On Saturday, March 24, people will be gathering all over the country for the March for Our Lives. This browser game, Game for Our Lives, was built to help spread the word about the protest, and give you a nice distraction on Friday afternoon.
The platformer, made by Martins Zelcs and James Young, stars survivors of the Parkland mass shooting tragedy Emma González, David Hogg, and Delaney Tarr, who have been at the forefront of the current movement for stricter gun laws. You start by picking who you want to play as—Emma, David, or Delaney—then you make your way to the Governor’s office, jumping over people to get there on time (you can double jump). After that, you fight the first boss by avoiding their attacks and literally calling “BS!” (press “P” to shout). Soon you move on to the Lobbyist’s office, then the Congressman’s office, where you have to actually dodge their “thoughts and prayers” to win. When it’s over it gives a link to the March for Our Lives home page.
It’s a quick game, but a fun little time killer. More importantly, it’s built to convey a message. Before each boss fight you get a quick cutscene that uses facts to counter typical pro-gun arguments. All in all, it emphasizes the kind of change the March for Our Lives movement would like to see.
I’ll be honest—if you are passionately pro-guns, you will probably not like this game. And that’s okay! Not everything is for everyone. That said, I’m not completely anti-gun and I got a kick out of it. I think it’s good to support peaceful protesting and encourage young people to take part. Little things like this game can help do that. You can check it out at the link below (warning: there is sound).