RIOT. Managing a protest in a pixelised reality

The global riots are spreading everywhere since winter 2010. From Tunisie to Egypt, from Wall Street to Syria, everyone is revolting against a capitalistic and corrupted system0. Thanks to the italians (national proud) Leonard Menchiari, ex Valve editor & cinematographer and Mattia Traverso, a talentuos game designer, we can participate and manage a virtual protest. And in doing so, we are not phisically exposed to the violence of the police and the army (but after this tutorial we could organise one in our city). Splendid!

RIOT has been elaborated as a protest simulator in which the player can pick a side: the rioters finghting aginst a world of injustice or the cops following the orders of the corporations and annichilating the violent crowd. But the story is judging no one. the aim of the game is creating a “playable documentary” (quoting Menchiari in his interview at the Verge)explaining how the different sides are acting and understanding their organisation and logistics.

What would be interesting to see in this game will be the amount of reality that the designers are putting in the game. Since “part of the money raised through crowdfunding will go towards travel expenses, so that the team can document and experience live riots going on in Italy, Greece, Egypt“, I expect that they will reproduce (or be strongly influenced from) a factual reality in order to make the players feel the vibe of a real protest and not just assist without power to a video on Youtube.

An inseparable characteristic of the game is the beautiful Pixel Art with which the game is being presented. It is the trademark of the new wave of Indie games (Like Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery: just to mention a superb example).

The Game has been remarked since its first days on IndieGoGo, on which it easily reached the modest goal and greenlighed by the Steam community.  The developers are preparing a multiplatform publication. as written on IndiGogofrom the IndieGoGo campaign and will be released on PC, Mac, iOS, Android and OUYA.

The game isn’t ready yet and the developers haven’t announced any release date (luckily, for the end of the year) but, personally, I am excited to try this game out fighting brutally for your rights or trying to calm the violent crowd down for the sake of the nation(or the interests of the corporations).