A phone game app, created by a bunch of sixth-formers at Canterbury Academy has been making its rounds on the interweb. Not so much for the aesthetics, but more for its political satire. The game is called Ukik, focuses on a character Nicholas Fromage, a political figure representing the Ukik party, kicking Immigrants off the white-cliffed shores of Dover. The aims to see how far you can kick them out. Fongames were obviously making playful jibs at the controversial
racist British party, Ukip, and its pristine leader Nigel Farage and his anti-immigration, conservative stance in British politics.
As simple as the game was, it proved worthy enough to take Nigel Farage away from his busy schedule to condemn Ukik as “risible and pathetic”. Way to encourage the creative youth, Farage, particularly seeing technology and gaming is one of the few industries that can generate tonnes of revenue, even if your start up has minimal financial backing.
Coming to the defence of the sixth-formers (who Farage felt it necessary to engage with the might of corporate media) is Canterbury Academy’s school principal Phil Karnavas, calling the app a case of “brilliant, traditional British satire”.
It’s always important to encourage dialogue and commentary, and the response to a young persons effort could literally be the difference between a driven success story or some who gives up because he or she was told that their efforts were “risible and pathetic”. Few words to think about.