Neuchatel Ltd., makers of iPhone and iPad video games, has released a new app called “Bankers vs. Humans.”
“Are you angry at bankers?” the game's website reads, “This is the place to take them down! Or are you a banker and angry at the media n’ protesters! Battle it out over the skies of Switzerland, Brazil, New York City.”
Careful not to choose sides, the game allows you to play as either a “Fat Trader,” “Slick Banker,” “Hippie,” or “Intellectual.”
“If you’re part of Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, an ex. Lehman champ or are working for any other investment bank, defend yourself against them protesters here!” the site reads.
“But if you are an intellectual (perhaps you lost your job owing to the financial crisis and are now working in a book store) or are part of one of the Occupy Wallstreet movements worldwide…take them Bankers on!!”
See the game’s trailer (via BankersVsHumans YouTube page):
Of course, some will probably accuse Neuchatel Ltd. of exploiting a serious discussion on “greed,” profits, etc.
But is it really exploitation?
“Our inspiration came from the public's interest in, and its heightened sensitivity to, the Wall Street scandals; whistleblowers; and the worldwide Occupy Wall Street movement,” Karan Khemani, CEO of Neuchatel, told Pocket Gamer.
If nothing else, Neuchatel Ltd. has made a impressively shrewd move in marketing to both sides of the Occupy debate.
“This game is not to be taken seriously at all. The plot line is a total joke,” the site reads.