Did Elon Musk secretly make this video game?
A simple, new browser game called MTA Country (by Everyday Arcade) offers a highly pro-business solution to repair the beleaguered New York City subway system: hand over its management to private interests
The game, which plays like a metro-thematic, endless runner, literally spells it out in the game. If you drive a single subway car along a railroad track, you collect old, now defunct subway tokens and a series of letters that together symbolize "PRIVATIZE".
The basic premise of the game puts you in the shoes of Gregg T., a living meme and NYPD lawyer with a questionable story about how to get the subway to work. Two smiling guys named Andrew and Bill ̵
As you play, the subway car always moves forward by itself. (So it's nothing like the actual NYC subway that stops frequently and without warning.) You Click on the screen to jump, avoiding obstacles like pits and tracking fire.
There's even a wink-and-you-miss-it nod to New York's beloved Pizza Rat. Short playing time and generous checkpoints make it easy to "beat" this game.
When you do that, a message is waiting. Once you "privatize" the "E", the game greets you with a triumphant message: "HYPERLOOP UNLOCKED!" Hyperloop is a proposed transport solution developed by a team of two Musk companies: Tesla and SpaceX.
The game does not make a point so subtle that the New York subway system is more troublesome than repairing and maintaining. A private interest such as allowing Hyperloop to take control of the situation could be a positive step in the long term.
Whether you agree with the underlying message or not, the game itself is a sweet waste of time. You can now play it on mtacountry.info.