First 4chan made a Doom-inspired video game of LAPD officer turned murderer Chris Dorner’s final moments. Now, for the second time in two months, another national tragedy has been mocked through a crudely produced video game.
The new pixelated side scroller called Boston Marathon 2013: Terror on the Streets is exactly what its name suggests, a game inspired by the horrific Boston Marathon bombings that claimed the lives of three people and injured more than 260 others on April 15.
In the game you play as a marathon runner who must jump over moving pressure cooker bombs. In the background you can see other injured civilians, bloodied sidewalks, and Boston businesses named “Boston Chowda Inc.” and “MC jackoffs.” As your character runs through the streets, facts about the marathon and about Boston in general (like the New England Patriots losing to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII) scroll underneath.
According to a poll on TV personality Greta Van Susteren’s website, 75 percent of people believe these type of games should not be created. This sentiment was also shared by Nina Huntemann, co-editor of Joystick Soldiers: The Politics of Play in Military Video Games.
“It does speak to a minority of Internet culture that seems to have no filter, no moral line that they won’t cross,” Huntemann told Yahoo. “It’s not enjoyable, and it’s not engaging. It will disappear and, hopefully, be forgotten.”
In February, one 4chan user created Chris Dorner Last Stand, a racist game in which users could play as Dorner as he fought off police from a cabin in the woods. Like Boston Marathon 2013: Terror on the Streets, Chris Dorner Last Stand mocked the situation by having songs like “N***a N***a N***a” by Gangsta Rap playing in the background.
Images from Boston Marathon 2013: Terror on the Streets