A new computer game highlighting the tough road to marriage equality has taken Australia by storm.
Going Postal is a new 8-bit game where users have to get their vote in the closest postbox for the upcoming postal survey on marriage equality.
Going Postal was created by Agency, a creative studio based in Sydney and New York. Agency is a creative studio that only works on projects and campaigns for social good.
Its communications director, Tim Middlemiss, told Gay Star News they created the game to keep people attentive to the issue.
‘We want to see a more just and equal world for all people, everywhere,’ he said.
‘This is an issue that should have been solved years ago – not allowing for full marriage equality needlessly divides our community, it affects people in our team and people that we care about – and people we will never meet, but who deserve the same rights as everyone else.
‘We just want to get it done, and move on.’
Players have to get past obstacles in the game including former Prime Minister Tony Abbott wearing his infamous ‘budgie smugglers’ (Speedos).
‘Tony is obviously recognisable in his budgie smugglers, so we could have some fun there – but he’s also going to be a vocal opponent to the YES vote and we wanted to call that out,’ Middlemiss said.
The game also features current Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and a High Court judge. Marriage equality advocates have lodged seperate applications in the High Court to challenge the postal survey.
‘Malcolm, being our current PM was also an obvious choice – you’ll notice playing the game that he’s pretty easy to get past too,’ Middlemiss said.
‘He’s been a supporter of marriage equality before, and we’d love him to stand up and lead, but for now, at least in our game, he’s a little unsure of what he’s doing.’
Agency is excited with the reaction to the game so far but wants it to accessible to people from all walks of life.
‘We also wanted the game to be accessible and enjoyable from people for all walks, regardless of their political party of choice, their belief system or their identity – we didn’t want to make comment on areas of society where organisation or party leadership may not reflect the people they lead,’ Middlemiss said.
‘We really just hope its a fun way for people to stay attentive to the issue, and their role in bringing marriage equality into being – without feeling burnt out by the constant politicking and arguing.’