Want to get a sense of just how impossible the political reality of Jacob Zuma-led South Africa has become? Why not play Flappy Zuma? RICHARD POPLAK did, and he found that sometimes the tamest game in the world could make Grand Theft Auto look like a nursery school teaching tool.
Yesterday, the elections finally felt real for me: they became virtual. At about 9pm, a University of Witwatersrand video-game scholar named Kieran James Reid tweeted a link to a game called Flappy Zuma, urging me to give it a try. I downloaded it immediately, and was shortly confronted by a rendering of Jacob Zuma, flapping his arms above a pixelated city so leafy and free of burning barricades that I took it to be Cape Town.
The objective of the game is to expertly guide our intransigent president between a series of obstacles, most notably shower nozzles, by dexterously tapping a finger on the iPad (or iPhone, or Android device) until such time as the screen screeches: “Victory!!! A shower would minimise the risk of contracting HIVAids” or “They revamped Nkandla without telling me. Why should I pay?”
I’d love to say I’ve actually earned one of those declarative statements,…
Source : Daily Maverick