Boston Bombing: The Video Game?

Some people have no class: Terror in the Streets (courtesy of WGCL-TV)

Every time there is a disaster, terrorist attack or tragedy in general, you can count on some jackass to make a video game out of it.

Why should the bombing at the Boston Marathon be any different?

Within a week of the terrible attack that killed three people and injured more than 280 others, Lolokaust.com released the game Boston Marathon 2013: Terror in the Streets. It features runners who have to dodge pressure cooker bombs and even shows two guys walking by with backpacks slung over their shoulders—an obvious reference to the Tsarnaev brothers.

And when one of the bombs goes off too close to a runner, blood and body parts go flying. Hell, even some of the spectators are missing limbs.

Here’s a little quote from the expletive-filled trailer for this ridiculous game: “Hey [bad word], tired of watching the Boston Marathon disaster on TV? Well, now you can live it. It’s a video game.”

The reality was no laughing matter (courtesy of The Boston Globe/AP)

Normally, something like this wouldn’t bother me because I rarely get shocked or offended by anything—at least not very often. And as much as I hate to say it, there is something to be said for dark humor.

However, people lost loved ones in this deadly attack while hundreds of others were injured. And more than a dozen had limbs amputated and now face long and difficult recoveries.

Is poking fun at these people through some insensitive—and visually shitty—video game really a good idea? I don’t think so.

And if the people responsible for this game had lost their own limbs in the bombing or worse, someone they love, I’m sure that they wouldn’t think so, either.

Posted on April 27, 2013, in Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I have to say I seriously disagree with this kind of thing. Why on Earth woud you want to produce a game like this? Especially so close to the event? It’s insensitive and really quite childish. Imagine a school kid drawing a picture that represents a tragedy in another school kids life. That’s how this appears to me. This classless group of idiots, Lolokaust? Laughing Out Loud at the Holocaust is what I see there. Some people might find it entertaining. Fine. Me? I think it’s wrong. They’ve knocked something out with no thought, no consideration for the families and lives affected by the bombings. All in the name of “entertainment”. Worse, they’ll probably get away with it. Worse STILL it might make them money. I hope their cars all break down when they’re desperate to use the toilet! Rant over.

    • I completely agree, Dave. And I always make a point to mention them when I hear about them. People this stupid deserve to be exposed. It’s pretty pathetic…

  2. Like you say Scott, nothing is too surprising in this day and age, that in itself is sad. I wonder sometimes if these creators don’t care much about what type of attention they get. You know the expression “No publicity is bad publicity” before your post I had never heard of them. Lets hope someone has the capacity to shut down this game but it may have done it’s job in getting lolokaust more attention than warranted-a plus for them 😦

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