Hippocratic Oaf: Surgeon Simulator Tackles Trump

When I first saw the trailer for the new Surgeon Simulator DLC [official site] I felt a bit queasy. You can watch the trailer below before reading on and, like me, you may end up thinking that Inside Donald Trump is about deciding whether or not you’d kill the possible president if he were lying unconscious before you. Maybe I played too many of those horrid little celebrity torture simulators that used to pop up on Newgrounds back in the day. Turns out, the DLC is actually about deciding whether to give Trump a heart of stone or a heart of gold.

Presumably, you can just pull his guts out though and maybe replace them with silly string?

All the fake blood and guts in the world are unlikely to make me feel uncomfortable, and I have no love for Trump, but any game that depicts a recreation of a real person suffering for the amusement of the player does make me a little squeamish, I must admit. But then, this all seems to be in good humour, with the heart transplant being the central gag rather than a swift injection of something foul.

Bossa have this to say:

Love him or hate him, you cannot ignore him, and now, you get to operate on him. Inspired by this year’s most talked about political event, we invite you to cast your vote in our FREE update for Surgeon Simulator: Anniversary Edition on Steam. Make your choice, Donald Trump: stone-hearted villain, or gold-hearted hero?

If you don’t have the Anniversary Edition of the game, it’s available for £8.99 or upgrade from Surgeon Simulator 2013 for £1.99.

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67 Comments

  1. MrFinnishDude says:

    I dont see this any different that all the Trump piñatas out there.
    Just as natural as politics itself.

    • Adam Smith says:

      My squeamishness is more an observation than a criticism. And it applies to far too many things about politics, sadly.

  2. jonahcutter says:

    Interesting.

    Funny thing is Clinton’s negatives are almost as high as Trump’s. If Trump wasn’t in the race, she would be the single most disliked and distrusted candidate by far. And if you know her history of foreign policy decisions in places like Honduras, Libya and Syria, you know how profoundly evil those decisions were. A lot of powerless people died, and are dying, because of her Kissengerian foreign policy approach. Look up Berta Carceres, a Honduran environmental activist. Murdered in her own home for opposing the oligarchs Clinton backed in the right-wing coup several years ago.

    Then there’s Clinton’s racially and gender divisive presidential campaigns in 2008 and this year. Her racist dog-whistling against Obama in 2008 is straight out of the Lee Atwater playbook. Pure Southern Strategy. And it was her campaign that first floated the “Obama is a muslim” lie during the primary. Yeah, eternal outrage over fearmongering and stereotyping of muslims isn’t so eternal amongst some progressives. Not when it’s their girl doing it.

    She’s done a lot of very very evil things. And doesn’t show the capacity to understand they are evil. She counts them successes. So, expect more if she becomes president.

    Yet the collective freakout if this was her laying on the table would be volcanic. And she could use the heart just as much as Trump could.

    • Kabukiman74 says:

      That current campaign is scarily familiar to that Simpsons episode, where 2 evil aliens, Kang and Kodos, replace the 2 candidates. When unmasked by Homer, they say “You’ll have to vote one of us, you have a 2 party system.” One from the audience says “We should vote vor an independent candidate. “, to which the aliens return “Yes, if you wanna waste your vote.”

      Finally one of them is elected and earth turned into an alien workcamp. When confronted about that by Marge, Homer just says “don’t blame me, I voted for Kodos.”

      I bet this is exactly what will happen in the end – both, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are horribe yet one of them will be elected president. And afterwards no one will admit being responsible by giving their vote to whoever won…

      • SaintAn says:

        That’s really how I feel about this race. Replace aliens with corporations, and alien work camp with corporate work camps and you have this election exactly. No matter who wins corporations will win and the people will lose. We’re getting disturbingly close to being a corporate run dystopia, if we’re not one already.

        No idea why people didn’t support Bernie instead of that bigoted pandering monster Hillary. Oh right, because most Americans are stupid unthinking sheep.

        • derbefrier says:

          just couldn’t help yourself huh had to take that jab at Americans for having a different governing philosophy but lets pretend Europe has 0 problems right?

          and Bernie is not the savior millennials makes him out to be. the young and naive always get drawn in by the promise of free stuff not understanding it wil still cost them in the end.

          • RabbitIslandHermit says:

            Or, y’know, maybe millenials think paying for nice things is worth the cost.

          • crépuscule says:

            What cost? A higher rate of taxation?

        • Ancient Evil says:

          Sheeple! Corporate drones! I’m getting flashbacks to my high school years and a certain style of obnoxious teenagers, here.

        • RabbitIslandHermit says:

          Oh FFS, I proudly caucused for Bernie and against Clinton, but if you really think she’s even in the same universe of bad as Trump you need to get your head checked.

          • Dashed says:

            HAHAHA I literally created an account to respond to your youthful ignorance….and trust me, it’s showing! You are exactly the good little government drone the public education system is creating, your gullibility is shoooooooooooooooooocking. But don’t worry, I’m embarrassed for you. Honest to God you can’t be older than 22, eh, maybe 20 but if you are……..I’m feel so sorry for you.

      • derbefrier says:

        well at least we will be able to defeat them as long as we can find a board with a nail in it.

        • Sgt_Moose says:

          You fools! Soon enough you’ll make a board with a nail in it big enough to destroy you all!

          On another note, Douglas Adams once said.

          “It is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it… anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.”

    • Blackcompany says:

      Thanks for saying this. Very fairly and reasonably stated.

    • iucounu says:

      Basically I don’t care who’s elected President as long as it’s not Donald Trump. Hillary’s bad in lots of ways, but Trump is an extinction-level event. I would take George W Bush again over Trump, and I never thought I could possibly say or think that.

      • Tuor says:

        How amusing. I feel the same way about the Shrew. Trump is too self-absorbed to be particularly dangerous. The Shrew is a zealot, and thus far more scary to me.

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          gritz says:

          “The Shrew”?

          Give me a break.

        • GWOP says:

          Maybe you should kidnap, starve and humiliate her till she learns her place in the world as a woman!

        • TheAngriestHobo says:

          “Too self-absorbed to be particularly dangerous”?

          How do you even rationalize this? You can’t possibly believe that Trump is paying for his own campaign out of pocket just to sit in the Oval Office enjoying the view. He’s looking to reshape the world in his own image – it’s pretty clearly the case of a self-styled Alexander looking for more worlds to conquer.

          I’m absolutely incredulous that anyone can honestly believe that Trump is the safer bet. If he does even half of what he’s promised during the campaign, we’re talking about the end of the nice, relatively stable hegemonic world we’ve enjoyed since the end of the Cold War, in favor of the re-emergence of spheres of influence and a multipolar, nuclear-armed planet. That takes us a hell of a lot closer to the abyss.

        • Ancient Evil says:

          “The Shrew?” Yeah, that’s not a gendered insult at all!

          And where does this “zealot” thing come from? I thought the line on Clinton was that she’s a consummate opportunist with no real convictions besides getting elected. You can’t have it both ways.

          You want a real ideological “zealot”, well, there’s still one in this race (for some inexplicable reason).

        • Beefenstein says:

          I suspect that you think fluoride in the water is a commie plot to make your dick shrink.

        • Capt. Bumchum McMerryweather says:

          I’m just going to add to the above comments and say “the shrew?” Are you fucking kidding me? Next you’ll be complaining because the niggers still have the vote, holy shit.

      • jonahcutter says:

        Tell it to the people of Libya. She bombed the hell out of that country, publicly laughed about killing Qaddafi, and strolled away without a care for the bloody chaos she left behind. And she hasn’t had a peep to say about it since.

        Voting for Clinton is privilege of the highest order, as the burden of her bumbling, bloody-minded foreign policy will be borne by already oppressed peoples. Certainly not by the people voting for her.

        Hell, she was the hawk in the Obama Administration arguing for a full-blown invasion of Syria. People have no clue how bad she is. Or they do and willfully ignore it.

        Slap her ass on this operating table right alongside Trump.

        • Ancient Evil says:

          Clinton never bombed Libya. She’s not the commander in chief, Obama is. Yes, she was in favor of it, and yes, Libya is a godawful mess. But don’t obfuscate the command responsibility by pretending like it was Clinton who ultimately gave the order.

          And I’d piss on Qaddafi’s grave, too. This bizarre moral myopia where some people are able to condemn the likes of Clinton as a bloodthirsty tyrant and eulogize the likes of of Qaddafi as a martyr is truly breathtaking.

          • Ancient Evil says:

            I forgot to mention that Libya was a NATO operation backed by the United Nations Security Council, anyway, not a unilateral US one, so if we’re pointing fingers here, they should be aimed all over the place, not just at one specific US politician with no military authority.

        • RabbitIslandHermit says:

          …I’m guessing you have the privilege of not losing your health insurance if Trump is elected.

      • iucounu says:

        This really bothers me.

        Trump has no policies; he has a suite of often-contradictory slogans that express a truncated emotional range from bitterness to anger. There are people rationalising this as ‘oh, he’s a deal-maker, these are opening bids’, but that’s not really what we’re seeing.

        You know who loves Trump? Nazis. Actual, honest-to-god Nazis. The kind of people who have invented a Chrome extension to highlight Jewish names in web pages, and who bombard people who disagree with Trump with vile antisemitic memes, and who are voting Trump purely to express hatred. They are loving the way he enables them.

        Trump is running a fascist campaign. An actual, honest-to-God, fascist campaign. He says America is no longer great, because it has been stabbed in the back by traitors, and invaded by aliens. He will restore greatness by purging the traitors and expelling the aliens. He openly threatens journalists who write unflattering things about him, and judges who rule against him in court.

        Woody fuckin’ Guthrie wrote a song about Old Man Trump, Trump’s racist dad, 65 years ago. That a rich guy called Trump is the most awful, most racist asshole in New York has been true for at least as long. Here’s Donald, now, calling Mexicans rapists, and saying we should kill the innocent families of terrorists, and being keen on torture.

        He’s completely despicable, and if you elect Trump, or allow him to be elected, you’re electing a fascist. Hillary Clinton is not a fascist. She may well be completely despicable, yes, but she’s not a fascist. And the next president may well get to choose two or three new Supreme Court Justices.

        I like Bernie Sanders; he doesn’t seem to have much of a foreign policy, and the NRA seems not to loathe him, which is worrying, but he seems like a good guy. If he doesn’t win the nomination, and it seems like short of Clinton being indicted or something, he won’t, I hope he endorses her, and I hope his supporters vote for her. The alternative is – I can’t think of a worse alternative.

        • Ancient Evil says:

          Oh my god, so much yes. You hit the nail on the head. Now admittedly, I never was much of a Sanders fan, but what has truly soured me on his movement is precisely this vehement refusal to put aside their differences and make their peace with the Clinton camp. You don’t have to like it, just do it.

          But they seem to loathe Clinton and the DNC more than they do Trump, and they’ve deluded themselves with this persecution complex where they think they’ve been cheated despite Clinton having millions more votes. It’s just pure toxicity at this point, and I hold Sanders personally responsible for doing nothing to rein this in.

          Whatever it was in the beginning, all I’m seeing now from the Sanders camp is tearing down their own party and clinging to conspiracy theories. Some are even saying they’ll vote for Trump. I can’t have any respect for that.

        • Malarious says:

          I’d take a fascist over Hillary any day. The ideal leader is one who will do what’s best for their country and countrymen. The President of the United States is not beholden to the rest of the world, he/she is beholden to the American people, and improving the quality of life for the average American should be their number one priority.

          If that means restricting immigration, turning away refugees, and using the most powerful military in the world to enforce trade deals that benefit Americans above all else, then great. That’s how it should be.

          Hillary’s a no-go because she seems to think free trade is a good thing, supports the TPP, and will never in a million years place the priorities of the average citizen over the priorities of the corporations that are lining her pocketbooks.

          Donald Trump may be a self-obsessed narcissist, but he wants his name in the history books for the right reasons. I’ll kneel before a would-be Alexander, a Ghengis Khan, a Caesar, before I cast a single ballot for transnational corporations shipping jobs overseas and exploiting the common American worker.

          • iucounu says:

            Good heavens. OK. I shall refuse Godwin the satisfaction.

          • onionman says:

            @iucounu

            Because putting your own national self-interest first makes you LITERALLY HITLER.

            Protip: people are tired of this kind of lazy slander and engaging in it is only going to help Trump.

          • kaliper says:

            “Never forget” used to be the saying when it came to the horrors of fascism before and during WWII, but a ton of people today are legitimately shouting “fascism was a great idea, the end result of fascist regimes in history was totally awesome, let’s do it all over again, our nation must be purified hell yeah” and it’s super gross

          • iucounu says:

            @onionman

            Well, no, that wasn’t my point. I mentioned a number of ways in which Trump is literally running a fascist campaign. This isn’t just lazily calling someone Hitler because they’re a bit right wing or a bit selfish about national interests, it’s calling a fascist a fascist. How is Trump importantly different from that?

            If you’ll say “I’ll kneel before a would-be Alexander, a Ghengis Khan, a Caesar”, who else will you kneel before, just because they promise to get revenge on all the people you feel bullied by?

            Mike Rosen wrote a poem about this in 2014, back when Trump was still largely a joke:

            link to michaelrosenblog.blogspot.co.uk:

            “I sometimes fear that
            people think that fascism arrives in fancy dress
            worn by grotesques and monsters
            as played out in endless re-runs of the Nazis.

            Fascism arrives as your friend.
            It will restore your honour,
            make you feel proud,
            protect your house,
            give you a job,
            clean up the neighbourhood,
            remind you of how great you once were,
            clear out the venal and the corrupt,
            remove anything you feel is unlike you…

            It doesn’t walk in saying,
            “Our programme means militias, mass imprisonments, transportations, war and persecution.”

          • Beefenstein says:

            “I’d take a fascist over Hillary any day.”

            Ah, authoritarianism: the personality trait which leads you to say ‘I want a failure… but a really STRONG failure’.

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      gritz says:

      The “she supported the Honduran coup” canard is one of the biggest overblown lies I’ve ever seen the American left trot out.

      How dare Clinton not use the United States military to reinstate an ousted leader. How dare she not cut off economic assistance to one of the poorest countries in the world because of its political instability.

      Trump and Clinton are not equivalent. This ridiculously simplistic line of thought gave us 8 years of George W. Bush.

      • jonahcutter says:

        Bullshit. As Secretary of State she sided and empowered the coup forces. She refused to back the rightfully elected President of Honduras that the coup forces physically removed form the country. She could of used the immense power of the U.S. foreign policy apparatus to against the coup forces. She chose to side with them.

        The results being a full-blown takeover of by the wealthiest and most right-wing intent on profiting no matter who stands in their way.

        That you try to play this down is disgusting. Go to Honduras and tell your bullshit to the indigenous peoples being forced out of their homes and murdered if they dare speak out. The perpetrators being by the very forces Clinton backed. A situation she personally cites as a successful example of her foreign policy philosophy.

        She’s basically Kissinger 2.0. And if the Democrats choose her, they’ve become the Party of Kissinger.

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          gritz says:

          Her refusal to play interventionist and wield “the immense power of the U.S. foreign policy apparatus” is somehow Kissinger-esque. Good to know.

        • TheAngriestHobo says:

          You can’t dictate foreign policy for a sovereign nation-state, let alone a superpower and arguable global hegemon, based purely on traditional morality. People will die regardless of what you do, and you’ll be held directly responsible, either for getting involved, or for sitting on the sidelines. After all, people will say, you’re the one with the power, you should have intervened/known not to intervene. So what do you do, knowing people will despise you regardless? You act in your national self-interest.

          Realpolitik isn’t some vile philosophy invented by Satan to turn people away from their natural inclination to be awesome to each other. It’s a sober and rational system designed to understand and exercise control of the flow of power in the international arena. This control is essential to maintaining global stability, and in an age of increasingly proliferated nuclear weapons, the loss of that stability would be catastrophic. Hilary has demonstrated that she understands that. It’s unfortunate, however, that a significant portion of her electorate does not, and believe that it’s possible to be nice to all the people all the time always.

          • Ancient Evil says:

            Hear hear. The world is an awful place. Intervene, don’t intervene, either way, not even a superpower can change that. Not even one led by the smartest minds with the best of intentions, and given that political leadership usually falls far short of that bar, it’s hopeless to expect everything to be left smelling like roses.

      • Ancient Evil says:

        “Trump and Clinton are not equivalent. This ridiculously simplistic line of thought gave us 8 years of George W. Bush.”

        Yeah. “Bush, Gore, what’s the difference? Vote for Ralph Nader!” How quickly we forget.

        And that’s not even getting into the fact that when you look beyond the hindsight bias of knowing how the Bush presidency turned out, W. was indisputably more qualified and sane than Trump will ever be.

    • Ancient Evil says:

      Hmm. The Honduran “coup” was a little more nuanced than you’re portraying it as, which isn’t to deny that terrible things happened. Zelaya was just another crooked wannabe dictator who tried to shred the constitution, he doesn’t deserve much sympathy. And his opponents had an odd habit of ending up dead as well. But he was a leftist, and the left in the developed world has long had a soft spot for the Castros and Chavezes of the world, no matter how much political repression and economic ruin they bring, so I understand why many would see Zelaya as a hero.

      Also I find it interesting that Clinton is relentlessly being portrayed as racist from the left this election cycle, considering that her overwhelming advantage among racial minorities is the very reason she’s beating (beaten, really, but let’s not even go into that) Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination. I know the Bernie people like to whitesplain that away with a bunch of arguments on how said minorities are just a bunch of gullible dupes who don’t know what’s good for them, but the demographics don’t lie.

      • jonahcutter says:

        Apologist bullshit. Zelaya was not perfect. But he was the elected leader of Honduras, and the coup deposed him and installed a full-blown and open oligarchy. The oppression and murder has increased in magnitudes.

        link to democracynow.org

    • Sinjun says:

      Of course RPS has Trump supporters. Stay winning, gaming community. The dredges of the civilized world.

  3. aircool says:

    Is there one for Obama?

  4. Sin Vega says:

    I am CONSUMED with pun envy right now. Bastard.

  5. Barberetti says:

    Stop bringing games into our politics!

  6. MultiVaC says:

    And I thought he smelled bad on the outside…

  7. Auldman says:

    Clinton is a middle of the road Democrat. She’s as corporate friendly as the party generally has been for over thirty years. By the Way Saint Bernard of Sanders is not a lily-white non-interventionist either as he backed Clinton’s bombing of Serbia and signed off on the authorization of force against terrorists in the Bush era. He also voted for an act that called for regime change in Iraq in 1998 so he was for the removal of Saddam before he was against it. Bernie is a giant mountain of hypocritical crap.

    But the bottomline flower-children is sometimes you have to shoot at people in this world and sometimes innocents die. We bombed the hell out of France in 1944 and killed quite a lot of French as well as Germans but everyone likes Hitler being destroyed, right (if you answer no give yourself a tap real hard on your cranium).

    Trump is a white nationalist. Our version of Marine Le Pen. He represents an existential threat to the American Republic and the rest of the world. You bet I’ll take a corporate friendly mildly hawkish Democrat over a white nationalist fascist sob any day! We’ll survive Clinton and she might even pass a few bills we like. It’s questionable we survive Trump.

    • Auldman says:

      Oh and for a far-left critique of Bernie: link to counterpunch.org

    • Ancient Evil says:

      Yup.

    • A Wanderer says:

      Trump is way, way worse than Marine Le Pen. As a French, I can tell you that. I totally disagree with her, because her program is based on insane economic ideas (like abandonning the euro litteraly overnight) and what is just pure, unmitigated racism despite everything she could say, and she would only lead France to economic and social collapse. But at least, she has some experience. She comes from a family where almost everyone has or had a career in politics since two generations, she has already been elected in Parliament, etc…but Trump…I mean, from a French point of view, it’s just impossible to understand how people could think he might even be able to run the most powerful country in the world. He has litteraly nothing but his shocking statements. no political experience, not even a good businessman. I just can’t understand.

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    Nauallis says:

    So much for preferring to read RPS because it means I don’t have to hear about American politics (I’m American, and sick of it)… *sigh*

    • pepperfez says:

      I’m always intrigued by the commenters who, given even the flimsiest of pretexts, immediately launch into their campaign patter. Like, this is a video game site run by Brits. Why do you think your sales pitch is needed here?

      • Ancient Evil says:

        Why would you expect otherwise? This is an English language website, there are plenty of Americans here, as well as interested observers from other nations.

        The United States is deep in the throes of what is possibly the most hideous spectacle of an election in living memory. It’s a powder keg waiting to explode. A article with the words “Donald Trump” featuring a digital likeness of the man is all the spark it needs.

      • crépuscule says:

        Not exactly a flimsy pretext. This article concerns one of the most central figures in the current U.S. election cycle, a person who could potentially become the leader of the United States and pass legislature that could have effects around the world. To pretend that American politics don’t affect the politics of other countries is plainly disingenuous.

  9. BlackMageMario says:

    Turnback now, the comments are politically charged beyond reason.

    … unless this comment is at the bottom of the comment chain, in which case, go back in time and stop yourself from going to the comments.

    • TheAngriestHobo says:

      This is RPS. If you dislike absurd amounts of political diatribe mixed in with your games journalism, you might want to try a different site.

      • Sin Vega says:

        I find it deeply sad that RPS’s mild, primarily comical forays into political contextualising is considered “absurd amounts of political diatribe”. Games journalism really is the milkies of sops.

    • Buggery says:

      There’s nothing for it, we need to go back… Back, to the beginning of the comment chain.

      RPS can you please make the parent comment the featured comment please and thanks.

  10. Tayh says:

    Ah, American politics. Prime entertainment.

  11. renzollama says:

    Is that freakishly long arm with a baby hand their attempt at perspective? Terrifying…

    • morse says:

      Baby hand? That’s a perfectly nice hand. Nothing wrong with that hand. People say it’s normal.

    • phelix says:

      I’m sure it’s a stab at Donald Trump’s fingers, which are totally normally sized and not tiny at all. (Google “Donald Trump small fingers” if you think I’m talking bogus. This is a thing.)

  12. gbrading says:

    Nothing squeamish here at all. I’d play good money for some Margaret Thatcher DLC.

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    Qazinsky says:

    Honestly, it’s not a super great feeling of having to spectate this election that will affect the whole world with no say whatsoever as a non-american.

    Sure, people keep assuring us that Trump can’t win, he is too unlikeable for the swing voters and so on. But they said he would drop out early, no reason to take him serious. And when he started getting votes, no worries, no way he’ll be getting the nomination, some real Republican candidate will have the nomination in the end.

    Here we are, and I am really worried that he once again shall exceed what everyone says he can reasonably do.

  14. Eleriel says:

    whether he lives or dies… I lose.