A controversial online first-person-shooter video game called "Tea Party Zombies Must Die" has the right-wing in an uproar, due to the game's object of slaughtering famous conservative figures in the guise of zombies. The game was created by Brooklyn-based StarvingEyes Advergaming, whose head honcho, Jason Oda, said "The game was just a personal project. I am not worried about it affecting business."
A description of the game warns:
"DON'T GET TEA-BAGGED! The Tea Party zombies are walking the streets of America. Grab your weapons and bash their rotten brains to bits! Destroy zombie Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Glenn Beck, the Koch Brothers, and many more!"
While the game is no Dead Rising 2, it can still serve as a cathartic way for individuals of a certain political bent to take out frustrations in a pretend environment. The controversy is not surprising, when you consider the fallout that resulted from Sarah Palin's infamous SarahPAC "crosshairs" map that preceded the Gabrielle Giffords shooting. People have already inevitably begun to lump the game in with Jimmy Hoffa Jr.'s comments on Monday, in which he declared "war" on Tea Partiers, saying "Let's take these son of bitches out."
The game itself entails advancing through various levels, providing the opportunity to shoot up Fox News headquarters, the Americans for Prosperity advocacy group, and various other entities. Surprisingly, while there is an undead version of Brit Hume, there is no Rush Limbaugh zombie featured in the game. Assorted factoids and quotes appear on the screen between scenes, including one describing Fox News as "opinion journalism masquerading as news." If you do happen to play the game, and get your hands on the golden shotgun from the supply room, try to reload quickly, because the zombies emerging from the Blonde Anchorwoman Breeding Pit move kind of fast.
The Supreme Court struck down the ban on violent video games back in June, with justice Scalia ridiculing studies which showed a link between playing video games and aggression in children. This game will be used as a political football, but judging by the virulence of the Twitterverse in the included video, the problem seems to reside elsewhere. Also, isn't it ironic that a liberal-biased video game employs an arsenal of semiautomatic assault weapons?