Ron Paul is about to become a videogame superhero, fighting the evil forces of the Federal Reserve. If you think this sounds like the most boring videogame ever, a small but passionate core of Libertarian gamers will strongly disagree.
Despite generating enough enthusiasm among young voters to make him the closest thing we’ve seen this year to Barack Obama’s ’08 campaign, Ron Paul hasn’t picked up enough delegates to stand even a chance of clinching the Republican nomination. But that hasn’t deterred his die-hard supporters: Last week the campaign reported that its fundraising efforts were still blazing ahead, having raised $10.4 million in the last three months, with $1.8 million coming in March. It’s enough for Paul to keep campaigning and spreading his message to supporters.
Now he’ll have a new outlet to propagate that message: a Ron Paul video game.
A developer in Houston, Texas launched a Kickstarter campaign to build “Ron Paul: The Road to REVOLution,” to launch this July. “The beta version will be ready by mid-June,” he says “but I’m a perfectionist.”
“You play the role of Ron Paul and make your way across all 50 states collecting Gold (sound money) and Delegates,” The developer explains. “Collect Delegates to ensure your seat as the President, collect Gold Coins to unlock branches of the Federal Reserve where you defeat bosses and progress your quest to end the Federal Reserve.”
It makes sense that Paul’s political mission to buck the system would strike a chord with young game developers who also seem to want to challenge the dominance of corporate gaming behemoths. The Kickstarter developer even sounds like he’s on a Libertarian bent describing his own mission:
Through this game, and others, my sincere hope is to perpetuate the spirit of Indie Games, which I feel is sort of the last bastion of ‘Free’ gaming. There is so much red tape that game developers face in the world of gaming today that destroys what may have been some of our favorite games.
Ron Paul might not win the GOP nomination. But don’t tell his supporters that Libertarianism is dead.