Arcade game about bankers

This video from Britain is called ‘Whack a Banker’. Under the Pier Show.

Cartoon about big Royal Bank of Scotland bosses' pensionsFrom British daily The Morning Star:

Feeling the recession bite? Then hit out at a banker

Sunday 13 December 2009

Recession-hit punters are getting their own back on the banks by playing one of the country’s newest amusement arcade games called Whack a Banker.

Inventor Tim Hunkin said that the Whack a Banker machine at his pier arcade in Southwold, Suffolk, was proving a great investment.

Punters are promised a “truly rewarding banking experience” and have to use a mallet to hit as many bald pop-up figures as they can in a limited time.

“You pay 40p to hit as many bankers as you can in 30 seconds as their heads pop up. It’s based on an older game called Whack a Mole,” said Mr Hunkin.

“It’s proving very popular. I keep having to replace worn-out mallets.”

He added: “The bankers are bald and all look the same because that’s how I think people see bankers – as faceless.

“And, of course, the bankers never really lose. If you win the game a banker’s voice says: ‘You win. We retire. Thank you very much to the taxpayer for paying our pensions‘.”

There is an Internet version as well, here.

In solidarity with the detainees currently on hunger strike to protest inhumane conditions at the Los Fresnos immigration jail (Port Isabel, TX), I’m highlighting Homeland Guantanamos. Much more than an educational online game, this project documents actual detainees’ stories and the abuses they endured while in detention. Approximately 300,000 immigrants both legal and illegal are being detained in the U.S., many without conviction of any crime. This non-linear storytelling/investigative project invites players to discover what’s really happening on the inside: here.

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