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It’s been 10 years since Mean Girls first hit screens, becoming an instant classic that is as quotable as it is hilarious. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t reference a line from the movie, use a .gif of Regina George to respond to something, note that the limit does not exist, or chastise someone for trying to make something happen that’s not going to happen. This is one of those movies that truly defines a generation.

Today it finally becomes a video game. Cue every gay squee noise I can muster.

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Via So Much Drama Studios:

“If You Have Ever Felt Personally Victimized by Regina George, This Game is For You

Designed as an easily accessible ‘tiara-defense’ game, Mean Girls finds the original Plastics at peace with their world, when a new upstart Plastics clique attempts to take control of North Shore High School by piecing together the broken Spring Fling Tiara. Players can select from eight of their favorite Mean Girls characters—Cady, Regina, Gretchen, Karen, Janis, Damian, Aaron, and Kevin, each with their own distinct boost abilities—and all the cliques from the cafeteria, to help defeat opponents and complete each level.”

The mobile “tiara-defense” game is not unlike your standard tower-defender: You place troops, you set up traps, and you keep the oncoming hoards of enemies away from their goal. Only this time around your troops are who you hang out with and the enemies are the opposing cliques.

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While it may not seem like an obvious genre to slap the Mean Girls name on, it’s actually quite clever. Just as in the original film the cafeteria is a carefully mapped out warzone, with factions ranging from the Varsity jocks to the girls who eat their feelings to the burnouts to the Plastics. And just as Lindsay Lohan’s Katy Herron went to war with Regina George, players will go to war to protect their tiara from those who’d try to snatch it away.

Does this sound like the most fabulous game ever, or does this sound like the most fabulous game ever? Who would come up with such a game? None other than So Much Drama’s Jeff Medor, creator of RuPaul’s Drag Race: Dragopolis, one of our gayest games of the year two years running. As was the case with Dragopolis, Mr. Meador isn’t trying to make a lazy licensed tie-in game…he wants this to be a product that true fans will enjoy through and through.

Mean Girls is hilarious, brutal, and endlessly quotable; I absolutely loved watching and re-watching the film,” said Jeff Meador, founder and president, So Much Drama. “The game is rich with the quirky humor, over-the-top high school power struggles, and everything from hilarious lines, peppermint foot cream, to, yes, the Burn Book.”

Burn Book mean girls

No matter which clique players belong to, from band geeks and preps to regulation hotties, Mean Girls offers seven different ways to play including gameplay modes such as You Can’t Sit With Us, Social Suicide, She Doesn’t Even Go Here, and The Limit Does Not Exist.”

Mean Girls is slated for release on mobile platforms soon. I bet it will make for a great candy-gram.

And none for Gretchen Weiners. Bye.

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March 14
2013

Teen Shoots Parents, Shocks Everyone By Blaming Video Games

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14 year old Nathon Brooks has been charged with the attempted murder of his parents in Washington State after they…wait for it…grounded him from using electronics for two weeks. Even better, he later told police that he played violent video games constantly and blamed their influence for his actions.

“He said he quit playing violent video games because he thought they were making him more violent,” Moses Lake police Sgt. Mike Williams noted in the incident report. “I asked him how much he played video games, and he told me ‘24/7,’ up until he got his electronics taken away.”

According to police reports and surveillance footage from inside the house, Brooks pried open his father’s gun safe, and took the .22 caliber pistol into his parent’s bedroom. It was there that he shot his mother, and father multiple times in the head, but not before they were able to call 911.

A local hospital has discharged Brooks’ father and has his mother listed in stable condition. Fortunately, despite playing large amounts of violent games, Nathon was unable to kill his parents after multiple shots to the head. But that hasn’t stopped the blame from falling onto video games.

Not only have many mainstream media reports focused on the police quote above, they’ve also drawn pretty clear comparisons back to the gun violence debate going on in Washington D.C. and the recent massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. Because that’s what they’ve been trained to do – focus on the scapegoat.

Never mind the fact Brooks has also claimed that he heard voices in his head repeatedly telling him that he could do whatever he wanted if his parents were dead. Never mind he says he’s considered killing them since age 8. Never mind that he was investigated by police in 2010 over allegations he had molested a girl (when he was 11!). Never mind that he was grounded in the first place for stealing his father’s credit card and that his behavior problems at home and in school had gotten bad enough that his parents installed cameras IN THEIR OWN HOME so they could keep an eye on him.

Clearly video games are the culprit. Yes. Clearly.

What instead seems clear to me, as noted by Jim Sterling over on Destructoid, is that not only has the media learned to shift focus and blame onto violent video games, so have the killers. Even if psychologists walk away from this kid saying he’s not clinically insane, he’s definitely competent enough to blame video games himself to shift the focus.

Is that what we’ve let happen? We’re so willing to shake blame and a bit of societal introspection that we’ll give attempted murderers some leeway if they admit to the topic of the hour?

Please say no, America. Please. Be better than that this time.

[story via Rawstory.com]
[img via geekosystem, which has a fantastic write up about violence that deserves some attention]

7 Responses

  1. avatar Dragoon2063 says:

    The kid clearly has mental issues that aren’t video game related. I’m hoping that the police and courts etc will notice that and the fact he is trying to shift the blame. That picture is in really bad taste by the way.

    • avatar Mike Barrett says:

      I slapped that picture up because I didn’t want to use the image of the kid that’s floating around. Not only is he a child, but I’m also against the way media tends to make killers into celebrities. (I considered not using his name, either, but feel that’s an important detail to the story in general as it would be in any other trial.)

      If you’re offended by the image, I can switch it out for something else.

  2. avatar Dragoon2063 says:

    Oh no, that’s ok, I didn’t mean any offense. I hope that kid doesn’t get any special treatment.

  3. avatar Michael says:

    Sadly, America isn’t better than that. Not anymore. No, it’s all video games fault. Because we can’t be bothered to take responsibility for our own actions anymore.

    • avatar Keith says:

      Like the the parents choosing to keep a gun and ammunition within reach of their mentally disturbed child?

      • avatar Mike says:

        I’m with Kevin.
        If the kid’s behavior is bad enough that they had to put cameras in their own house, don’t you think, at SOME point, they should’ve thought, “Hey, we should probably get rid of this GUN!”
        What do you think the kids response would be if the gun hadn’t been in the house? Sure, he would still have reacted violently, maybe even grabbed a kitchen knife, but even then two full-grown adults against a 14 year old with a knife have a much better chance of a non-fatal resolution than two full-grown adults against a kid with a gun.

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