CNN has a report out today concerning a video game that the Russians are said to have released just prior to the 2016 elections. Called “Hiltendo” (a portmanteau formed from Hillary and Nintendo), the game consisted (or consists — presumably it’s still out there floating around somewhere in the either) of three levels:
Level 1: How many emails can Hillary delete.
Level 2: How much money can Hillary get from Arab states.
Level 3: How far can Hillary throw the constitution.
It’s hard to say what the Russians had in mind, if in fact the report is accurate. Was it a way of dumbing down Clinton’s well-documented nefarious activities for those who somehow missed them despite their prominence in the news of the day?
We’ll probably never know, though leave it to CNN to treat this as another serious breach of the American electoral system by a foreign power. In the clip below, investigative reporter Jose Pagliery asserts:
[The game] shows just how far Russians are willing to go to meddle in our domestic affairs. I mean, most people think government propaganda looks uncool. But the reason Russian propaganda works — the reason their disinformation campaign works — is because they understand Americans, and they know how to subvert our system.
HILARIOUS: The Russians made a video game called HILTENDO: Level 1: how many emails can Hillary delete: Level 2: how much money can Hillary get from Arab states: Level 3: how far can Hillary throw the constitution: I love those Russians! pic.twitter.com/KLOaTZaS21
— GITMO 🇺🇸 (@President1Trump) March 9, 2018
Pagliery never gets around to explaining which facets of the game he believes spread “disinformation.” From where I sit, it looks more like a hands-on documentary than a game.