BP Offshore Oil Drilling Board Game Has Unfortunate Implications

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BP Offshore Oil Drilling Board Game Has Unfortunate Implications

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I'm sure that forty years ago, someone at British Petroleum thought that an offshore oil rig board game was a great idea.

There are moments in life where someone just has to shrug and say, "It seemed like a good idea at the time." Everyone goes through them, though some are of greater magnitude than others. For instance, it's probably a good bet that when one of the higher-ups at BP suggested cutting corners on safety measures at the Deepwater Horizons oil rig to cut down on costs, people agreed that it seemed like a good idea ... at the time.

And speaking of BP, it seems that the recent tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico has spurred interest in a "rare" and "obscure" officially-licensed BP board game from the 1970s called Offshore Oil Strike. In the game (complete with surprisingly ominous box art), player must manage their own offshore oil rigs to rake in the big bucks while being wary of "hazard cards" that could spell doom. Like, for instance, this one:

"Blow-out! Rig damaged. Oil slick clean-up costs. Pay $1 million."

Considering that BP has spent an estimated $3 billion (1.9 billion) since April fighting the actual oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, I think those numbers need to be slightly revised somewhat, don't you?

The game itself apparently was a flop at the time - hence its obscurity - but thanks to BP's modern-day notoriety in causing one of the worst man-made natural disasters of all time, is now showing up on eBay. One can only imagine that BP wishes that this game, like so much else, would just disappear forever beneath the waves.

Oh well, seemed like a good idea at the time, yeah?

(Metro UK via Gizmodo)

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Considering that BP has spent an estimated $3 billion (1.9 billion) since April fighting the actual oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, I think those numbers need to be slightly revised somewhat, don't you?

Well, inflation since then should be considered.

Why are you taking this so seriously anyway? Its just some random boardgame.

Wow. neither the game, nor the offshore drilling rigs used by BP have been updated in over 30 years.

Mmm... This irony taste great!

It was 30 years ago, I doubt they planned it knwoing there would be a major ecological disaster 30 years later.

I started reading this article with the absolute certainty that the product in question was a joke... and this is apparently real and not fictional. Now my brain hurts!

Funny aneurysm moment. There may be someone at BP now going "Owww, my pride".

And I'm sure a Toyota has sped up and wrecked in Gran Turismo at one time or another.

Besides, everyone knows the boss of 70's drilling games was King Oil:
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That's kind of hilarious in that tragic, oh-no-not-the-gulls kinda way. I want to go find this on ebay now, and play it with my family over a nice seafood dinner :P

So thats what they've been using to train themselves all these years!

Hey, wait a second, that board game's not right. That's the European edition!

Now with the optional ruleset of "draw a hazard card every 15 seconds"!

I think I'd like to see a mashup of this board game and http://fakescience.tumblr.com/post/576451712/how-do-we-get-oil

It sold for 50, now if only BP had kept hold of several dozen-million copies...

I think this is the result of a plea of some low-level worker who, gifted with the ability to see the future, anxiously tried to warn the world of the impending doom. BP executives turned his warning into a silly boardgame because they were bored in between making offensive amounts of money and cutting safety corners.

That is ironically-tragically-amusant, though I also hear that DC comics is also covering the disaster aswell.

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Marmooset:
And I'm sure a Toyota has sped up and wrecked in Gran Turismo at one time or another.

Besides, everyone knows the boss of 70's drilling games was King Oil:
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That actually looks like fun! o.o

OT : Heh...if someone at BP Executive Team saw that I am sure more than a couple red faces would be showing!

Marmooset:
Besides, everyone knows the boss of 70's drilling games was King Oil:

Unless there was an option to set the ocean on fire, I'm going to have to remain skeptical of this "boss" status.

I work on the basic
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strategy, where the Environmentalists are perfectly happy with my oil drilling.

Ever since their last leader had that dreadful industrial accident.

I don't think we ever found most of his body.

Ah well, profits life goes on.

Ha hah hah....damn this is funny.

Well, using a quick on-line inflation calculator, the 1,000,000 in 1975 would only be 3,943,186.08 in 2009 dollars. (no calculator for 2010 until next year). The $3 Billion would be worth $760,806,094.52 in 1975. I tried to find their IS for that year to see if they made enough to cover this, but no such luck. Anyways, someone could have a lot of fun playing this and making fun of all of the current goings on at the firm.

I misread the title and thought this was gonna be about an indie game that I saw getting some news backlash last night.

...because a game about cleaning up the oil spill is aparently "in poor taste".

the game looks like fun also
it is a good idea at the time
but it is kind of awkward irony

I find it very disappointing that they were apparently using that board game as employee training material.

I love the delicious irony though.

That's absolutely hilarious. They should provide those for free to all of us affected by the tragedy.

That way, I can play my complimentary copy of "Offshore Oil Strike" rather than go to the beach.

Think that that game was made to encourage people to apply for a job there. For the winners of this game, it was easy streat from there on....

The DSM:
Mmm... This irony taste great!
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i must wonder what does irony taste like?
it is like a chocolate chip cookie or more like creme brule?

dex-dex:

The DSM:
Mmm... This irony taste great!
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i must wonder what does irony taste like?
it is like a chocolate chip cookie or more like creme brule?

Maybe it tastes like steel?

I've been beaten to it, but 'Ohh the bitter, bitter irony'.

Oh that 20-20 hindsight...

I'd put in a more in-depth comment, but I can't think straight due to me laughing so hard.

I know, your disappointed, but eh, it happens.

*continues to laugh*

Oh I see so the oil spill was actually an obscure advertising campaign to better market their board game to the public!
Bureaucratic GENIUS!

BP can go fuck themselves, and when they say they are ALL helping, why the FUCK isn't the CEO helping with the mess, or the contractors?! FUCK THEM! They have fucked up the world PERMANENTLY. Although, it's always been buttfucked since the Industrial Age, but THIS, this just shows how much oil we use as a country and as a world. If we are to stop this sort of shit from happening than we need to STOP using oil in my opinion, cause every day it gets hotter. I blame the fat, corrupt businessmen.

Technically it's a different company since they are no longer called British Petroleum , they are just called BP, the BP is no longer short for anything.

Why you guys calling the company British Petroleum now? It's name, the name of the company, the company's name, is BP. Not British Petroleum. That was the OLD name, but seeing as though it is now purely an American-owned company, it is called BP. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bp

We wash our hands of that bloody company. Stop calling it British.

As a final bile-spewing fact of unfriendliness, might I remind you all the the top 3 largest oil-spills in history are caused by United States companies (including the US Airforce). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oil_spill#Largest_oil_spills

Great article by-and-by, it makes me wanna get my hands on that boardgame! Like monopoly, only with slightly more environmental damage :P

EDIT: Looks like El Poncho beat me to it _

UtopiaV1:
Why you guys calling the company British Petroleum now? It's name, the name of the company, the company's name, is BP. Not British Petroleum. That was the OLD name, but seeing as though it is now purely an American-owned company, it is called BP. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bp

We wash our hands of that bloody company. Stop calling it British.

As a final bile-spewing fact of unfriendliness, might I remind you all the the top 3 largest oil-spills in history are caused by United States companies (including the US Airforce). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oil_spill#Largest_oil_spills

Great article by-and-by, it makes me wanna get my hands on that boardgame! Like monopoly, only with slightly more environmental damage :P

EDIT: Looks like El Poncho beat me to it _

Ummm. I don't think America has the number 2 spot.

UtopiaV1:
Why you guys calling the company British Petroleum now? It's name, the name of the company, the company's name, is BP. Not British Petroleum. That was the OLD name, but seeing as though it is now purely an American-owned company, it is called BP. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bp

We wash our hands of that bloody company. Stop calling it British.

As a final bile-spewing fact of unfriendliness, might I remind you all the the top 3 largest oil-spills in history are caused by United States companies (including the US Airforce). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oil_spill#Largest_oil_spills

Great article by-and-by, it makes me wanna get my hands on that boardgame! Like monopoly, only with slightly more environmental damage :P

EDIT: Looks like El Poncho beat me to it _

"A multinational oil company ("oil major"), BP is the United Kingdom's largest corporation, with its head office in St James's, City of Westminster, London"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Petroleum

And British Petroleum only officially changed its name to BP around the turn of the century. I used it in the lede because when the game was published, the name of the company was, indeed, British Petroleum ;)

Oh the irony.

Despite it's age, it still is relevant even today, in 2010. The game certainly looks appealing, I think those who are power-hungry and money-grabbing might win this game until one of dem cards come out, bankrupting them in an instant.

I will debate with my friends to see if this boardgame is worth our time and trouble.

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