Screen grab of Angry Patriots and Pinheads

Elections 2012: The Election Played as a Video Game

Mark Trahant
9/4/12

The birther movement – the far-fetched idea that President Barack Obama is not a natural born American – has moved to a new platform, the video game, Angry Patriots and Pinheads. According to the company’s website, the game uses “a Revolutionary War cannon to launch patriotic characters or the "Angry Patriots" at socialist politicians, actors, musicians, other mainstream pinheads as well as a variety of ‘jack asses’ stationed throughout the board.”

One such character is Elizabeth Warren. The promotional video shows Warren wearing feathers. She is asked by a Kenyan-flag-waving Obama, “Liz, So are you Cherokee?” The tag line says she proclaimed her 1/32 Cherokee Heritage (a story debunked here by Indian Country Today Media Network.)

Video games, however provocative, are a running theme in this campaign. The game, Tea Party Zombies Must Die, has angered conservatives because it literally creates violent targets out of them.

But if you want to play something more bi-partisan there’s NBA Elite 11. That game allows you to unlock a Republican versus Democrat basketball challenge. It’s a lot of fun to hear the President of the United States block a shot by Dick Cheney shouting, “Not in my house!” Or vice versa.

Mark Trahant is a writer, speaker and Twitter poet. He is a member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and lives in Fort Hall, Idaho. He has been writing about Indian Country for more than three decades. His email is: marktrahant@thecedarsgroup.org.

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