04/12/2017

France’s Far-Left Presidential Candidate Launched A Video Game Where He Steals Money From The Rich

Aamna Mohdin, Quartz

Far-left presidential candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon wants voters to take down capitalists at the ballot box—and in a video game.

Last week, Mélenchon’s campaign released a free online game (link in French), called Fiscal Kombat, in which players literally get to shake down the rich. Mélenchon stars as the main character in the game, which was inspired by the popular video game franchise Mortal Kombat.

The far-left candidate, who has recently surged in the polls in a highly fractious race, stars as the protagonist, lifting up his enemies—members of the financial elite—and shaking them until money drops out of their pockets. The villains include numerous French and European politicians and businesspeople, including IMF chief Christine Lagarde, former president Nicolas Sarkozy, and centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron.

The game was born in chat rooms (link in French) dedicated to Mélenchon’s party, Unsubmissive France. Heavy on gamers and avid young supporters, the online venues have grown from tens of users four months ago to nearly 10,000 users who pop in at least once a week. A group of volunteers of various backgrounds, from graphic designers to programmers, took on the game’s development under the supervision of Melenchon’s campaign director, Emmanuel Bompard.

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