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Can You Clean Up Crime in Six Months?

01:30 PM March 24, 2016

Those familiar with former Davao mayor, turned presidential candidate, Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte’s tough-talking ways know of his campaign promise to end crime in three to six months once elected.

While supporters, pundits and rivals argue whether Rody can deliver, you can now see for yourself how “The Punisher” aims to clean up crime — in a videogame.

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Developed by award-winning game developer Bari Silvestre (of Kill The Plumber fame), the fighting game “Rody Fight – Game for Change” is composed of six levels that represent each month of Duterte’s campaign promise.

In Rody Fight, players take the role of Rody Duterte as he punches and shoots his way through street thugs, tandem motorcycle vigilantes, the literal Pork Barrel and Corrupt Officials.

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As a game, Rody Fight features simple mechanics that increase in difficulty as the levels progress. The screen is divided into three sections: Top, Middle and Bottom. The player must then click on a layer as enemies advance. Do it in the right sequence and Rody administers justice in the form of a punch or gunshot. Miss your timing and the criminals deal damage.

Loading screens in between levels share quotes, quips and campaign promises Duterte has made throughout the election season.

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Silvestre, who identifies as a Duterte supporter, said that he created the game of his own volition. Asked if the campaign team of presidential candidate Duterte approached him to make a game, he said that made Rody Fight as a personal project. Esports by INQUIRER.net reached out to the campaign organizers of the Duterte camp and they confirmed that they did not ask Silvestre to make a game for their candidate.

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New media, such as videogames and social media marketing, is a brave new frontier for Philippine elections. In the Omnibus Election code, videogames are not explicitly mentioned as prohibited campaign material for persons seeking office in national elections.

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It would not be out of the realm of the possible to expect future elections to feature more games that explicitly highlight a candidate’s qualities or attack those of their rivals.

Rody Fight – Game for Change is available on the Google Play Store and on Newgrounds.

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