What happens when you get a remake of a classic 1984 Nintendo game and see it transformed, pixel by beautifully oversized pixel, into a deceptively simple interactive work of art?
The bullet hits home.
Bang bang, rings the voice of Nancy Sinatra as her song comes to mind. Her voice is quickly dissipated by the reality of video-game music.
The three main protagonists in this online game, Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un are joined by a fourth: us, the “Bimtendo” player.
In a world of GIFS, twitter and social media, the power of satirical humor and simplicity go a long way. We are back to the basics with the original shooting game: consoles, moving targets, and collecting points. The scene is set and the self-derisive humor spares none, neither the art-world connoisseur, nor the pop-idol consumer, nor children and adults who love to play. All are invited to be amused and slightly overwhelmed by the sight of two fictitious frenemies on a wrecking b... Horse, swinging through the screen as the game comes to a close.
As we shoot at the animated puppets, we are left begging the questions: Who’s playing who? Which character is playing the other? and eventually, Are we playing them or are they playing us?
The political figures in the green pixelated arena and the video-players behind the screen are all brought together by a virtual shooting game. Maybe the online world has the last say.
If over-identification is a tactic of the engaged artist, we are definitely placed in a position with food for thought. The game is obsolete without a player.
In real life Donald Trump may be living his ‘worst hour’ with the Mueller investigation into his campaign, but in virtual reality we are all invited to go on a more leisurely stroll with him and his infamous international counterparts in this game called Bum Hunt.
All can play online for free at:
As T.S Eliot once said, “Genuine poetry can communicate before it is
understood”, the same can be said of great art or a classic video game, they are felt before they are questioned.
Dear Friends, the "FONDATION ROYAL COQUIN©" is thrilled to share with you the World release of its latest Production: *** BUM HUNT 2018 ***
Online game and totally free
*Computers and Tablets only
Concept, Graphic Design & Creative Director: Mathieu Zurstrassen
Game development: Martin Pirson
Mathieu Zurstrassen & "La fondation Royal Coquin"©