We are frequently told by developers that games are not political. For example the character of Klegg, a large man with a huge blonde Pompadour is absolutely nothing to do with Donald Trump. We know that because we asked Tim id Software’s Tim Willits.
TSA: So, Klegg’s an interesting one… I’m assuming that he’s running for President or something?
Tim: See? It’s so funny. All of you Europeans… I’ve never got that question from an American journalist.
So no, we are not political! I promise you we are not making a statement. [leans in to the mic] We are not political in the game.
TSA: But you are taking the piss out of him.
Tim: No we’re not! Klegg was actually designed before he became president. […] Our writer in Stockholm came up with him, but no he’s not a Donald Trump reference, I promise.
TSA: OK, well he’s clearly Trump, but maybe not Trump as President? He’s even got the same hair! You can’t deny that.
Tim: [laughs] I’m saying we’re not political. We have a Trump on our board of directors. The president’s brother is on the Zenimax board of directors!
See? No politics. Bob Kotick, Activision top dog, has also said games are not political, especially ones that re-write history to make the bombers of The Highway of Death to be Russian rather than American.
“My responsibility is to make sure that our communities feel safe, secure, comfortable and satisfied and entertained, and so I don’t—I don’t—that doesn’t convey to me the right to have a platform for a lot of political views, I don’t think. I think my responsibility is to satisfy our audiences and our stakeholders, our employees, our shareholders,” said Bob.
So we are totally clear, games are not political.
Geese on the other hand, well you can’t stop them honking on about policies, Brexit, and trade agreements.
if you're in the UK, please, please, please go and vote for a Labour government on Dec 12th
END NON-GOOSE TWEET pic.twitter.com/dcPZhn5V2f
— House House (@house_house_) December 5, 2019
While developers House House have labelled the tweet above a “non goose tweet” it is clear that Goose is a Labour supporter as he is standing in front of a red rose, the Labour party symbol.
For balance we did try and find a video game character who was supporting Boris Johnson but they all ran away as soon as we mentioned his name.
We asked Untitled Goose to explain why he was voting Labour and he gave us this exclusive interview!
TSA: So you are a Labour supporter, why is that?
UG: Honk. Honk honk honk honk.
TSA: I see. How do feel about the current anti-semitism row?
UG: Ho-honk honk honk. Ho-honk honk honk honk.
TSA: What are you views on the Labour parties plans for Brexit?
UG: Honk ho-honk honk honk honk ho-honk honk honk honk-
TSA: Yes but –
TSA: Sorry we will let you finish.
UG: Honk honk. Honk honk honk honk honk honk honk honk honk honk honk honk honk. Honk honk honk.
TSA: The polls do seem to put the Conservatives in the lead at moment, what message would you have for anyone thinking of voting Conservative?