Warning: Old

By Alec Meer on November 4th, 2010 at 7:26 pm.

$250, if it actually exists

There. Old. I said it. This video is over a year old. You may have already seen it before. Imagine that! Someone being brazen enough to believe that something on the internet isn’t immediately rendered worthless the day after it came into being. You might as well take me out back and shoot me in the head: I’m useless to you now. I’ve broken The Rule.

This is Game Gun. A piece of technology almost as incredible as its promotional videos.

More:

More!

More here. Sort of. They can make a Game Gun, but they can’t make a website, apparently. It’s unclear whether Game Gun actually exists as purchasable item now, given the last apparent update was last November. But if you want to gamble $250 on it being real, be my guest.

(Thanks, Delirium Wartner.)

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54 Comments »

  1. Metalfish says:

    No deal until they release a war that I can pretend to be playing Serious Sam in.

  2. DeliriumWartner says:

    Well, now I’m embarrassed. I realised it was old just after sending it too.

    Ah well. I still think it’s cool.

    • Mr_Day says:

      @DeliriumWartner

      Don’t worry about it – contrary to popular belief, the internet is not a race. First one to see it all loses.

    • Janxer says:

      IT’S NOT A RACE?
      But… but… I wasted so much money on the perfect PC so I could win!
      :’(

    • Crudler says:

      @Janxer
      If by perfect you mean “Now slighty obsolete”. Then I see your point.

  3. mandrill says:

    this has gimmick written all over it, If it ever makes it into production its going to die a death.

  4. Ricc says:

    I don’t think this is the kind of peripheral, that can build itself a Track IR kind-of niche. Most of them just end up with no market support, no developer support vicious circle.

    Also, here is another funny gun peripheral video with one terrified Justin Mcelroy: http://www.joystiq.com/video/aa1edc8b

    • DestinedCruz says:

      Why would something that doesn’t require additional drivers require any kind of developer support?

  5. Alex Bakke says:

    A man in shorts and a turquoise T-shirt, with a computer cabinet doubling up as a liquor cabinet. A MAN OF STYLE.

  6. Padda says:

    I smell reddit! :D

    • DeliriumWartner says:

      You smell correctly Padda.

      Don’t you know it goes: 4chan, then reddit, then RPS (via me, a lot of the time), then Digg, then The Chive slaps its name on the pics and claims them. The Internet Cycle is complete.

  7. BooleanBob says:

    Alec Meer: Angrily pre-empting his readership since 1873.

  8. bob_d says:

    I remember reading a little about it, but i hadn’t seen any videos, so thank you sir for this post.

  9. bleeters says:

    And here I was expecting a snide joke at the expense of the ‘murder simulator’ crowd. Boo :(

  10. Koozer says:

    Does he have something wrong with his knees?

    • Man Raised By Puffins says:

      Man!

    • DeliriumWartner says:

      Oh God dammit!

      It’s covered, the warning said old! It’s still cool!

    • Premium User Badge KindredPhantom says:

      I think Alec slipped into a time rift from 2009 and has only just re-emerged.

  11. Man Raised By Puffins says:

    You may have already seen it before.

    Whoopsie-daisy

  12. geldonyetich says:

    Get me one that works well with the PCGamerBikeMini and I’d be set for a pretty darn immersive FPS experience. Unfortunately, I’m pretty sure the GameGun relies 100% on actually turning your body to turn the view in the FPS, and that wouldn’t work when you’re trying to work an elliptical bike.

  13. KingCathcart says:

    Frankly if I’m going to ponce about playing video games with a gun I would at least want an inflatable igloo to hide in

  14. Ian says:

    It being old is fine, Alec. Unless that includes it having been done on the very site you run. ;)

  15. Grey_Ghost says:

    Hell I’d buy it if I were rich.

  16. skinlo says:

    I was recently tOLD that he was sOLD some bOLD cOLD mOLD. I lOLDed.

  17. Brian says:

    I think this is brilliant. This is what PC gaming is all about – end-user participation.

  18. Twerty says:

    The order page, last updated November 2009, has a comment saying that when you put in an order, you’re pre-ordering for the first market quarter. Of 2010. Seeing how they haven’t changed that comment, I’m guessing none of the orders went through and that you should avoid buying.

  19. Hendar23 says:

    You could make one yourself. I don’t think it would be that hard.

    Maybe I will….

  20. DW40 says:

    For the love of all that is holy please put the Game Gun down long enough to raise the tripod. I guess it’s like Einstein always wearing the same suit. Or not.

    Why do I feel like that garage has seen a lot of tears?

  21. Premium User Badge Saul says:

    Hilarious videos, but it actually looks like fun. Maybe that’s just because my legs are so stiff at the moment– I wish I could walk around and type at the same time.

    And I don’t remember noticing it when Kieron posted it, so cheers Alec! (of course if I had noticed it, you’d be in big trouble)

  22. Ezhar says:

    Uh oh! Hillbillies with tech skills.

  23. Bru says:

    You know, if instead of an LCD screen, you used 3D LCD glasses, this would be a pretty badass VR setup. Gimmicky as hell, sure, but if you can make it with off the shelf parts and keep the price under 500 or so, it would have a market.

    More fun than Kinect or Move at any rate.

  24. Navagon says:

    Yeah, I remember that from the days of yore. Didn’t know they were actually trying to sell it though. But then anyone who buys it based on that mock up deserves to be conned.

  25. Thants says:

    At first I was laughing at how silly that seems, but actually… it looks like a lot of fun. Seems like good exercise too.

  26. pwalnuts says:

    Is that Napoleon’s Uncle Rico?

  27. thebigJ_A says:

    Shoes not included.

  28. Jake says:

    In games, I have to invert my up/down axis, so this wouldn’t work for me.

    • Malibu Stacey says:

      That’s because you’re looking at an immobile screen which you control the view of using a mouse in your hand. The whole point of stuff like this is that to look up, you look up, to look down, you look down.

      I use invert look in every game I can (to the point where I can’t play games which don’t offer it) but given 5 seconds of thought it’s pretty obvious how that’s not an issue with something like this.

    • Jake says:

      I’m not sure that looking up to look up will come naturally to me though, I’d probably end up running around looking at the floor.

  29. Jakkar says:

    Is this the beginning of Operation: Repost everything Kieron posted to Erase His Memory?

  30. Horatius says:

    This is hilarious, this is cocking about at its finest. I don’t care if I’d never buy one personally, I love knowing this can exist. If I was going to try marketing this commercially, I think a great place to push it would be video game rental shops. Rent a half dozen for a party? Hell yeah, mega-nerd-fun. Technology like this also looks like the sort of thing that could revive the arcade market. Too bulky and specialized for most homeowners, but novel and tactile enough to get people into a venue.

  31. panther says:

    OLD! had to be said

    • Alistar says:

      It really didn’t. Especially considering the title of the article is “Warning: Old”.

  32. markcocjin says:

    It needs a few modifications at the expense of needing drivers for it to enable extra features.

    Force feedback.
    Gun mounted speakers to emit isolated weapon sounds.
    Optional weights to simulate real gun.
    Replace the gyroscope with a camera and play facing a static portion of your room. Using software, the camera can track movements made by the gun in reference to the static view.

  33. Esc says:

    what if this whole PC was small enough to be contained in the “gun” and it had a LIDAR scanner/CCD/IR camera in the front and instead of showing you a game it put baddies over your surroundings for you to shoot?

    Like some sort of augmented reality Q-ZAR. I know the tech is unfeasible at the moment…but the future seems like it will be fun.

    • Guildenstern says:

      I give it about 5 minutes before someone playing with this thing in the streets gets shot for real.

  34. Clive dunn says:

    Perfect for the kids whilst waiting for that flight out of Heathrow.

  35. Himself says:

    Old [ ] are the future.