Trivialize an Anti-Gay Riot With This Bizarre Facebook Game

Trivialize an Anti-Gay Riot With This Bizarre Facebook Game

Two weeks ago, priests in Georgia (the former Russian state independent republic, not the US state) led a mob that attacked about 50 gay rights demonstrators, hurling rocks and, if this YouTube video is an indication, swinging furniture. Someone's cooked up a nearly unplayable side-scroller lampooning the chaos.

This is Call of Taburetka, the latter word meaning 'stool,' which is what a black-robed priest from the Georgian Orthodox church was swinging as the mob descended on the marchers, ending the rally before it could begin. The game's creator, on its Facebook page, insist that the game is not homophobic. "Dear friends, this game it not anti-gay. it just describes what happened on May 17," he says in one post. "i wanna say that this game isn't anti-gay this is for funny," he says in another.

I suppose I could believe that if the satire involved is how idiotically uncontrollable the priest is, and how he always fails his mission within about 10 seconds of beginning a game, exploding into what looks like a fart cloud. People are lobbying Facebook to take down the page as a violation of its anti-hate speech policies. Assuming it's not taken offline altogether, the game's creators are considering "disabl[ing] this game for foreigners because they can't understand meaning of this game."

Fend Off LGBT Activists in ‘Call of Taburetka’ [Gay Gamer]

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Someone’s Going to Dig Up Atari’s Infamous New Mexico Landfill

Someone's Going to Dig Up Atari's Infamous New Mexico Landfill

Alamogordo's city council has granted an excavation permit for the infamous landfill said to hold thousands of copies of E.T. and Pac-Man for the Atari 2600—two titles blamed for the mid-1980s crash of console gaming—and yes, the permit-holder is digging out the site specifically to find those games' remains.

The story is well known to gamers, particularly those who played both cartridges in their childhoods. Atari spent a ton on the rights to adapt an E.T. video game and the result stunk like shit. Some 3.5 million E.T. cartridges went unsold and sat in Atari's warehouses. Pac-Man, though it sold 7 million copies, had some 5 million unsold carts left over as the novelty of playing Pac-Man in your home—in a version that looked and sounded nothing like its arcade namesake—quickly wore off.

Atari had a bunch of unsellable stock in a warehouse in El Paso, Texas. The publisher decided to write off the whole mess and paid to dump it plus some other hardware—including, allegedly, prototypes of the ridiculous Mindlink controller—in landfill in Alamogordo, 90 miles north. All of the material was said to have been crushed; a layer of concrete was then poured over the remains before being covered by earth.

Presumably, the Canada-based filmmaker Fuel Industries knows all of that. It still wants to see what's buried there, and got a six-month permit from the Alamogordo city council to excavate the site. The burial took place on Sept. 26, 1983, so it seems a 30th anniversary event is in the works. Someone call Geraldo Rivera.

What's ironic here is that in 1983, Alamogordo's city council protested the dumping and later passed laws restricting such landfilling operations, fearful the city would become attractive for these kinds of jobs. Now it seems to be willing to capitalize on the notoriety. "I hope more people find out about Alamogordo through this opportunity that we have to unearth the Atari games in the landfill," Mayor Susie Galea said, according to KRQE-TV.

Editor's Note: While Atari indeed bury a bunch of stuff 30 years ago—which many believe includes unsold copies of E.T. and Pac-Man—the company at the time officially denied it was a mass E.T. and there is dispute, especially in this 2012 book, that those games were even the bulk of the waste sent north to Alamagordo during the 1983 burial. That said, Atari did have surplus stock, whether unsold or defective, crushed and buried at this facility 30 years ago. Guess we'll find out what it really was in the next six months.

Alamogordo Approves Atari Excavation [KRQE-TV; also via NPR]

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