“Golden Girls” Star Bea Arthur Gets Her Own Video Game, “Busy Bea”

Screen Shot 2014-03-19 at 5.15.33 PMWe miss Bea Arthur something awful, but artist Mike Denison has a way to help us reconnect with the beloved sitcom queen. Launched today, Busy Bea is a new game for the iPhone born out of Denison’s BeaADay project. It uses hand-drawn art emulating classic 8-bit games and a sidescrolling format similar to Flappy Bird.

Why a game devoted to Bea Arthur?

“To me, Bea and her works, from Maude to The Golden Girls have always represented a push for change,” Denison told Huffington Post. “Those shows were insanely progressive, especially for the times that they were on, tackling such issues as abortion and gay marriage. I would say that that sort of television helped plant the seeds for the progress we are seeing today.”

Busy Bea is available for free on iTunes.


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