Mega Man parody video outrages a nation

From Wired’s Game | Life blog [wm]:

Recently appearing on YouTube was this pardoy of the classic video game Mega Man, where Mega Man runs through Vancouver Airport and then tasers Robert Dziekanski to death. Of course the RCMP are outraged, as is pretty much everyone else despite the fact that the creator Mike Greenway is saying it’s a statement on taser use by police as opposed to making fun of the recent death at YVR of Dziekanski.

I find it hard to be more outraged by a video game parody than I am at the actual death. However whether or not this will be at all useful for getting the public to demand the use of tasers in police procedure be reviewed will be for history to decide.

Edit: Thanks to Andrew for pointing out my spectacular spelling mistake in the title.

6 Comments so far

  1. Rob (unregistered) on January 3rd, 2008 @ 8:15 pm

    Maybe I’m suffering from empathy deficit disorder tonight, but I fail to find anything offensive about this video… unless perhaps you are an RCMP officer who feels stung by the clear criticism. IMHO the game is a reasoned piece of social commentary and I highly doubt that the author finds Dziekanski’s death amusing.

    My $0.02.

  2. Andrew Ferguson (unregistered) on January 4th, 2008 @ 10:45 am

    I’m sorry, did you seriously fail that hard at spelling ‘outrages’ in the title?


  3. Jeffery Simpson (unregistered) on January 4th, 2008 @ 10:52 am

    Shockingly enough I did. Thanks for the spell check, I’ve edited that.

  4. Jeffery Simpson (unregistered) on January 4th, 2008 @ 11:05 am


    I agree. I could see how his family might find it offensive, or at the very least hard to watch, but I think for the most part those who’ve taken offense either have their own backs to watch (the RCMP) or maybe just don’t quite get it.

  5. mark (unregistered) on January 17th, 2008 @ 2:23 pm

    “Mega Man parody video outragous a nation”

    Wow that’s some typo.

  6. Jeffery Simpson (unregistered) on January 17th, 2008 @ 5:01 pm

    Indeed it was a pretty awesome one.

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