Super Obama World

Each weekend Iain Simons provides you with a game that'll help you while away a few hours. This time

Each weekend Iain Simons provides you with a game that'll help you while away a few hours. This time it's Super Obama World. Enjoy wisely...

A ludic footnote to a most networked of presidential campaigns has emerged in the form of Super Obama World. This lovingly assembled work pays solemn tribute to the man and his ideas through the medium of the browser-based flash game, itself perhaps the only form of digital communication the Democrats didn’t use during the election.

Unexpectedly, whilst nothing on the original, it’s quite good fun. Whilst not eschewing the satirical heights of ‘Super Columbine Massacre RPG’, the developers have instead delivered a series of pixel-art character jokes wrapped within a gentle pastiche of Super Mario Bros. The game borrows the map interface from the Nintendo classic although rather than bouncing around the Mushroom Kingdom, here you traverse the States of the USA. The action begins in the colds of Alaska with a level entitled, ‘I can see Russia from my House!’ Indeed, within moments you’re beset by lipstick-wearing pigs as you make your way to a showdown with Palin herself.

In a nice-touch (although one senses it may be one they come to regret) developers Zensoft have promised to continue updating the game with more States in the weeks to come,”…including Arizona, Illinois, and D.C. levels. Just because the campaign is over doesn't mean the excitement has to be!”

Play Super Obama World

Iain Simons writes, talks and tweets about videogames and technology. His new book, Play Britannia, is to be published in 2009. He is the director of the GameCity festival at Nottingham Trent University.
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Labour to strip "abusive" registered supporters of their vote in the leadership contest

The party is asking members to report intimidating behaviour - but is vague about what this entails. 

Labour already considered blocking social media users who describe others as "scab" and "scum" from applying to vote. Now it is asking members to report abuse directly - and the punishment is equally harsh. 

Registered and affiliated supporters will lose their vote if found to be engaging in abusive behaviour, while full members could be suspended. 

Labour general secretary Iain McNicol said: “The Labour Party should be the home of lively debate, of new ideas and of campaigns to change society.

“However, for a fair debate to take place, people must be able to air their views in an atmosphere of respect. They shouldn’t be shouted down, they shouldn’t be intimidated and they shouldn’t be abused, either in meetings or online.

“Put plainly, there is simply too much of it taking place and it needs to stop."

Anyone who comes across abusive behaviour is being encouraged to email validation@labour.org.uk.

Since the bulk of Labour MPs decided to oppose Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, supporters of both camps have traded insults on social media and at constituency Labour party gatherings, leading the party to suspend most meetings until after the election. 

In a more ominous sign of intimidation, a brick was thrown through the window of Corbyn challenger Angela Eagle's constituency office. 

McNicol said condemning such "appalling" behaviour was meaningless unless backed up by action: “I want to be clear, if you are a member and you engage in abusive behaviour towards other members it will be investigated and you could be suspended while that investigation is carried out. 

“If you are a registered supporter or affiliated supporter and you engage in abusive behaviour you will not get a vote in this leadership election."

What does abusive behaviour actually mean?

The question many irate social media users will be asking is, what do you mean by abusive? 

A leaked report from Labour's National Executive Committee condemned the word "traitor" as well as "scum" and "scab". A Labour spokeswoman directed The Staggers to the Labour website's leadership election page, but this merely stated that "any racist, abusive or foul language or behaviour at meetings, on social media or in any other context" will be dealt with. 

But with emotions running high, and trust already so low between rival supporters, such vague language is going to provide little confidence in the election process.