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26th Sep 2022

Jeremy Corbyn plays ‘Doom’ mod that lets players re-kill Margaret Thatcher

Charlie Herbert

Jeremy Corbyn plays Thatcher's techbase

The game’s creator shared pictures of Corbyn giving it a go

Jeremy Corbyn has tried his hand at a video game mod that lets players re-kill Margaret Thatcher in the form of a demonic villain.

Created by Jim Purvis, Thatcher’s Techbase is a modded version of Doom and pits players against the former prime minister.

The game was shown off at The World Transformed, a festival of ““radical politics, art and culture” taking place in Liverpool until Tuesday (September 27).

And it seems that Corbyn couldn’t resist trying it out.

Purvis took to Twitter to share pictures of the former Labour leader playing the arcade game, and said that – perhaps unsurprisingly – he “liked the game.”

An Arcade Edition for Thatcher’s Techbase has debuted at the festival to raise money for Living Rent, an organisation that campaigns for “safe, secure and affordable housing for everyone.”

Developed in 2021, the game challenges players with grabbing “a high score against CyberThatcher’s hordes on real arcade hardware.” Purvis made the game free to play so that he isn’t profiting from such a controversial political figure, but the game website encourages players to make a donation to charities such as the Hillsborough Justice CampaignStonewall, or the Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation.

Last year, Purvis told NME why he decided to make Thatcher a demonic villain in his mod.

He said: “I’m from a town called Coatbridge – just outside Glasgow – that was badly affected by Thatcher’s infamous policies on heavy industry and social housing in the 1980s.

“I was born the year Thatcher left office, but her presence was felt throughout my childhood and even into my twenties and thirties.

“Almost everyone I know was affected by the decisions of the Thatcher government in some way or another, and we’re still seeing her ghost all over the place in our current socio-political situation.

“She was a satanic figure in Scottish culture well before I turned her into a cybernetic demon.”

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