I’ve been listening to a fair amount of Midnight Oil lately and it got me thinking; do games comment on society in the same way popular culture like music does? I’m not talking about political sims like Political Machine, but games with a deeper, politcally driven message.

After a bit of digging and some help from my friends over at the PcPowerPlay forums I was alerted to Harpooned, a ‘Japanese Cetacean Research Simulator.’ I really don’t think its possible to miss the message in this one. You take on the role of  a Japanese ‘research’ boat, conducting said research by killing as many whales as possible.

Choice quotes include “Perform research by shooting whales with your explosive harpoons!” and “Additional Discovery: The whales seem to be afraid of our ships. We must kill more whales to discover why they fear us.”

Screenshot from Harpooned

While this games message is a sad reality, I think it’s a good thing that developers feel they can create something which is obviously politically driven. While we are yet to see any big name developers take the same route as the people behind Harpooned, elements of social commentary are still present within their games.

Over the next few days I’ll be pursuing this further..


~ by outplayed on March 12, 2009.

One Response to “Harpooned!”

  1. Love you’re caring nature mate, we need more of you in the world.

    Japanese culture. Such a cliche~~~~~~~~~

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