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JOSH ON, FUTUREFARMERS
Anti-Wargame, 2002

posted by curators on Thursday April 25, @06:35PM   

Anti-Wargame lets a player lead the USA into a war against terrorism. It won't be easy though, in real life, soldiers often desert (over half a million during the Vietnam War), people at home protest, and the President's popularity sinks. It is the player-Presidentís challenge to keep up her own presidential popularity while pursuing whatever strategy might appeal to her sense of gameplay or political outlook.

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Anti-Wargame lets a player lead the USA into a war against terrorism. It won't be easy though, in real life, soldiers often desert (over half a million during the Vietnam War), people at home protest, and the President's popularity sinks. It is the player-Presidentís challenge to keep up her own presidential popularity while pursuing whatever strategy might appeal to her sense of gameplay or political outlook. Tools at her disposal include direct control of the military and the budget. The challenges include a press corps that needs constant attention, a population that demands a decent living, and a business sector that presses a tidy profit.

Underlying the play is a set of algorithms that have their own political agenda. This is an anti-wargame. The glamour is found in fueling the protests not bombing the poor. Everyone wins if the player can make it through to the revolution that will overthrow the Presidency. The game is over if there is an attack on a nuclear plant in the US. As Rosa Luxembourg put it, "the choice is socialism or barbarism."

Josh On is part of the San Francisco based group Futurefarmers, founded by artist Amy Franceschini in 1995. The group works on both commercial and experimental, not-for-profit artworks, and has gained international acclaim for its unique style and design. Equally comfortable in traditional and new media, Futurefarmers has completed distinctive print and electronic assignments for clients including Adobe, Swatch, Hewlett Packard, Leviís, Autodesk, Nike, LucasFilm, Wired, Frogdesign, NEC and MSNBC. On first joined the group as an artist-in-residence in 1998 from the Royal College of Art in London. Futurefarmersí artist-in-residence program serves as a laboratory for research and development of new ideas in design, art and architecture. Josh Onís They Rule is currently part of the net art selection of the Whitney Biennale.

Concept, coding, 3d graphics, by Josh On
Design and illustration by Amy Balkin and Amy Franceschini
Sound by Ben Furstenberg


Anti-wargame: http://www.antiwargame.org
Futurefarmers: http://www.futurefarmers.com/
They Rule: http://www.theyrule.net/

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