Relieve stress with Trumpiñata, a Donald Trump piñata app

Stressed by Donald Trump's offensive views about Mexicans? Transform him into a piñata and whack away.

ezgif-2339130668It's part toy, part political cartoon: Indies Alejandro "Aquma" Quan-Madrid and Arjun "Archie" Prakash have created an iOS and Android app that envisions Donald Trump, known immigrant-hater, as a piñata you can whack to produce candy.

"I'm half Chinese and half Mexican, and I feel like the crazy shit Trump says really demonizes both of my people," Aquma writes to me in an email. "Seeing as how physical Donald Trump piñatas were popular in Mexican communities throughout the country, we wondered why no digital version existed yet. So then we made one."

The game allows you to collect coins, candy and unlockable piñata accessories in what I'll elect to interpret as a considered parody of video games that are as empty, insulting and capitalistic as Trump's ideas. It's part of Aquma's USC Master's Thesis, as is Code Glitches Get Money, a game that juxtaposes the optimistic visual language of Sonic the Hedgehog with the concept of student loan debt, maybe to make a point about design education.

Arjun "Archie" Prakash was part of the team that made the bizarre and remarkable Sonic Dreams Collection earlier this year.

Get Trumpiñata, free on the App Store and Google Play, here.


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  1. An adult crying on the internet is sad.

  2. And a presidential candidate. Did you know that presidential candidates often attract vitriol and satire?

  3. I think you might not understand the history of piñatas. Making piñata effigies of political figures has a history in Mexico and I don't think any case can be made for a link between that a real violence, or real threats to the political figures in question. It can be likened to political cartoons.

    You said it was only okay because he was a white man, but Mexicans make piñatas of their own non-white political leaders, and at least one maker of popular Trump piñatas is going to start rolling out Hilary Clinton piñatas as well. Being the subject of piñata-based-"violence" is a result of being a well known politician, particularly one who is unpopular among Mexicans. You were wrong that it has anything to do with whiteness or maleness.

  4. Well, it is differentiated by the fact that it is explicitly a pinata, and that when you break parts of it candy comes out. The Sarkeesian violence simulator which, as I understand it, "rewarded" players with an increasingly bloody and bruised image of her face.

    Both games were made as statements. One is an expression of anger and frustration at a presidential candidate's policies. The other was an attempt to intimidate a media critic by alluding to real threats of violence against her. I don't think the comparison between the two makes any sense at all. Criticisms of presidential candidates are not only allowed, but encouraged in democracy, and they can take any form short of actual threats or violence (especially in the US with it's fairly extreme interpretations of free speech).

    I'm not sure if you play other video games that have violence or violent images in them. I'd be interested in what you think the difference is. Is it that the violence is targeted towards an identifiable individual in real life? If so, what can we make of the fact that this violence is clearly targeted not at that individual but at a paper mache model full of candy?

  5. Okay, there's your problem.

    You can't possiblity equate the imagery in this Trump game:

    With the imagery in this: (spoilered for trigger warning)

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