Jesse Petrilla

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Jesse Petrilla
Born July 1983 (age 34–35)
Hollywood, California
Residence California
Alma mater California State University, Fullerton
B.S. Computer Science
Occupation Founder, President of Petrilla Technologies
Politician/Political Activist

Jesse Petrilla is an American businessman, politician, and activist. He started his business career in video game design in 2002, appearing on MSNBC [1][2] among other networks discussing his satirical video games. He was a regular guest on TechTV's "The Screensavers" in 2002 and 2003.[3] From 2004-2009 he served as Chairman of United American Committee, a non-profit organization he co-founded with Ted Hayes focusing on national security issues, and published articles on the subject as a contributor for Breitbart News[4] and FrontPage Magazine.[5][6][7][8] In 2012 he deployed to Afghanistan as an officer with the California Army National Guard.[9] In 2013, Petrilla founded a company manufacturing telecommunication infrastructure materials, as well as, an online news site for the telecommunication industry.[10][11]

Video games[edit]

Plunder & Pillage[edit]

Released at the end of 2001, Plunder & Pillage was Petrilla's first publicly released video game.[12] It was a pirate themed first person shooter, and was only 3 levels, released as a demo. The game was never completed, as Petrilla began working on Quest for Al-Qa'eda.[12]

Quest for Al-Qa'eda: The Hunt for Bin Laden[edit]

Released in early 2002, Quest for Al-Qa'eda was a first person shooter, developed independently by Petrilla as a Mod of the video game Duke Nukem 3D utilizing the Build Engine.[13] In the game, the player is tasked with destroying Osama Bin Laden and his forces.[14]

Released as a free download, and due to heavy media coverage, the game received over 2 million downloads over the span of approximately one year.[14] The reviews were mixed. When compared to commercial games, Quest for Al-Qa'eda received poor reviews, but earned points with critics solely for its comical aspects.[13][15]

Quest for Saddam[edit]

Released in May 14, 2003 by Petrilla Entertainment, during the buildup to the Iraq War, Quest for Saddam was a budget first-person shooter featuring Iraq's ex-leader as the target of the player's aggression. Due to its content, it received a rating of M for mature by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB).[16] The game was built on the platform of the Torque video game engine.

In 2006, an Al-Qa'eda linked group called the Global Islamic Media Front released a modification of Quest for Saddam, calling it Quest for Bush: The Night of Bush Capturing.[13][17] In commenting on the issue, Petrilla told the Washington Post, "They say imitation is the highest form of flattery. But I'm not flattered."[17]


Petrilla served as a California delegate to the 2008 Republican National Convention in Saint Paul, Minnesota.[18][19] Petrilla was elected in 2010 to the City Council of Rancho Santa Margarita, California, receiving 7,396 votes,[20] and served from 2010-2014. He ran unsuccessfully for the California State Assembly in 2014.

2014 California State Assembly[edit]

California's 73rd State Assembly district election, 2014
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Wendy Gabriella 16,420 27.8
Republican Bill Brough 16,365 27.7
Republican Jesse Petrilla 11,287 19.1
Republican Paul G. Glabb 8,353 14.2
Republican Anna Bryson 6,549 11.1
Total votes 58,974 100.0
General election
Republican Bill Brough 76,783 67.9
Democratic Wendy Gabriella 36,292 32.1
Total votes 113,075 100.0
Republican hold


Gun charges[edit]

On March 11, 2001, when Petrilla was 17 years old, he was arrested and charged with 14 Counts (12 Felony Counts) for his involvement in a brawl in which he fired multiple warning shots from a rifle. Petrilla plead No Contest to two of the counts and was sentenced to 240 days in jail by Judge James L. Roeder, and five years of formal probation for which he served three years. The charges were later reduced to misdemeanors and dismissed after Petrilla petitioned the court.[21]

U.C. Irvine campus cartoon controversy[edit]

On February 28, 2006, while head of United American Committee, Petrilla organized an event at the University of California, Irvine which displayed controversial Danish cartoons of the Islamic prophet Mohammad. The event was a panel discussion on the root causes of ongoing riots related to the cartoons which had been published by the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten. The event included panel speakers from Christian, Jewish, and Muslim backgrounds, and displayed anti-Semitic and anti-western cartoons from Middle-Eastern newspapers alongside the Danish cartoons of Mohammad. The event attracted hundreds of Muslim protesters and was harshly criticized by Muslim leaders who deem any depictions of their prophet to be offensive. It gained international exposure with global coverage on major news networks.[22][23][24][25][26]


  1. ^ "2002 interview for Quest for Al-Qa'eda video game" MSNBC, 2002
  2. ^ "2003 interview for Quest for Saddam video game" MSNBC, 2002
  3. ^ "Jesse Petrilla" IMDB
  4. ^ "Jesse Petrilla, Author at Breitbart", July 10, 2011
  5. ^ "My Trip to Kosovo and Bosnia" FrontPage Magazine, June 05, 2007
  6. ^ "My Visit to Egypt" FrontPage Magazine, April 15, 2008
  7. ^ "The Seeds of Liberalism" FrontPage Magazine, January 29, 2009
  8. ^ "Inside Egypt" FrontPage Magazine, January 21, 2011
  9. ^ "Rancho councilman heads to Afghanistan" Orange County Register, April 30, 2012
  10. ^
  11. ^
  12. ^ a b "Mods and Maps: Plunder & Pillage."" You Found a Secret Area!, March 20, 2013
  13. ^ a b c "Quest for Bush / Quest for Saddam: Content vs. Context" gameology, 2006
  14. ^ a b "Quest for Al-Qa'eda" IMDB
  15. ^ "[1]"
  16. ^ "[2]" IGN
  17. ^ a b "Way Radical, Dude" Washington Post, October 9, 2006
  18. ^ "Auburn Delegate Chats At RNC" KCRA, 2008
  19. ^ "California GOP names complete delegation to St. Paul convention" Los Angeles Times, July 28, 2008
  20. ^ "[3]"
  21. ^
  22. ^ "Campus Takes on Muhammad Cartoon Controversy" NPR News, March 1, 2006
  23. ^ "Cartoon Display Protested" L.A. Times, March 1, 2006
  24. ^ "Mohammad cartoons inflame U.S. campus" CNN, March 1, 2006
  25. ^ "Calif. Campus in Uproar Over Muslim Cartoons" Fox News, March 1, 2006
  26. ^ "Muhammad cartoons rile California college" NBC News, March 1, 2006

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