Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Smuggle Truck: Illegal Aliens

New iPhone and iPad Game Allows Players to Smuggle Illegal Aliens

Why not just change the name to "Smuggle Truck: Undocumented Workers" ... and make everyone happy, guys?

BOSTON (AP) — A game developed by a Boston-based tech company that allows users to drive a truck full of immigrants through the desert and try not to have them tossed out is drawing fire from some immigrant advocates. “Smuggle Truck: Operation Immigration,” a proposed iPhone and iPad app by Owlchemy Labs targeted for released in March, lets players navigate through what appears to be the U.S-Mexican border. As the truck drives over cliffs, mountains and dead animal, immigrants fall off the truck’s bed. Scores are calculated by the number of immigrants helped crossing the U.S. border.

Developer Alex Schwartz said the idea for the satirical game came out frustration friends faced while trying to immigrate to the U.S. Schwartz said the message that developers what to send out through the game — it’s so tough to legally emigrate to the U.S. that it’s almost easier to smuggle yourself over the border despite the dangers.

But Eva Millona, executive director of the Massachusetts Immigrants & Refugee Advocacy Coalition, said the game is in poor taste and trivializes the seriousness of immigrants willing to risk their lives under a broken immigration system. “Last year 170 human beings died crossing the border,” Millona said in statement. “It’s disgraceful that anyone would try to make money out of this tragedy by making light of it in a game.”

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