April 16, 2011

JEFF KOONS MUST DIE!!! video game

By Rachel Schwerin
For 25 cents, you can virtually destroy Jeff Koons artistic oeuvres in the new arcade game (or is that artcade game) 'Jeff Koons Must Die!!!'.  Designed for a 1980s style stand up arcade machine, the game is set in a large museum during a Koons retrospective.  From frist-person perspective you are given a rocket launcher and the opportunity to destroy any of the works displayed in the gallery.  After you have annihilated your Koons of choice, an animated Jeff Koons walks onto the screen, chastises the player, and then sends guards to kill the player.  The game is un-winnable (because you cannot win the art game).  Creator Hunter Jonakin claims the game "acts as a comment on the fine art studio system, museum culture, art and commerce, hierarchical power structures, and the destructive tendencies of gallery goers."

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