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What to make of Douglas Edric Stanley’s 9/11-themed re-interpretation of videogame classic Space Invaders on its 30th anniversary?

As you might expect, the reaction in New York is less than welcoming. And Taito, the owner of the original space-shooter, apparently is contemplating a lawsuit.

Beyond that? The twin-tower backdrop, combined with typical oldschool gameplay, makes a political statement:

The towers will always fall, along with dozens of its anonymous inhabitants. No matter how quickly you’ll attack the air with movement, the alien invaders will always cause enough destruction to the World Trade Center towers to make them fall. In addition to raining down bullets, suicide UFOs will occasionally crash into the towers. You’ll always fail, as clearing a screen full of invaders will simply be followed by a freshly restocked swarm.

Not much on subtlety, but point made.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 08/23/2008 09:11:54 AM
Category: Creative, New Yorkin', Politics, Videogames
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