Do you have election blues? Do you feel powerless against the political quicksand swallowing our nation? Are you starting to feel like you’re living in an alternate reality where blind ambition wins and facts lose? Then, perhaps seizing back control in augmented reality can provide some relief.
HillaryDonald Go is a new mobile game that replaces cute magical creatures with caricatures of our presidential candidates — who, of course, have already become caricatures of themselves.
Players can visit “booths” at nearly 1 million locations in each of the 50 states of our crumbling democracy and send “good vibes” to their candidate of choice. Once a candidate has earned over 50 percent of good vibes at a booth, it takes on the face of that candidate and he or she responds with all-too-familiar soundbites.
HillaryDonald Go was developed by Dartmouth professors Mikhail Gronas, who focuses on digital humanities and Slavic studies and Joseph Bafumi, a specialist in U.S. politics.
“Since the birth of democracy in ancient Greece, modern politics has been, in essence, a competitive game,” Gronas said in a press release. “Games are often considered a less serious social activity; however, elections are some of our nation’s most important political decisions and are very much game-like: we follow the scores or polls, and we root for our teams.”
HillaryDonald Go is free on iOS and Android. No word yet on whether candidates are claiming the app has been hacked by Russians or will be rigged by the liberal elite media. Stay tuned.