You may recall his game I Get This Call Every Day. Essentially you play as David himself as he works his day job (though it’s not any more) as a phone operator for the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA). You answer a call from a complete dimwit and try to deal with their problem, yet they end up being a right fuss and completely incompetent at doing just about anything. You can attempt to co-operate with them or you could just go ape shit at them and most likely be fired…in the game. It’s a simulation, sort of, as you go through all the proceedings that David used to every day.
But let’s just make this one point very, very, crystal clear:
Got that? And no, I’m not going to calm down because the National Revenue Minister, Gail Shea, ended up seeing the game according to this article, and she wasn’t “amused” by it. The result? David has now lost his job there.
— David S Gallant (@davidsgallant) January 29, 2013
So this is what happened, from what I can gather, as David refused to comment on the whole situation, so more firm details aren’t yet available. Gail Shea sent the Commissioner of Revenue at CRA, Andrew Treusch, to “investigate” the game and to make sure that no confidential taxpayer information was compromised. Fair enough, but did I mention the game was entirely fictional and just based on true events? With that being the case, you might think that they wouldn’t find anything in this investigation that compromised anyone’s privacy. There’s NOTHING in the game that should cause them to think that is the case.
Regardless of if they found anything that they deem a risk to someone’s privacy, they’ve now fired David, and there’s nothing we can do about it. Some have theorized that perhaps depicting this soulless place of work as the misery that it actually is inside a game scares them. Obviously, they don’t want that bad rep going around, not like it didn’t exist anyway, but I can assure them that they look a million times more demonic than before. And I have no idea what the following quotation is about – it was written to The Star about the game by the Minister’s communications director, Clarke Olsen:
“The Minister considers this type of conduct offensive and completely unacceptable.”
And you, Gail Shea – I find what you’ve caused just now entirely offensive and completely unacceptable.
Yeah, okay, I’ll level with you – David hated that job, as he made clear to me previously, so “woo, freedom” and all. But the man has to pay rent, and I’m sure we all know how much of a shit that can be. If you want to help out, you can do as others are doing and go and purchase I Get This Call Every Day and also vote it up on Greenlight (you never know).
Others might be taking a different approach, as discussions of a Canadian Revenue Agency Appreciation game jam are fluttering about on Twitter. Mike Bithell has even gone and written up a little proposal on his Tumblr.
This world, man, this bloody world…