ESPN's Page 2 Features An Odd (And Potentially Offensive?) Video Game

Wednesday, April 09, 2008


Everyone is well aware of all the protests going on and how important they are to many individuals and Free Tibet movements. So how does ESPN handle this? They joke about it by posting a video game on Page 2 in which your goal is to "navigate the Olympic torch away from angry protesters."

It's a very complex game featuring the torch as an object you move with your arrow keys away from little red moving dots (those pesky angry protesters) and ultimately on to the Olympic rings. The red dots multiply in numbers and eventually extinguish the flame if you're not quick enough.

I mean besides the fact that it could be seen as demeaning to people practicing free speech and perhaps it trivializes the struggle of a region long under siege by the Chinese Government.....it's pretty damn fun.

Torch Run (ESPN.com)

(Thanks to MM for passing along the link)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 3:36 PM

19 Comments:

Yay ESPN!!! To Hell with these protesters. Why don't you protest the shit that happens in this country first if you're going to waste your time.

GMoney said...
Apr 9, 2008, 3:54:00 PM  

Potentially offensive? C'mon.

Anonymous said...
Apr 9, 2008, 4:18:00 PM  

Protestors are fags. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Oh, hell, yes there is.

Anonymous said...
Apr 9, 2008, 4:30:00 PM  

to gmoney and anon#2.
protesting is one of the last few freedoms we enjoy compared to the days of the founding fathers. as days pass the elite continue to limit the freedoms of US citizens. US patriot act anyone?

Anonymous said...
Apr 9, 2008, 4:32:00 PM  

I'm with Anon #4 on this one. Having a laugh at the expense of someone's beliefs is never funny to me.

Apr 9, 2008, 4:38:00 PM  

Let's get into the REAL story here...

...a score of 30, AA?

tecmo said...
Apr 9, 2008, 4:48:00 PM  

Gotta at least be able to get 125.

Anonymous said...
Apr 9, 2008, 4:54:00 PM  

Potentially offensive? How in God's name could this be offensive? I find AA's headline decrying the video game potentially offensive offensive itself. What is also offensive is how some of these protesters are ruining what should be a great experience for anyone lucky enough to participate in the torch relay.

Anonymous said...
Apr 9, 2008, 4:58:00 PM  

Ha...that's the ESPN photo on Page 2 for the game and I'm sorry I offended you Anon. It was posed as a question because some would perceive it as mocking a noble cause and some wouldn't really care.

Apr 9, 2008, 5:05:00 PM  

Anon 4:58,
I agree with your point about AA's headline. That totally missed the mark. But c'mon...you're more offended by protesters than China's handling of Tibet? That's ridiculously insular. I mean, who under 40, cares about the Olympics or the Olympic torch anyway? Once they start trying to extinguish the X-Games torch, then I'll be really pissed.

Anonymous said...
Apr 9, 2008, 5:06:00 PM  

The Olympics suck.

Anonymous said...
Apr 9, 2008, 5:43:00 PM  

Now that I'll agree with Anon.

Apr 9, 2008, 5:47:00 PM  

will the site save your name if you get high score? if so, i'm going to put Heywood Ja'Blome

-dan

-dan said...
Apr 9, 2008, 6:22:00 PM  

Well, considering that's essentially what San Francisco did with the actual torch, I can hardly blame ESPN for pointing it out. This was an embarrassment.

troymccluresf said...
Apr 9, 2008, 7:00:00 PM  

Former WH spokesman Ari Fleischer has a solution..."Get faster relay runners".

Anonymous said...
Apr 9, 2008, 8:12:00 PM  

I love you, AA, but I find this hilarious. If they were busting on Tommie Smith and John Carlos, that would be offensive. But come on, this is ripping some NoCal tree-hugging hippies who won't fight for anything in their life.

NFL Adam said...
Apr 9, 2008, 8:18:00 PM  

Not only is it NOT offensive it is highly additive....Maybe folks should start posting their high score.

I'll start - got 115 before the caught me.

Brian Shannon said...
Apr 9, 2008, 9:55:00 PM  

What's worse than the Olympics? People who politicize the Olympics. And I'm not talking about the protesters. I'm talking about the swoosh and heads of state. I don't want a boycott. I would much enjoy China embarrassing themselves.

Anonymous said...
Apr 10, 2008, 7:20:00 AM  

Love the game. Great idea. ESPN's Page 2 hits another one out of the park. I'm rooting for more real life antics during the torch run as the Olympics are truly one of the world's great wastes of time...similar to the United Nations.

Sportsattitude said...
Apr 13, 2008, 11:49:00 AM  

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