Pixelsumo is a blog about interaction, with an emphasis on play, installation, video game culture, playgrounds and toys. Written by Chris O'Shea.
Posted June 30th 2010 under Games
Sorry I am a bit slow posting this one, but I am really behind on my to-blog list.
British TV station Channel 4 has never shied away from being controversial, and thankfully they are putting money and energy into video game development too.
Enter the recently announced Privates, a game by Zombie Cow Studios for Channel 4, aiming to educate teenagers on safe sex…. “a funky little game about tiny little condom-hatted marines going right up peoples’ rude areas and shooting all the nasty chompy things that tend to live there if you’ve been carelessly putting bits of yourself in silly places”.
“Where pregnant, waddling teenagers take up the full width of the pavement with their oversized triplet pushchairs, unaware that their rampant, perpetual humping has filled them to the brim with all manner of grotty infections.
Privates is a platform twin-stick shooter in which you lead a teeny-tiny gang of condom-hatted marines as they delve into peoples’ vaginas and bottoms and blast away at all manner of oozy, shouty monsters. It’s rude, funny, bitingly satirical and technically pretty accurate if you don’t count the tiny people or the germs with teeth.”
Will it stop teenagers having sex, or educate them on STDs? Who knows. But you could argue that whilst they are busy playing the game, they at least aren’t spending their time having sex ;) The style of game is definitely more suited towards boys. Sort of Earth Worm Jim meets Inner Space. Maybe they will remember the smelly monsters later.
I’m glad this is being made and look forward to having a play on it.
Watch this video, making sure your sound is on, but not too loud :)