Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity Attacked in New Video Game
Several personalities from the Fox News Channel are targeted for destruction in "Tea Party Zombies Must Die!" created by an advergaming company with a Hollywood clientele.
Sure, Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity rub some people the wrong way. But that doesn’t mean their heads should be bashed in with a crowbar until blood is splattered all over the Fox News Channel studios.
Yet, that’s just what players of a new online video game are doing.
The game is Tea Party Zombies Must Die! and is made by StarvingEyes, a company that builds and distributes simple-to-play “advergames.” On its website Wednesday were games promoting TV networks TLC and The CW, as well as one based on Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, ironically a movie from FNC sister company 20th Century Fox Film. There’s also a game based on Battlestar Galactica and another on NASCAR.
Tea Party Zombies Must Die! also features zombie-fied images of FNC’s Brit Hume and Mike Huckabee, as well as Glenn Beck, Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann.
When players of the game tire of a mere crowbar, they can pick up a shotgun or a machine gun to blast away at walking-dead Republican politicians and FNC personalities, one of which is named: “Factory Made Blonde Fox News Barbie Who Has Never Had a Problem In Her Life Zombie.”
Just so that players don’t forget that those on the political right are evildoers who must be destroyed by supporters of President Obama, there are partisan messages thrown in, like one that claims the deficit would grow if ObamaCare were to be repealed.
StarvingEyes didn’t respond to a request for comment but company head Jason Oda told the Media Research Center, a conservative watchdog group, that “the game was just a personal project” and that he was “not worried about it affecting business.”
While the game’s getting a lot of attention, especially since a video sample (below) was linked at the Drudge Report, the response by conservatives hasn’t been as much directed at StarvingEyes as it has been focused on perceived hypocrisy by liberals who claim to abhor violent rhetoric and imagery in politics.
“This news comes at just the right time to reinforce the already solid theory that the left doesn’t care at all about the new tone they championed not so long ago," wrote the MRC’s Stephen Gutowski.
While FNC didn’t respond to a request for comment, Huckabee told FoxNews.com that he was “personally flattered to be included” in the game and he supports the First Amendment rights of its creator. He added, though: “I do not support the hypocrisy of the left who scream at all offenses they can manufacture toward conservatives, but turn their backs on the same standards when applied to someone of their own political ilk.”
And blogger Darin Miller at BigHollywood.com took the trouble to give the game serious review. “The whole levels of the zombie thing – while flattering to Fox and friends who comprise the tougher upper levels of the game’s zombie hierarchy – isn’t realistic,” he wrote. “A zombie invasion would bring America together, not divide us on party lines.”