DALLAS—A new video game called Tax Time! delivers a controversial message to gamers, that justice is served by crashing a plane into an IRS building.
"The person that made this game, obviously they're disturbed, but they at least have an outlet and this is their outlet," said Jenna Liston, a Dallas resident.
Liston says it's art imitating life. She may not agree with it, but she'd rather people vent online then follow in the footsteps of Joseph Stack. Stack is the man Austin Police say got so fed up with the IRS that he went on a rampage Thursday. They say he set fire to his home, then piloted a plane smack into the building that held 200 IRS employees. The deadly scenario plays out again and again on the website, newgrounds.com.
"IRS is just something that's necessary, so it seems like people that are going to that extent, it just seems ignorant," said Zach Johnston, another Dallas resident.
The game's creator, Falcon, claims to be a 24-year-old from Austin. He posted the video hours after the attack. Two days later, it's been viewed about 120,000 times.
Clint David, a local attorney, says the game is tasteless, but it's allowed under freedom of speech.
"You can't legislate good taste. You can't legislate sensitivity," David said. "To mimic and mock the death of innocent people like this is in my opinion is not the way to get your point across."
A lot of people who had seen news of the Austin attack were shocked the event was being mocked so soon.
"I don't think anything positive can definitely come from that, but I guess people have the freedom to do what they want. I disagree with it," said Geoff Duncan, who saw the video.
"There's a lot of games available for kids that have a lot of violence to it and that's the society we live in. That's the internet age, like it or not, that's where we are," David said.
By Saturday, more than 500 people had reviewed the game. Many gave it a 10 out of 10. Some called it "awesome" and "humorous." By the way, it's from the same creator of Balloon Boy Adventure.