Michigan State Professor’s Video Game Raises Controversy, Safety Concerns

An energy industry group says a video game created by a Michigan college professor can put lives in danger because you can zap imaginary oil pipelines.

In the game, players control a figure that shoots lightning at pipelines and other machinery.

It’s available on a website outlining steps people can take to oppose real pipelines.

Michigan State University assistant professor, Elizabeth Lapensee, created the game.

She says it’s supposed to be artistic and educational, and doesn’t support eco-terrorism.

Energy builders, ADC group, says the game is a “taxpayer-funded political message,” and says the game supports illegal behavior and could put lives at risk.