Occupy Oakland-inspired video game lets you play cop or rioter

By Matier & Ross (sfchronicle.com)

December 10, 2017


An image from “Riot: Civil Unrest.”

An image from “Riot: Civil Unrest.”

Just in time for Christmas, the Occupy Oakland riots of 2011 have been immortalized in a new video game simulator called, “Riot: Civil Unrest.”

Players can be police, and choose “whether to use smoke grenades, rubber and plastic bullets, tasers or even live ammunition,” among other tactical options. 

For what it’s worth, hurling a reporter at a police line almost never works.

According to the Merge Games promo, “rather than attempting to popularize violence to a desensitized video game generation, the developers set out to create a game in which force and violence work short term but patience and passive actions yield far more positive outcomes.”

Merge Games say it sold 10,000 copies in the first 24 hours — at $11.69 apiece, with the introductory discount.

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