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#422 Mission Majority Report

Oh boy has Political Christmas came early this year, recently I was thinking to myself how it has been ages since my last political videogame blog post and as luck would have it when I came home to find that the one of the biggest political parties in the United States, the GOP, more specifically the National Republican Senatorial Committee, just released a videogame to try to sway voters to support the republican candidates for the upcoming midterm elections.

After looking further to the game, Mission Majority, is a pixel styled platformed web browser game. As a fan for these sorts of games starring a pixelated protagonists perfectly dodging unpreferred enemies and pitfalls, I think it is my duty to play, review, and tell you what I think about this game. So lets dig in shall we?

This game stopped me from watching the newest Doctor Who episode and postponed my Mario Kart 8 DLC blog post.

This game stopped me from watching the newest Doctor Who episode and postponed my Mario Kart 8 DLC blog post.

Just for the sake of transparently for my readers I am not only as video game blogger but I am also a candidate for NH House of representatives

The game starts simple enough at the title screen of some upbeat bit music and a simple pixelated graphic of the game’s mascot, Giopi, telling you the importance of participating the midterm elections and how, with your help, the republicans can retake the US Senate in 2014.

This game stopped me from watching the newest Doctor Who episode and postponed my Mario Kart 8 DLC blog post.

 

After starting up things starts going down (capitol) hill, real fast. In order to play the game you have to sign up either you email address, your Facebook account, or your Google + account. After going over the controls of using your left right and up arrow keys to move little Giopi around, you are then tasked to collect the various golden keys, “to unlock the Senate and help Republican win the majority” scattered across the stages, while avoiding and jumping the “taxer” and the “Democrat’s Mudslinger”.

You know what's worst than Democrats' Mudslingers? the few Republicans that makes Strawmen caricatures of their opponent.

You know what’s worst than Democrats’ Mudslingers? the few Republicans that makes Strawmen caricatures of their opponent.

 

If you do jump on the two different sets of enemies you are rewarded with sound files of prominent democrats taken out of context. There is the infamous Obama sound file of him saying, “You did not build that.” but even I had some problem identifying who said which quote and what it had to do with politics,  like the sound file of someone talking about how there is ‘no towel service’. At the end of every stage there is a button prompt to try to persuade you to click and join or donate to the Republican movement.

There are only four levels, the platforms are pretty spread out with very little to do beyond traveling along the one set path the game designer had in mind when creating the game and there is only one music track set to repeat throughout the entire game but worst of all Giopi does not have a jumping animation. Let me repeat that, this platformer game does not have an animation for when the main character jumps around the stage.

I will give Mission Majority credit though you can fail in this game. The game gives you four hearts at the start of each level, there is a timer (set to 9999 seconds) and I did encounter one or two bottomless death pits that will send you to a game over screen and back the start of the stage if you continue.

At least I beat the game

At least I beat the game

 

After it all is said and done what is Mission Majority? My advice, do not play it, no matter how tempting the game is with it’s silly the game play and the premise.

It is a terrible game and I would not be surprised if it was purposefully created to be a bad game just to act as clickbait get the biggest amount of views and plays to score the most email addresses or Facebook accounts to add the their databases. The game plays terribly and is incredibly bias, worst than normal even in today’s US Political environment, painting the political opposition as  goombas and terrible pixel monsters without explaining why the GOP does not want the democrats to retain the majority in the senate, besides the terrible ideas of taxes.

I highly doubt that the person was making was trying to motivate and energize the ‘young conservative gamer crowd’, I know that the GOP and all connected committee are better than this, making a flash in the pan flash game for 15 minutes of fame. If the conservatives, or any political party wanted to put sway voters to vote for them by using videogames the process needed to make it would require some hard work and passion for the project, just like proper politics.

 

 


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#395 The Bipartisan Lego Company

Monday’s Steam Summer Daily Sales had it’s scheduled update and with that The Lego series went on sale for the amazing price cut of 75% off. With that I was able to pick up two items that have been on my wishlist for quite a while.

I saw a kid playing Batman 2 and when he flew around the city as the Man of Steal, the classic Christopher Reeves theme song started playing  Insta-buy just on that fact alone.

I saw a kid playing Batman 2 and when he flew around the city as the Man of Steel, the classic Christopher Reeves theme song started playing  Insta-buy just on that fact alone.

 

As I was hitting the ‘purchase for myself’ button I came to the realization that I was just about to buy both a Marvel and DC comics licensed game that was created and produced by the same third party game developer team. Which blew my mind.

It seems that in today’s gaming industry world, that third party companies are forced to side with one game company over the other. In the past of years we have seen the company pairings of Sony’s PlayStation for Taco Bell, we have seen multiple promotions for Mountain Dew and Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and One and we have even seen Nintendo making Mario Spaghettios with Campbells.

it’s funny to see that Pepsi-Mnt Dew or just Pepsi never tried to double dip with both consoles market/fan bases considering that Pepsi and Taco Bell are both owned by the Yum! Brands, Inc.

it’s funny to see that Pepsi-Mtn Dew or just Pepsi never tried to double dip with both consoles market/fan bases considering that Pepsi and Taco Bell are both owned by the Yum! Brands, Inc.

 

Even with Third Party game developers have seen the exclusive deals with one of the big three console companies, the most obvious is the deals Sony has with gaming companies (Ubisoft) providing special and unique downloadable content for the PlayStation version of the game.

An hour more content just a fragmented part of gaming/Assassin's Creed comunity because they decided to play on a PS3, instead of an Xbox or PC

An hour more content just a fragmented part of gaming/Assassin’s Creed community because they decided to play on a PS3, instead of an Xbox or PC

 

And During my years at PAX East over the multiple and multiple game developers panels everyone there constantly talk about how gaming retail companies like Best Buy, GameStop, and even Walmart goes up to these developers demanding/begging to be given an exclusive DLC, special editions of the game, or physical giveaway with the game’s launch.

With the exclusive nature of promotional gaming world, it feels a bit like some the most diverse version of national politics. Creating a atmosphere where people who subscribes to one party or belief are expected to constantly and exclusively side with that one side for the rest of their careers.

With all of of the exclusiveness deals and contracts going on it is surprising and refreshing to see a company work across the aisle to get the two major competing media companies to licence almost all of their creative universe and images to create a 3rd party game.

Something that is a bit more awe inspiring than that is how the Lego games have been able to grab other big name film licensees like, Pirates of the Caribbean, the Harry Potter saga and LucasArts’s Indiana Jones and Star Wars series.

 

When Lego approced DC and then Marvel it didn't hurt that they had an established track record of amazing games

When Lego approached DC and then Marvel it didn’t hurt that they had an established track record of amazing games

 

 


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#304 The Presidential Console Cycle

Boom! It has been a full weekend since Microsoft’s Xbox One went live and both consoles came out of the base swinging with the announcement that the PS4 and XBox One sold a million products within their first 24 hours (I do wonder what is the percent of PS360 players that bought new consoles on day and did the percent increase since last generation).

I was going to do a prediction on who will win but all the research I have done everyone else said the same thing. Unless the XBox One  releases a Deux Machina patch that doubles the resolution of all of their games Sony has secured the upper hand in marketing and multi-platforms titles.

This is the first time I have been following the lead up and launch of new consoles and looking back on the entire saga reminds me a lot of the United States Presidential election cycle. If you follow me on this blog, on Twitter, or in real life it is not hard to notice that I love talking about politics and I have almost no problem connecting everything to politics in one way or another.

 Hey its a way to validate my four years in college to earn my BA in Political Science.

That’s right I’m kicking off this Monday with another political/gaming blog post. But hey it’s a way to validate the four years it took me to earn my degree in Political Science.

Each side, Microsoft and Sony, starts months or years in advance getting to work behind the scenes crafting the concept of their newest candidate that is supposed to appeal to everyone. With the lead up to the official announcement there are some juicy leaks and rumors while everyone and their dog starts throwing around their speculations of the new products and the current base starts getting hyped again for some new blood and innovation and what it means for the future after it is all said and done.

This goes on for a few months, and even if all of our guesses are right we still have to wait until the official ceremony with the press and viewers a like are invited to tune in as the announcement of the new candidate is made.

If you pay attention the PS4/XB1 reveal were almost the same as the democrats and republican nomination ceremony. Picture from The New York Times

If you pay attention the PS4/XB1 reveal were almost the same as the Democrats and Republican nomination ceremony.
Picture from The New York Times

Then in the final stretch to the big day, that will decide who will win, the two sides pulls out the big guns; the major press releases about each one’s policies, the marketing money, and the ad space on the important TV channels and websites all for the one purpose of showing off the product in the best light and swaying the vital few who are on the fence this time around while doing everything in the company’s power to get the third-party companies to support them post launch. All the while the fanboys on both sides tear each other apart on the internet forums with logical fallacies.

Birthers. XBONE. PS4 has no games. seeing Russia from my house. 47%

Birthers. XBONE. PS4 has no games. Seeing Russia from my house. 47% ect.

The main difference between an US political election and the next generation console war is that both parties in the console war gets to have their product win. After the launch both Microsoft and Sony then enter a friendly Cold War while the rest of us comes to terms with the unfilled promises from the campaign.

yeah tell me that they did it for the gamer not for the companies

Tell me with a straight face that they didn’t tweet this for the free PR from the press and not for the other company

P.S Lest I forget in this comparison the Nintendo Wii U is like the winner of the local elections, the only place where real innovation and change happens without the threat of big money and market testers watering it down. And the PC is like the Illuminati as in it is as old as dirt, longest lasting party, and does everything the main two consoles can do but better all the while pulling all the strings in the industry.

Everyone laughed at the Nintendo's past two consoles but who's laughing now? Not the people who now have to hook up their Kinects and out this Fridays buying vistas for their PS4 dual screen mechanics

Everyone laughed at the Nintendo’s past two consoles but who’s laughing now? Not the people who now have to hook up their Kinects to their TVs and going out this Fridays to buy Vitas for their PS4 dual screen gameplay mechanics


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