Acquitted, a top-down, action shooter from Nordic Empire Games has the player
The whole thing seems downright strange.
'Acquitted' is now available on Steam, the world's largest gaming platform with 130 million monthly users!\n\nWe at @Nordic_Empire have worked hard for six months to develop the game and we are incredibly proud of the result!\n\nPlay Acquitted on Steam here:https://store.steampowered.com/app/1954750/Acquitted/\u00a0\u2026— Nordic Empire Games ('ACQUITTED' NOW ON STEAM) (@Nordic Empire Games ('ACQUITTED' NOW ON STEAM)) 1651510848
Kyle Rittenhouse faced charges of murder after he shot and killed two protesters during the protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin in 2020. His case was watched closely, and his eventual acquittal was viewed different by those on different sides of the political aisle.
While conservatives saw it as a win for their arguments about self-defense, and attacks on people who protest police brutality, people on the left saw it as another case in a long line of racist policies being upheld by the system.
Whether you see it as self-defense or something worse, it doesn’t change that the main crux of the issue is that Rittenhouse killed two people. You’d think a situation like that, even in self-defense, would be above a certain level of parody.
Not the case when there’s an entire game about it.
Seeing the reaction to the Kyle Rittenhouse video game on Steam, shows us the soy bitch contingent is alive and well on Twitter— jeremy Hester (@jeremy Hester) 1651696224
Kyle Rittenhouse: Extremist Group Makes Video Game About Him This is no game! And they made a video game so they can teach other youths to be filled with hatred, & right-wing propaganda, & then arm them for battle. They worshipping A MURDERER andhttps://www.dailydot.com/debug/kyle-rittenhouse-video-game/\u00a0\u2026— Ricky (@Ricky) 1652207869
Wow....https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1521232598336516096\u00a0\u2026— DarthMaal (@DarthMaal) 1651716761
#DemVoice1 #ResistanceUnited #OurBlueVoice\n\nA game... inspired by the Kyle Rittenhouse killing of two men... \nReally? \nI don't know how many times iI can be rendered speechless by the cruelty of humans.https://www.dailydot.com/debug/kyle-rittenhouse-video-game/\u00a0\u2026— Muriel Vieux - \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 \ud83c\udded\ud83c\uddf9 \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8 - Down but not Out (@Muriel Vieux - \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 \ud83c\udded\ud83c\uddf9 \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8 - Down but not Out) 1652227498
He making any money of that sick video game?— ATMOKOUNELOS T4 ENV (@ATMOKOUNELOS T4 ENV) 1652220657
Acquitted sees the player control Rittenhouse and try to fire through hoards of zombies, some of whom carry communist or antifa flags, going back to a self-defense trial between levels.
While many conservatives are talking about the game like it “owned” or “triggered” liberals, the honest truth is that the game is more bad than enraging. The developers boast that the game took them “more than six months” to develop, but it looks like it was done by a bored teenager on a Friday night.
Bad controls and art aside, the game was also developed by known far-right extremist. William Hahne, one of the developers working for Nordic Empire Games, was previously involved with the political party 'Alternative for Sweden', an ethnonationalist group that wants Sweden to leave the European Union and repatriate any and all immigrants.
So, it’s a poorly developed game, built on a shaky premise, by far-right figure.
Honestly, we’re not surprised.
This is just Hatred except more obviously rage-bait. Of course, there will always be people juvenile enough to fall for the marketing tactic and buy it or predictable enough to get mad over it. A tale as old as time, really.https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1521232598336516096\u00a0\u2026— \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 Locality Requisitioner \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 (@\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 Locality Requisitioner \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6) 1652030640
Brought to you by the "keep politics out of games" crowd.— ReasonableMindDiffering (@ReasonableMindDiffering) 1652117186
Real gamers play based nonpolitical, nonpartisan games like Paper Mario instead https://twitter.com/Kotaku/status/1523715435413266438\u00a0\u2026pic.twitter.com/Mau5fVLPET— Reecee #Toaster4DisneyPlus (@Reecee #Toaster4DisneyPlus) 1652235069
Despite the good reviews from right-wing commenters, and a whole lot of shoulder shrugging from anyone remotely left of center, the game may not be the success Nordic Empire Games is hoping for.
As it’s pointed out, the game doesn’t take its premise far enough, and shies away at true controversy. Gameplay is noted to be stale, even by reviewer who purport to love the game, and the quality makes it look like a bad flash game from the mid-2000s.
Maybe next time the far-right finds a game to rally around, it’ll be good.