Rioting Video Game Allows You To Fight The Police

Atlantic Cities describes the 8-bit-style smartphone game RIOT, a thought-provoking attempt to capture the liminal state which occurs during uprisings when order breaks down. I’d rather have my kids playing this than a game which makes them Navy SEALs:

“Riot” is a developing project in Italy that’s led by film-and-game director Leonard Menchiari, who previously did cinematography for “Half-Life” creator Valve Corporation. The atmospheric little simulator of bedlam, which runs on iOS or Android phones, is inspired by real-life political turmoil from around the globe.

There’s a hefty element of strategy involved, with the player taking on either the role of the agitators or the truncheoned legions of police trying to maintain order.

The developers have received modest funding so far on their Indiegogo page. If they collect enough cash, they hope to enrich the simulator by traveling to the sites of recent uprisings in Greece, Egypt and Italy to interview people involved in the conflicts.

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  • happypedro

    Strikes me as counter-productive. Chris Hedges gave a talk in which he called the white-shirted cops assholes, and after the talk a man came up to him and said, “I´m one of those assholes, and I´ve read all of your books.” There are good cops and bad cops, just as there are good people and bad people. The system that the cops are in and the system they support is f*cked up, and the cops themselves are being screwed over by that same system. Better to work on encouraging the cops to support the right things, than to continue in the same mode of thinking — violence — that far too many of those supporting the system employ. In fact, the argument can be made, and quickly hold validity, that the power elite will also love and support this RIOT video game, because it´s continuing to play in the ballpark of violence — and gives the police and the power elite they work for the justifications to continue violence against we the people.

  • happypedro

    Strikes me as counter-productive. Chris Hedges gave a talk in which he called the white-shirted cops assholes, and after the talk a man came up to him and said, “I´m one of those assholes, and I´ve read all of your books.” There are good cops and bad cops, just as there are good people and bad people. The system that the cops are in and the system they support is f*cked up, and the cops themselves are being screwed over by that same system. Better to work on encouraging the cops to support the right things, than to continue in the same mode of thinking — violence — that far too many of those supporting the system employ. In fact, the argument can be made, and quickly hold validity, that the power elite will also love and support this RIOT video game, because it´s continuing to play in the ballpark of violence — and gives the police and the power elite they work for the justifications to continue violence against we the people.

  • Anarchy Pony

    Cool. But in saint’s row 2 you can use a septic truck to spray shit all over the police and various bourgeois institutions. Just sayin’.

  • Anarchy Pony

    Cool. But in saint’s row 2 you can use a septic truck to spray shit all over the police and various bourgeois institutions. Just sayin’.

    • Monkey See Monkey Do

      Remember ‘state of emergency’ by Rockstar games, simple game but that was some good fun rioting. Blowing up cops and then using their bloody stumps to bash other cops. We need a current gen version of it.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlYgHmxNSxQ

      • Anarchy Pony

        Red Faction Guerrilla was a pretty good “fight the power” kinda game too.

    • Matt Staggs

      Love Saints Row the Third. Never played 2. The Third is like the movie “Crank” or something. Completely commitment to violent absurdity.

      • IcyFaye

        Do yourself a HUGE favor; get SR2, (You can download it cheap if you have a ps3) its WAY better, you can re-run missions, the character customization is better, there are multiple hand-to-hand fighting styles, more weapons, you can carry a heavy weapons like miniguns and flamethrowers indefinitely.

        SR3 isnt bad, but it was a big let-down considering how good SR2 was.

  • http://profiles.google.com/ian.todd86 Ian Todd

    ” I’d rather have my kids playing this than a game which makes them Navy SEALs:” Really? I don’t see how this is any better…beacuse you have a political agenda against the government? Because you feel SEALs are participating in unethical wars? Surely, as an intelligent person, you should explain to your kids that neither game is better than the other?

    • Hadrian999

      the entire idea of applying ethics to international relations is laughable. It is always about exerting power and expanding influence. Anyone who talks about fighting for justice or freedom is selling you something.

      • http://profiles.google.com/ian.todd86 Ian Todd

        You didn’t see my point did you? That’s exactly what I was meaning, both ideologies are riddled with hypocracy. So saying this is better than that is just substituting one bad thing for another.

        Freedom however has been gained by wars. The level of which is another debate and that being the primary purpose for a war is another. However the oppressive governments found in the middle east, or the dictator ships of the past have been toppled through fighting. You might believe this isn’t a case of freedom, however those in the countries would say otherwise

        • Hadrian999

          wars aren’t fought to free people, in war or any form of geopoliticing some people win and some people lose. weather or not new regimes established by external regime change are any better than old regimes is debatable. In conflict morality is rarely a consideration other than when it is manipulated for propaganda purposes .

          • http://profiles.google.com/ian.todd86 Ian Todd

            But there are wars that are fought to free people. Civil wars against a dictatorship are fought under that idea of freedom. The extent in which freedom is achieved is another debate, but to say people don’t want to fight to gain rights, independence and the ability to chose their own paths in lives is silly. Look at places like Algeria.

          • http://profiles.google.com/ian.todd86 Ian Todd

            But there are wars that are fought to free people. Civil wars against a dictatorship are fought under that idea of freedom. The extent in which freedom is achieved is another debate, but to say people don’t want to fight to gain rights, independence and the ability to chose their own paths in lives is silly. Look at places like Algeria.

          • Hadrian999

            they fight to improve their position and gain more power, look at pretty much all of central and south american revolutions, eqypt, the iranian revolution, iraq, Afghanistan(any of their civil wars)even the american civil war reconstruction

          • http://profiles.google.com/ian.todd86 Ian Todd

            each one of those wars were fought for different reasons. Surely improving their position and gaining power is a sign of more freedom? Removing the restrictions put in place from a dictatorship, or the oppression in place from a government is a route to freedom. The Algerian war was not about gaining power, it was about removing the oppression and exploitation of a French installed government. They watched their own people killed and beaten, imprisoned and robbed. Power was not an influence, the idea of gaining freedom and independance was

          • Hadrian999

            and after that glorious revolution what would happen to dissidents and apostates, algerians fought to improve conditions for algerians, and to reduce the power of non algerians, using tactics just as brutal as the french.

  • happypedro

    Counter-productive. There are good cops and bad cops, just as there are good people and bad people. The system that the cops are in and the system they support is f*cked up, and the cops themselves are being screwed over by that same system. Better to work on encouraging the cops to support the right things, than to continue in the same mode of thinking — violence — that far too many of those supporting the system employ.

    In fact, the argument can be made, and quickly hold validity, that the power elite will also love and support this RIOT video game, because it´s continuing to play in the ballpark of violence — and gives the police and the power elite they work for the justifications to continue violence against we the people.

    • BuzzCoastin

      > There are good cops and bad cops

      bullshit, there’s cops & there are bad cops
      if there ever was a good cop
      he died a long time ago

      • happypedro

        > bullshit, there cops & there are bad cops
        > if there ever was a good cop
        > he died a long time ago

        Nah, not bullshit. What I said was true. And what you have said here is true, as well.

        There are all kinds of cops. There are (bad, good, functional) cops with uniforms maintaining public order, safety, health, morals, etc, in various degrees of good and bad. And there are also parents being cops by not letting their child curse, or burn his hand, or or or.

        And there are cops within each of us. We police ourselves and others in various degrees of good and bad, formal and informal, blatant and internalized. And we continue to support the systems that rule over us by staying within those lines.

        We are all deeply involved — some more than others, but all of us — in cowering to the politics of obedience.

        I like how Chomsky looks at it.

        He says:

        “I think it only makes sense to seek out and identify structures of authority, hierarchy, and domination in every aspect of life, and to challenge them; unless a justification for them can be given, they are illegitimate, and should be dismantled, to increase the scope of human
        freedom.”

        Peace

      • happypedro

        > bullshit, there cops & there are bad cops
        > if there ever was a good cop
        > he died a long time ago

        Nah, not bullshit. What I said was true. And what you have said here is true, as well.

        There are all kinds of cops. There are (bad, good, functional) cops with uniforms maintaining public order, safety, health, morals, etc, in various degrees of good and bad. And there are also parents being cops by not letting their child curse, or burn his hand, or or or.

        And there are cops within each of us. We police ourselves and others in various degrees of good and bad, formal and informal, blatant and internalized. And we continue to support the systems that rule over us by staying within those lines.

        We are all deeply involved — some more than others, but all of us — in cowering to the politics of obedience.

        I like how Chomsky looks at it.

        He says:

        “I think it only makes sense to seek out and identify structures of authority, hierarchy, and domination in every aspect of life, and to challenge them; unless a justification for them can be given, they are illegitimate, and should be dismantled, to increase the scope of human
        freedom.”

        Peace

        • BuzzCoastin

          I don’t disagree in general
          but since the Pigs are your Friend psyop is so strong
          I feel the need to counter it with hyperbole

          > And we continue to support the systems that rule over us by staying within those lines.

          not all of us

          • happypedro

            > not all of us

            Being aware and as conscious as possible, one can achieve a lot. To be 100% free of not contributing in any way? Perhaps achievable some day, but for most people it’s a lifelong struggle to find clarity through all the programming. As Orwell put it, “To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.” We all strive to be as aware and conscious as possible, and spend our lifetimes learning what is best to do with that knowledge.

            > but since the Pigs are your Friend psyop is so strong

            Uhhh… Pigs? Psyops? Answer: Honest observing, critical thinking, continuous learning, open dialog…

            > > I feel the need to counter it with hyperbole

            Metaphors be with you.

            Peace

          • BuzzCoastin

            no one can completely exit the system
            but you can be in it but not of it
            most don’t know how to exit the system
            they’ve been told they can’t & they bought it

            now if you don’t like the word psyop
            which is what it’s called on the inside
            (e.g. the US Army’s 9th Psyop Battalion)
            maybe we can find something that meets with your NewSpeak approval

            we’re way beyond dialog at this point
            the only dialog they understand comes from a gun & security laws
            which is why they’re Pigs

          • happypedro

            > now if you don’t like the word psyop
            > which is what it’s called on the inside

            Oh, there are definitely lots of psyops going on. And lots of it. But it’s difficult to figure how who is doing it — it’s mostly a waste of time to try figuring that out, and gets everyone suspicious of everyone else. Best to just focus on principles and (as best we can) facts, and move forward.

            > we’re way beyond dialog at this point

            In my view, your perspective is too closed, simplistic. To close things off and say dialog is not possible is to diminish a potential way of moving forward. I agree there does seem to be much that seems beyond dialog, but it doesn’t make sense to me to close any possibilities completely.

            > the only dialog they understand comes from a gun & security laws
            > which is why they’re Pigs

            So, what is it that you advocate, exactly?

          • happypedro

            > now if you don’t like the word psyop
            > which is what it’s called on the inside

            Oh, there are definitely lots of psyops going on. And lots of it. But it’s difficult to figure how who is doing it — it’s mostly a waste of time to try figuring that out, and gets everyone suspicious of everyone else. Best to just focus on principles and (as best we can) facts, and move forward.

            > we’re way beyond dialog at this point

            In my view, your perspective is too closed, simplistic. To close things off and say dialog is not possible is to diminish a potential way of moving forward. I agree there does seem to be much that seems beyond dialog, but it doesn’t make sense to me to close any possibilities completely.

            > the only dialog they understand comes from a gun & security laws
            > which is why they’re Pigs

            So, what is it that you advocate, exactly?

        • BuzzCoastin

          I don’t disagree in general
          but since the Pigs are your Friend psyop is so strong
          I feel the need to counter it with hyperbole

          > And we continue to support the systems that rule over us by staying within those lines.

          not all of us

    • Hadrian999

      individual cops may be good but the overall system that they form exists to intimidate and control the populace. Even a cop who obeys the rules still takes part in systemic harassment of the people through safety checkpoints, stop and frisk, speed traps as well as campaigns of intimidation against low income and minority neighborhoods in the guise of anti-crime task forces.they act as hired thugs for banks by enforcing civll agreements. they threaten citizens that attempt to use the freedom to assemble and commit espianage against non official political movements such as anarchists and environmental activists. andy taylor is a myth the police are enforcers not protectors.

    • Hadrian999

      individual cops may be good but the overall system that they form exists to intimidate and control the populace. Even a cop who obeys the rules still takes part in systemic harassment of the people through safety checkpoints, stop and frisk, speed traps as well as campaigns of intimidation against low income and minority neighborhoods in the guise of anti-crime task forces.they act as hired thugs for banks by enforcing civll agreements. they threaten citizens that attempt to use the freedom to assemble and commit espianage against non official political movements such as anarchists and environmental activists. andy taylor is a myth the police are enforcers not protectors.

      • happypedro

        Right. Thus in my original comment I said: “The system that the cops are in and the system they support is f*cked
        up, and the cops themselves are being screwed over by that same system”

        • Hadrian999

          as long as they choose the system they deserve to be attacked

          • happypedro

            > as long as they choose the system they deserve to be attacked

            Define “attacked”

          • Hadrian999

            In whatever way is most effective, overt violence is rarely effective long term, discrediting them, showing them for what they really are, exposing their crimes, exposing tactics and procedures that they use against citizens and political enemies are more effective long term but if they are using force someone that person should defend themselves if necessary

          • Hadrian999

            In whatever way is most effective, overt violence is rarely effective long term, discrediting them, showing them for what they really are, exposing their crimes, exposing tactics and procedures that they use against citizens and political enemies are more effective long term but if they are using force someone that person should defend themselves if necessary

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  • TRUTHYOUFEAR

    Whomever is the moron/s that made this game that is obviously promoting Anarchy which is CHAOS and promoting RIOTING which is again CHAOS, they sure need to be jailed for the best of us all so they don’t cause anymore problems with that CHAOS and messing things up for us all. All of that nonsense they do is helping those in power, it’s not helping the people, it’s so they can create more reasons to take away our freedoms and rights through these multiple bills/acts with then having reasons for passing them because of what you are doing, as to bring in Martial Law and help build the Police State which we see and seen happen since that RIOTING you’va all done…THEY created Occupy and all to help build up and push out their agendas for their NWO…. GOOD JOB SHEEPLE! YOU ARE PLAYING INTO THEIR HANDS AS THEY PLANNED AND WANTED FOR YOU TO! You never notice it but they sure did because they are behind it all! Unknowingly you acted as for how they knew you would, you reacted as for how they wanted and knew you would! GOOD JOB SHEEPLE! You all are another part of the reason why this all is going on and getting worse as well to why they in power are winning, even winning over us taking us with them, taking us down. You all are their pawns unknowingly helping them by doing this all, it’s all apart of their agenda to further bring in the NWO… UNDERSTAND THAT AND WAKE UP! They want this CHAOS and ignorance to break us down and further their AGENDA!!!
    (NEW WORLD ORDER/ILLLUMINATI SYSTEM) —-> ORDER OUT OF CHAOS

  • TRUTHYOUFEAR

    Whomever is the moron/s that made this game that is obviously promoting Anarchy which is CHAOS and promoting RIOTING which is again CHAOS, they sure need to be jailed for the best of us all so they don’t cause anymore problems with that CHAOS and messing things up for us all. All of that nonsense they do is helping those in power, it’s not helping the people, it’s so they can create more reasons to take away our freedoms and rights through these multiple bills/acts with then having reasons for passing them because of what you are doing, as to bring in Martial Law and help build the Police State which we see and seen happen since that RIOTING you’va all done…THEY created Occupy and all to help build up and push out their agendas for their NWO…. GOOD JOB SHEEPLE! YOU ARE PLAYING INTO THEIR HANDS AS THEY PLANNED AND WANTED FOR YOU TO! You never notice it but they sure did because they are behind it all! Unknowingly you acted as for how they knew you would, you reacted as for how they wanted and knew you would! GOOD JOB SHEEPLE! You all are another part of the reason why this all is going on and getting worse as well to why they in power are winning, even winning over us taking us with them, taking us down. You all are their pawns unknowingly helping them by doing this all, it’s all apart of their agenda to further bring in the NWO… UNDERSTAND THAT AND WAKE UP! They want this CHAOS and ignorance to break us down and further their AGENDA!!!
    (NEW WORLD ORDER/ILLLUMINATI SYSTEM) —-> ORDER OUT OF CHAOS

  • TRUTHYOUFEAR

    UNKNOWINGLY YOU ALL ARE PLAYING INTO THEIR HANDS!!!!