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'Harambe Kong' arcade game allows you to play as deceased gorilla

Harambe is finding new life in a video game.

A new retro-style arcade game called “Harambe Kong” is making waves in Idaho, ABC 6 reports. The game lets you play as the gorilla that was shot and killed by a Cincinnati zookeeper after a child fell into the cage last year.

In the game you run around as Harambe catching food for points with the hope of getting a high score. However, if you touch a child the game ends after the gorilla is shot on screen by a zookeeper.

The programmer of the game, Tyler Saling, is hoping to take the game worldwide.

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Harambe was shot and killed at the Cincinnati Zoo in May 2016 after a child entered the gorilla’s cage.

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“It’s cool, it’s fun to produce something that people enjoy, it does validate my work and I want to continue that,” Saling said.

Saling has been working on the game in his free time for over a year under the name “Digital Berzerk.” He has also partnered with his friend Zack and Spacebar Arcade in Boise.

He told ABC 6 he hopes to sell the game on the app store, Xbox and Steam. Saling said the goal is for the game to be online and ready for people to download by February.

As expected, the game has started some controversy with some calling the game offensive. One gamer, Keith Breon, told ABC 6 he thinks the game is “too lifelike.”

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“Other arcade games are fictional, but this one did happen,” Breon said.

Saling said he made the game to express his dislike for zoos and wasn’t trying to offend people.

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“I think someone who is ultimately offended by this game may need to question themselves a little bit and maybe question their morals,” said Saling. “Why am I offended by a pixelized gorilla being shot?”

The programmer said “Harambe Kong” will be the first in a trilogy of games.

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