Boston Bombing: The Video Game?
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.”
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 Boston Marathon, commentary, current-events, news, perspectives, Terror on the Streets, Video game, video games. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.