From the depth of Kickstarter, we've learned that a Ron Paul video game is on the way.
I've been trawling Kickstarter hardcore recently, and am overwhelmed with the sheer number of strange projects that people want to fund, from the mundane (this lady needs over $3,000 to make decorative candle wrappers) to the awesome (The Banner Saga: A Viking based strategy video game) to the really, really stupid (This guy wants $30,000 to develop a tin-can phone that connects to your cellphone), but the Ron Paul video game is either the dumbest or the smartest Kickstarter game I've ever heard of.
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The idea of the Kickstarter is to make a browser game called "The Road to REVOLution" that is a sidescrolling platformer action/adventure game, reminiscent of console classics like Super Mario Brothers and Sonic the Hedgehog. Except it stars weirdly manic free-market politician Ron Paul, and involves traversing levels to collect delegates and eventually fight the Federal Reserve. How this will eventually lead to political success for Paul is unknown, although the creators of the Kickstarter would like to:
"Perpetuate the spirit of Indie Games, which I feel is sort of the last bastion of 'Free' gaming. There is so much red tape that game developers face in the world of gaming today that destroys what may have been some of our favorite games"
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Here's why I have mixed feelings about the project: On the one hand, it's just a terrible idea for a game. Video games based on politics are generally terrible, and the more specific they are, the worse they become. Ron Paul jumping around like Mario doesn't make any sense at all, and I can't see how a platformer game would help anyone further understand his philosophies or viewpoints. So a Ron Paul game is just terrible. Just a terrible idea.
But the Kickstarter is also brilliant. Any time a political ideology is sidelined by mainstream of discourse, as Paul's Libertarianism has been, the proponents of that ideology tend to double down, and so wouldn't mind plonking down a few bucks to create a silly game -- internet Paulites are p*ssed by his ideas constantly being dismissed and sidelined. So, as an exercise in pure Capitalism, the Ron Paul Kickstarter is pretty brilliant. The only problem: The creators only asked for $5,000! They could have soaked disgruntled libertarians for ten times that, and any good Capitalist would have.
But yeah, the project has been funded in its entirety, and I hope we see the game soon so the Ron Paul revolution can begin. We also look ahead warily to the upcoming election and more attempts from all sides of the political spectrum to clumsily try to use gaming to advance their agendas.
"Vote Cthulhu in 2012! Why pick the lesser of the Evils?"