Rockstar Games State of Emergency hits the shelves today. This game is highly rumored to be based on the WTO protests in Seattle. The bad news is that it is a game based on using violence to overthrow the corporation that has taken over the government. The good news is that the first website about the game appears to be rather informative about the global justice movement.
Perhaps this game will become an excellent recruitment tool for the World Bank protests this spring. Hopefully, everyone will get the violence out of their system playing the game.
This game sparked quite a debate on Indymedia when it was first reported a few months ago:
"The bad news is that it is a game based on using violence to overthrow the corporation that has taken over the government."
We live in a society where violence rules. The institutions of police, military, govt. and corporations rely on the threat of violence in order to pacify the population into accepting wage-slavery as legitimate, and carefully use
propaganda to "manufacture consent" within the population in order to justify policies that may very well threaten the survival of our species.
I think it is quite legitimate to debate the efficacy of violence vs. non-violence. I urge people to read Ward Churchil's book, "Pacifism as Pathology," put out by Arbeiter Ring Publishing.
There is also a good review of this book at:
well, that was a knee jerk reaction to pacifism. I hope you don't carry a handgun, because you have an itchy trigger finger, bub.
Hopefully kids WILL think that using violence to overthrow the corporate empire is a good thing, you don't actually think that the corporate armies are just going to say 'Yah your right." and give in do you. Study your history, revolutions ARE bloody. Whether or not it is our blood or theirs is irrelevant. The fact is that there is no such thing as a "Bloodless Revolution". I would rather fight and live, then die so I wouldn't have to hurt the opposition. The game promotes taking grenade launchers to summits. That's original! Maybe people should stuffem in puppets. Ha ha! Ok now I'm ranting.