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Friday, December 28, 2018

Play The Wonderful 1237 Negative Ad Soundboard!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Miss negative ads on TV and radio? Make your own!

Right now, the United States of America just completed its 2018 mid-terms election cycle, and is heading into the 2020 presidential election cycle. Nothing is happening in terms of political ad-buying and commercials.

During those election cycles, there was a trend of candidates not creating positive advertisements for themselves — explaining their policy positions and how those would help the lives of the constituents they're trying to court — but creating negative advertisements to attack the character and record of their opponents, often inaccurately or misleadingly. For examples, see this playlist of negative advertisements made by the Republican Governors Association. There isn't a clean playlist made by the Democratic Governors Association, but you can start here.

People who actually make their voting decisions based on these kinds of advertisements are not engaging in critical thinking, but they're apparently effective. I think they're worthy of parody, so I took our 2016 videogame, The Wonderful 1237, which is a humourous simulator of the 2015–2016 Republican presidential primaries, and converted it into a negative advertisement soundboard.

Enjoy on your Flash-enabled browser:

(Additions and features and commentary below.)

This soundboard boasts NEW, EXCLUSIVE features compared to the original negative ad creation in The Wonderful 1237, including:
  • Refreshed and streamlined user interface
  • Unlimited number of ad creation without game resource constraints like money or action limits
  • A brand new sixth category of traits that you can make ads on — Ethical
  • Added support for the five Democratic primary candidates, plus President Barack Hussein Obama
While you could make 85 unique negative advertisements in The Wonderful 1237 (but it was impossible to in one sitting due to game resource constraints), you can now make 138 unique negative advertisements in the new soundboard, and at your leisure!

All in all, make negative ads by picking your choice of candidate with an associated character trait (red denotes exclusive to the soundboard version):

  1. Donald Trump
  2. Ted Cruz
  3. Marco Rubio
  4. John Kasich
  5. Ben Carson
  6. Jeb Bush
  7. Chris Christie
  8. Carly Fiorina
  9. Rick Santorum
  10. Rick Perry
  11. Rand Paul
  12. Mike Huckabee
  13. George Pataki
  14. Bobby Jindal
  15. Lindsey Graham
  16. Scott Walker
  17. Jim Gilmore
  18. Barack Hussein Obama
  19. Hillary Clinton
  20. Bernie Sanders
  21. Martin O'Malley
  22. Jim Webb
  23. Lincoln Chafee
  1. Beauty
  2. Cool
  3. Cute
  4. Smart
  5. Tough
  6. Ethical
As I mentioned in the October 2018 review newsletter, KoopaTV won't be publishing a new videogame in 2018. The soundboard is neither a game, nor is the core of it new, in that it's a sliced portion of an existing game. This is also the “voice-acting-related project” that I mentioned in the article about my headset.

Looking back, The Wonderful 1237 is my favourite of KoopaTV's games. You might have a different opinion, but in terms of a game design perspective, it's the strongest. I'm saying that as the guy who designed and programmed everything for all of the games.

Development still hasn't started for our next game.

Pictures of the soundboard:

The Wonderful 1237 Negative Ad Soundboard title screen
The title screen! Note the updated copyright date range.
The Wonderful 1237 negative advertisement soundboard tough guy Jeb Bush
Here's a screenshot of the new streamlined user interface.
It's different compared to The Wonderful 1237's.
(“Oh you're a tough guy, Jeb.”)
The Wonderful 1237 negative advertisement lock them up Hillary Clinton Donald Trump ethical issues
The new Ethical trait allows you to portray your political opponents as locked up!
(If we're going to share this image around, we figured it should be equal opportunity.)

If you like the soundboard, you'll love playing the full The Wonderful 1237. It features negative ads, rallies, fundraising, endorsement minigames, a shady campaign manager, fun character interactions and story, and more!

Please enjoy the soundboard, and if you have any suggestions for future game projects (or anything else), please let KoopaTV know! Have a good weekend and new year! (There'll be something published on the 31st. Don't know what it is yet.)

Development didn't start for the new game because KoopaTV was waiting for the release of Scratch 3.0.

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