Saturday, January 31, 2009

Now there are Two "Heroes of the Hudson"

Now there are two "Heroes of the Hudson" - US Airways pilot Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger and an online video game. The online game lets players save the lives of everyone on an airliner, and be a hero.

And some people feel that it's - you guessed it - "offensive."

From today's Sky News article:

"Outcry Over 'Hero Of Hudson' Game"
Sky News via Yahoo! News (January 31, 2009)

"Web-users have been given the chance to become the 'Hero of the Hudson' - but some have branded the online game as 'offensive'.

"US Airways pilot Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger's heroic splash landing into the River Hudson earlier this month saved dozens of lives and was heralded as a miracle.

"Now a team of developers has created an online video game that lets users try their hand at his landing...."

Yesterday, Sky News posted:

"Be Your Own 'Hero Of The Hudson' "
Sky News via Yahoo! News (January 30, 2009)

"Web-users have been given the chance to become the 'Hero of the Hudson'....

"...But the new game has had a mixed response online.

One blogger comments: "The game is about as primitive as you can get.

"Most of the comments below the game hit it on the head. It's boring, stupid and offensive."

Yet it is spreading fast across the web and has already been played by several thousand people.

I wanted to check out the game, at, but all I got was a "This Account Has Exceeded Its CPU Quota" notice. Looks like quite a few people are about as insensitive as I am.

"Offensive?" Seriously?

I don't know whether the people who think that "Hero of the Hudson" is offensive because they think it
  • Is boring, primitive, and stupid
  • Celebrates heroic acts
  • Will cause mental anguish and emotional pain (or is that mental pain and emotional anguish?) to the survivors
  • Exploits Jennifer Hudson
Whatever the reason, a whole lot of other people enjoyed it. As for the chronically-offended, that's a matter for another post.
I ran across some of these pages while doing research and Web surfing recently. In the interests of bringing these gems from the wonderfully weird world of human nature to your attention, I wrote this post, and "Remember Political Correctness? - Superperson, Dicjanetionaries, and an Article in a Processed Tree Carcass" (January 31, 2009).


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