Tea Party Zombies Must Die Lets You Explode Conservative Icons With an AK47

By: Josh Wolford - September 8, 2011

File this under the “I’m conflicted” folder.

A new online game is causing quite a stir, as its gameplay involves destroying the zombified versions of various conservative and Tea Party icons with a slew of different weaponry – from AKs and Uzis to crowbars and knives.

The game is called Tea Party Zombies Must Die and is a creation of StarvingEyes Advergaming, an online viral gaming company whose site states that they make “games for online viral campaigns.”

The game itself is a first-person shooter that takes you through different levels including the Fox News studio, the Trailer Park, and Koch Industries. The gameplay is a little clunky and the graphics leave something to be desired, but in the end it feels like DOOM with Republican zombies.

Before you start the game, there is a “meet the zombies” sections that shows you all of the different zombie characters in the game. The list includes zombified versions of Presidential candidates Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich, zombie Sarah Palin, zombified Fox News contributors Mike Huckabee, Brit Hume, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck.

Along with the famous Tea Party-involved Koch Brothers, the game also includes generic characters like “Pissed Off Old White Guy Zombie,” “Pissed Off Stupid White Trash Redneck Birther Zombie” and “Expresses Racist Views Anonymously On The Internet Modern Klan Zombie.”

During gameplay, when you complete a level, it presents the player with a blip about Fox News or the Koch Brothers and their ties with the Tea Party –

It should come as no surprise that people on the right are a little upset about the new game. Brent Bozell, president of conservative media organization Media Research Center, had this to say to the Telegraph

The liberal media have been preaching for years that conservatives are the ones who invoke violent imagery and rhetoric. Yet in the space of two days, the radical, pro-Obama left calls us ‘son-of-a-bitches’ and says they want to ‘take us out.’ And they follow that with a hideously violent game where they do just that – depicting ways of shooting prominent conservatives, presidential candidates and journalists. The news media would be in an uproar if violence had been incited against liberals. Their silence disgusts me.

“Any propensity towards amusement is immediately stricken from my imagination the instant I picture the indignant media firestorm that would undoubtedly arise if the growling death targets resembled, say, Barack Obama,” saysTownhall’s Guy Benson.

And here is where I find myself conflicted.

I have always been a staunch defender of video game free speech, and laugh at the assertion by some that violent and provocative video games are some sort of blight on our culture. In my mind, that’s bullshit and always will be. A game is a game in my mind, and nothing more. Plus, the concept of a double-headed Koch Brothers zombie is just plain funny.

But I must admit, Guy Benson has a point. Can you imagine the type of firestorm that would erupt if President Obama or Joe Biden were the zombies in this game?

Do I think that Tea Party Zombies Must Die is actually going to result in any real violence against Newt Gingrich or Sarah Palin? No. Do I think that people have a valid reason to be upset by the game? Yes.

What do you think? Harmless fun? A poor precedent to set? Let us know in the comments.

Josh Wolford

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  • tom baddeley

    They thrive on this sort of vicious bullying. Let em have a taste of their own medicine. Think of it as payback for years of Army-DeMint-DewLay-Newt-Santorum &c. shoot-from the hip badmouthing.

  • concenred

    Demented game made by and for demented individuals. The world obsesses over death and violence WAY TOO MUCH and such games really are a sad commentary on society.

  • Stupidscript

    I think we can say that this is definitely wrong. Sorry, tea partiers. Now, let’s talk about JOBS, like you promised we would at the beginning of our romance. Or is Obama-hating taking up too much of your time?

  • NothingWrongWithit

    People can chose to play the game, view the game and/or read about the game. Or, they can chose not to. Same rule applies to porn, opinions and everything else that might be controversial.

    The fact that this is about politicians, corrupt ones at that (hey, they all are) – I could care less.

  • viewoflife

    I love free enterprise! Ain’t it great! Tea partiers should revel…means someone is employed. This vein could be the new tea party job program!

  • Andy

    Hmm… on one hand, this is (at worst) really offensive and (at best) really not helping the level of civilized discourse. Yeah, the Right started it with their over-the-top hatred of Obama, but… is this any better?

    On the other hand… I’m not really worried about anyone getting the wrong idea and actually committing an act of violence because they played this game. Video games don’t do that, and besides, Conservatives have all the guns already. (What am I gonna do… go after Bill O’Reilly with my secret arsenal of herbal teas?)

  • Jones

    When Sarah Palin put cross hairs on a map she was “tarred and feathered” and then hung out to dry by not only the Democrats in Congress but the Liberal media… But, this is OK since it depicts Conservatives being blown apart by an AK-47? Wonder when we’ll hear from the Democrats and the Liberal media on how this is inviting someone to off the “zombies” in real life?