Goat Simulator, umm, launches protest against Vladimir Putin

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Remember Goat Simulator? The joke game that is, inexplicably, a genuinely popular game will be receiving an update that sees it get political. This is not a joke.

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According to Polygon, in the latest update to the game players will receive a new map called “Put-in Hotel”, which aims to chastise the Russian leader of his regressive gay rights laws.

Armin Ibrisagic, from developer Coffee Stain apparently told Polygon “We really wanted to piss Putin off, and if he ever plays the game, I hope he’ll see it” and that “We also wanted to make good use of the fact that we have hundreds of thousands of people playing our game that might usually not be interested in this kind of stuff, and reach them in a way they never expected”.

So there we have it – a game about goats is now being used for political activism. It’s going to be pretty embarrassing if kids of the future have to learn about the great emancipators: Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela… and a virtual goat.

James O’Malley