Have you ever wondered what it would be like to head Exxon/Mobil, Shell, BP or any other black gold giant? Playing Oiligarchy will give you a glimpse of life through their goggles. To succeed at Mollenindustria’s newest online game you need to expand business as any die hard capitalist would, save money to lobby parties at the elections, and increase the economy’s oil dependence. Oh… and do all that you can to ensure the “virus of environmentalism” doesn’t reach your paid off representatives.
Given a map of Texas, Alaska, Venezuela, Iraq, Nigeria, and D.C. and the ability to teleport yourself to each place at the click of a button, you are free to demolish structures, explore land and drill baby drill. However, remember to keep an eye on the company bank account, price per barrel, % of addiction, GDP, and historic events to maneuver through the game and maintain healthy profits, or shareholders will most definitely fire you. You must also be receptive to updates on the green revolution and info on local uprisings to avoid potential human empowered obstacles.
The game starts after WWII. If you are able to keep profit at the forefront of your mind and maintain total disregard for human/civil rights and the environment, you will most likely get much further than me. It seems like I’m not cut out to be an oiligarch. I was fired after a mere 5 minutes of playing (years 1946-61) for refusing to participate in politics and not paying attention to supply and demand.
Thanks to neural.it for the scoop on Oiligarchy. To play this and additional games challenging dogma, capitalism, and other aspects of our society, visit Molleindustria’s site. If you happen to be in Barcelona before January 24th, you can view their work in the Crisis. Against Appearances show at ángels barcelona.
(written for and originally published on artthreat.net)