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Gamasutra is runnign a [URL=http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=17718]postmortem written by Conor O'Kane [/URL]the creator of the whaling game [I]Harpooned.[/I]

Some hilights:

So my objectives in making Harpooned were:

* To draw international attention to Japan’s claim that their whaling program is scientific, not commercial.
* To reach people who would not normally read a newspaper article about whaling.
* To encourage debate and discussion on the subject.

Under Public Reaction:

[QUOTE]3. Young males who were attracted to the game because it was violent. Often they didn’t notice or care about the message within the game at first. However this group are internet-savvy. They like to post their impressions online and read other people’s comments. I was delighted to see many in this group who started to engage in serious discussion about whaling, after at first only being attracted to the game because of the blood and gore.

Under Lessons Learned:

[QUOTE]Misinterpreted humor.
It’s hard to know when writing dry humor if you’re getting the tone right. Is it too subtle or ambiguous? My high-score table listed the names of famous scientists, so that when the player finished the game with a high score they get to put their name in this list, as though by blowing up some whales they have earned the right to be ranked alongside real scientists. However many players were confused by this and wondered if I was making some statement about the evils of science in general. This joke basically fell flat. [/QUOTE]

I am really glad to read his thoughts and experiences.

I hope that it can also help me and others who are considering making politcal games like his.


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