You’ve probably heard about the proposed SOPA act around the internet. I know I’ve been hearing about it for quite some time. You’re probably wondering why I’m talking about it since this is about gaming, not politics. The answer to that is extremely simple. I found a game about it. Its called Super SOPA Bros. I’ve talked about the premise of serious games before, particularly those that are educational. There are also the socio-political ones. These kinds of games try to sway the player to believe something that the designer wants them to believe. That’s what this is. The basic idea is that its Super Mario Bros but with all the things that make it distinct censored out with black bars. It was created for the Ludum Dare Stop SOPA Game Jam.
As you could probably guess, the developers were attempting to convince people to stand up against SOPA. It shows their views of what the internet would be like if SOPA were to pass: a place so censored that there is nothing beyond the bare functionality of it left. Interesting, isn’t it?
The game is extremely short and ends with everything fading into black since the rest was “censored out”, but the shortness really adds to the impact of the game.
This is a very well made protest game. It makes its point plain, even through its use of ironic support. The graphics are simple and help convey the meaning. By using a familiar platform, they ease the players into their beliefs in a more personal way. I thoroughly approve of their design. I award Super SOPA Bros 4 out of 5 hearts. Way better than that last socio-political game I reviewed for you.