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4. Harpooned

Harpooned is a Cetacean Research Simulator disguised as a vertical shooter, in which you play the role of a Japanese scientist performing research on whales around Antarctica.

"Whaling is big news here in Australia. Every December when the Japanese whaling fleet passes by Australia to hunt in the southern ocean, we see footage on the television and read about it in the local newspapers. This is largely due to Australia's interest in whale watching as a form of tourism, and also because Japan kills whales in and around the Australian Antarctic Territory.

So it's a controversial and emotional issue in Australia, however for the rest of the world it's not newsworthy and I suppose most people never give it a thought. I decided to make a game about whaling and specifically about Japan's claim that their whaling is scientific, to draw international attention to the issue.

If Japan continues its hunt next year I'll probably update Harpooned and re-release it. It should definitely include a 'capture protestors' button." - Conor O'Kane, from a Gamasutra article

Name: Harpooned
Developer: Conor O'Kane
Platform: Windows, Mac
Size: 11.1 MB
Also by this developer: Go Beryllium


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