Bernie's Got A Flash Game And An Indie RPG
Back in 2006, you were probably wasting your time playing some bullshit like Twilight Princess or Gears Of War, when instead you could have been playing a game featuring America's favorite corporation-hating, healthcare-loving, gravel-voiced Jewish grandpa. Not that long ago, CNN reporter Nathan McDermott discovered that Bernie Sanders' 2006 Senate campaign website included a hilariously odd flash game of Bernie flying a plane and shooting "facts" at his enemies. Enemies include "the extreme right-wing," "fat cats" (represented as literal cats), and "mudslingers," which are buckets that have hands and chuck shit.
Sanders can power up with either hydrogen (you know, because it's an alternative energy source) or scrolls that let him shoot facts even faster. If he gets hit, he simply says "Disastrous!" The cleverest aspect is how the game actually penalizes you for trying to acquire cash. Flying into a bag of "Big Money" immediately kills you, in a kind of brilliant inversion of everything games have taught us over the years.
But that's old news, and these days Sanders has a somewhat higher profile. As such, there's currently an RPG in development called Bernie's Journey. It managed to raise almost $3,000 on Kickstarter back in 2016, but designer Gerald Smith (who describes himself as a "HARDCORE Gamer" who is "also an Underground Hip Hop artist Name [sic] Nekro G") is evidently still tweaking the game about his "hero" to make sure it's absolutely perfect.
Gerald SmithOr as perfect as you can get when you're one person using the best game design 1993 had to offer.