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 The game is obsolete without a player.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
Production 2018 :
Mathieu Zurstrassen & "La fondation Royal Coquin"©