Since the subject of gun control and whether violence in video games has any connotation to real life is very much at the forefront in American news and politics at the moment, it seems like a perfect time to release a game that pokes some fun at just that. Well, according to The American Dream creators, independent game developer Samurai Punk at least.
The American Dream, which was announced by Samurai Punk back in 2017, is set in a fictional 1950’s America where guns play a major part of everyday life. From the way people perform daily tasks like changing diapers, to their factory jobs, and downtime entertainment. “The world of The American Dream sets its sights on a future where guns are used for all manner of things like eating a meal, driving a car or working to provide for your family. With weapons ranging from pistols to rifles and shotguns, you’ll learn how guns will take care of all your day-to-day needs! Bite the bullet and come on down, you’re guaranteed to have a blast every time at The American Dream,” the studio says on their website.
Check out the 4th July-themed trailer below:
Going down full swing at a time when swing was still a thing, The American Dream takes place in a sort of world’s fair, complete with twinkling lights and carnival rides. The American Dream takes you through various scenarios in a vast complex constructed by a group of respected gun manufacturers to show the world a future where guns are the best tools for any sort of job. You will be able to continually switch between a range of different guns in the game, including pistols and tactical sporting rifles, to find the one that best fits the task at hand through all stages of an American patriot’s life. This helps to show ‘consumers’ how beneficial guns can be to achieve all manner of tasks in their day to day lives.
The Sunnier Side Of No Gun Control
This game uses black satire to take a very dark look at American gun culture and uses typical satirical tropes like hyperbole to take the subject matter to the extreme in order to make a point. Everything in The American Dream looks fun and colorful, idyllic even, which perfectly juxtaposes the current situation in the country. The American Dream will have around 20 levels to complete and features the talents of voice actor Michael Dobson, who plays Buddy Washington, the talking labrador that acts as your guide.
So, you might ask, is this a good time to release something like this, all things considered? Well, sure, The American Dream does poke at what could be called a hornet’s nest, but in the end, it will certainly offer a thought-provoking experience.