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Monday, November 22, 2004

JFK Reloaded

Traffic games of Scotland is releasing JFK Reloaded, a game based on the assassination of John F Kennedy:

A British company said Sunday it was releasing a video game recreating the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy...
The Glasgow-based firm Traffic said "JFK Reloaded" was an educational "docu-game" that would help disprove conspiracy theories about Kennedy's death. The game is due to be released today, the 41st anniversary of the shooting in Dallas.
Traffic said the game challenged players to re-create the three shots fired at the president's car by assassin Lee Harvey Oswald from the Texas School Book Depository.

I am sure there will be lots of outrage, just like when Knopf published "Checkpoint," a book urging the assassination of George W Bush. In fact, here are some of the outraged views:

"Compelling . . . a passionate cry from the heart." --USA Today

“A ripped-from-the-headlines docudrama for the printed page, a timely and tense screed for a divided country hurtling toward who knows where.” --Associated Press

"Checkpoint is about limits - of presidential power, of law, of discourse, of rationality, and of language itself." --Boston Phoenix

"Sly, slender but important . . . Baker excels at writing about those facets of the human experience we prefer to hide." --David Kipen, San Francisco Chronicle

"This novel could be a kind of record of our times. . . . Its goal is to take [the] internal combustion process of hatred and anger and make it visible--which Baker does brilliantly." --Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"Baker's new novel checks its inhibitions at the door . . . entertaining, edgy and unpredictable." --Las Vegas City Life

“If one of our supreme chroniclers of mild manners can be roused to such patriotic indignation, democracy yet has a fighting chance.” --LA Weekly

"On the whole, Baker improves upon Samuel Beckett's [Godot]. Baker's jokes will make people, rather than theatre majors, laugh." --P. J. O'Rourke, Los Angeles Times

"An astonishing, uncomfortable conversation. Baker has a real ear for the cadence and wryness of the modern intelligentsia." --Portland Oregonian

“Checkpoint is like a hornet: It’s small, quiet, with a sinister aspect to its midday peregrinations, and it has a stinger: conscience.” --Toronto Globe and Mail

"High humor, ghastly seriousness." Kirkus (starred review)


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