Not Pacman but Crackman: impeaching Ford at the power of your fingertips
Gamers and non-gamers alike have recently come across a new computer game, starring the infamous Mayor Rob Ford. The creators of the newly released game, Nick Mostowich and Chris Ngan, both majoring in Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo have created a game that is both funny and addictive.
The goal of this platformer? You play as Mayor Ford himself gaining points by collecting weed, crack pipes, and wine bottles, while simultaneously running away from police and cameramen. Ford’s voice echoes in the background as he says his now famous lines like, “Um, probably in one of my drunken stupors,” and “I did absolutely nothing wrong.”
In an interview with the newspaper, Nick shared his thoughts on the new game and the mayor.
the newspaper: What made you want to create this game/what was the process?
Nick Mostowich: Chris and I wanted to show off our skills as UWaterloo developers at HackNY (an overnight hackathon co-organized by NYU and Columbia University in New York) by making a game. The Rob Ford stuff was really just extra flavor.
tn: How long did it take you to make this game?
NW: We built the game at an overnight hackathon. It took about 16 hours.
tn: How did you come up with the idea to make it about Ford?
NW: The idea came to me randomly as I was thinking of Rob Ford related puns. I thought a version of Pacman called Crackman would be funny and it sort of spiraled from there.
tn: What has the response to the game been?
NW: People are polarized - they either find it offensive or think it's hilarious. Overall I think most people tend towards the latter.
tn: What is the purpose of this game? To entertain? To show how Ford's life is like a game? (is Ford just playing the people? Should he not be taken seriously? etc.)
NW: The purpose is really just to make people laugh.
tn: Do you plan to make any other games in the future? If so, what will they be on?
NW: We will probably make games at future hackathons, but I won't know the topic until inspiration strikes!
tn: What do you think of Rob Ford? Do you think he will win the next election?
NW: I think he's been a fine mayor. It doesn't appear his personal life has necessarily impaired his ability to do his job. He has, however, irreparably damaged Toronto's international reputation.
Even though the point of the project was to get a few laughs and to show off some impressive gaming skills the response demonstrates a strong division of opinion on Ford. He still has his group of loyal supporters, creating uncertainty in the upcoming mayoral election. However, by designing Ford’s life into a computer game, it exemplifies how his situation cannot be taken seriously. While the mayor can be impeached in the game, he regretfully cannot be impeached in reality.
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Check out the game here.