Anti-North Korea Rally, Inspired by 'Homefront' Video Game, Planned for SF

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Coming Wednesday to Yerba Buena Gardens
This really is a case of life imitating art -- so long as you're willing to permit the "art" classification to be applied to video games.

It seems that a rally against North Korea has been orchestrated to take place in San Francisco Wednesday by video-game company THQ, which this month is publishing a shooter game, Homefront, in which players assume the role of American guerrilla fighters challenging North Korean forces that have successfully occupied the United States.

The rally, which will begin with a march across the Golden Gate Bridge and ends with a noon protest at Yerba Buena Gardens, doesn't seem to be the sort of affair to which you should bring your AK-47. A statement from the company states that the event will draw attention to "North Korea's human rights violations," and "will include speeches by global experts, musical performances, and the launch of 10,000 balloons."

See? Nothing jingoistic about it.

A fun fact about Homefront: the game scenario was created by John Milius, the gun-lovin' Hollywood personality who wrote such films as Red Dawn (a gloriously preposterous precursor to Homefront in which the US is occupied by the USSR and Cuba), Jeremiah Johnson, and Apocalypse Now. (Milius is also supposed to be the inspiration for the Walter Sobchak character in The Big Lebowski.) Nobody in those films was launching any balloons; but hey, they didn't have video games to sell.

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claireyoo
claireyoo

This is so last decade, Bush-era jingoistic axis of evil and clearly designed by right-wing nuts who know nothing about North Korea.

naomi
naomi

where will the balloons end up when they've deflated? are they biodegradable?

David Elliott Lewis
David Elliott Lewis

There are a few guilty pleasures I enjoy in life - dark beer, rich chocolate and video games. While I would have preferred if Homefront's publisher canceled the balloon release (even though they claim they were biodegradable), their upcoming game, looks like a lot of fun to play. I will give it a whirl even if I have to suspend my disbelief regarding its plot.

Rio Reiser
Rio Reiser

Oh my God. This is just creepy propaganda. Poor America.

endargo
endargo

Of course video games can be artistic. As well as movie, painting, sculpture. Many films, paintings and sculptures are just piece of material.

Sum One
Sum One

Big Download reported that the Dillinger Escape Plan is going to play a set in Yerba Buena gardens at the end of the protest. Here's hoping that's true!

forgottenguy
forgottenguy

Figures that the only thing that would ever get a few San Franciscans to condemn a one-man marxist psycho state would be a video game. With all the medical Marijuana activism, I would think more than a few would stammer into the daylight to support a video game.

randyfleming
randyfleming

Who will be the rally participants?..what sector/demographic are the marchers to be? Musical performances by?.. Speeches by?...Smells like 'Tea Party' with appearances by Ted Nugent and 'SNL has been' , Victoria Jackson...SSI recipient Christians will flesh out the restof the event.

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