot for every citizen.  We can't really separate ourselves from the incident as much as people from other countries can.

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Re: Game Parody of Obama School Speech Controversy a Poor ...

In other words certain people have sticks bugs or other foreign objects wedged up their hindends.

Re: Game Parody of Obama School Speech Controversy a Poor ...

Whatever, I am an American I don't mind if someone makes a joke. I wouldn't do it in front of a 9/11 widow but I'm not going to cry if I upset some butt hurt individual.

Re: Game Parody of Obama School Speech Controversy a Poor ...

I wasn't just refering to 9/11 when I mentioned dark humour. I tend to see that any type of joke that's dark or "offensive" gets condemed much quicker in the States than in Canada.

Unless you trash Toronto, they just don't know how to take a joke.

Re: Game Parody of Obama School Speech Controversy a Poor ...

lmfao

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Re: Game Parody of Obama School Speech Controversy a Poor ...

You're right, but, as someone who lost a very close friend in the WTC attacks, this game isn't bad in any way (as far as the controversy is concerned, anyway).  I don't see any reason to get up in arms about this game, whatsoever.

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Re: Game Parody of Obama School Speech Controversy a Poor ...

I do agree with that.  It's a tad of a stretch to take paper airplanes flying towards obama = terrorist attack.

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