A new game by Greenpeace and Vanksen keeps the digital oil flowing--and lets you decide where it spills.
For the most part, the BP oil spill (and the oil industry's "drill first and come up with an emergency plan later" mentality that caused it) are out of the headlines.
But for thousands of voters who are angry at the way these corporations bought elections and misinformed the public, there's a new way to get satisfaction.
The Big Online Spill is a new experiment in online social gaming that allows players to keep the spotlight on oil giants by splashing digital oil all over the web, one page at a time.
The game's home page encourages people to resurrect the sarcastic "Spill, Baby, Spill" chant that was used to mock the "Drill, Baby, Drill" crowd while the oil was gushing from the Deepwater Horizon drill site. Gamers can choose their way to spill: either by entering the URL of a website or the name of a Facebook friend.
Then, a version of the page will appear, and players can target and squirt oil on any part of the page they wish. When you've wreaked enough havoc on the proxy page, you can choose to "Cap It!" and share the page with friends, or attack another page.
It's fun to see gobs of oil spilling all over the oil company logos, but, as Greenpeace points out in the fine print, "When you spill oil on a website, you are not actually effecting the site but creating a temporary layer on it for comedic purposes."
"Not only will you be able to turn your anger at corporate polluters in Washington into a few laughs," boasts the site, "but you never know what you may unlock. And who knows, if enough people play, it may just help prevent the next disaster."
While it's a great way to blow off steam, one thing that's not very clear is how "spreading the spill" through the online game will actually punish the oil companies, or help prevent real environmental disasters in the future.
The only option for taking real action seems to be a link that takes you to a petition to prevent BP from drilling in the Arctic Refuge.