By John Walker on April 4th, 2014 at 8:00 am.
Here’s a tricky spot. A group called NotGames have created a GTA spoof, called Not GTAV, with all of the proceeds going toward trying to save a charity. The charity is Peer Productions, a youth arts project, that brought the people who made the game together. And they’re doing great things in the South East of England, working with young people, teaching them acting, arts projects, and peer education. Due to a lack of funding, the charity will have to close its doors this Summer, unless they can raise a big pile of cash beforehand. The issue? The spoof game is not very good. The charity, however, is.
Setting out to make a game that pokes fun at the GTA series, specifically references aspects of GTA V, seems like a good idea – widely known game, easy target, lots of angles there. However, what NotGames have made is, er, Snake. It makes it a tough sale, really. The gag is you’re running over pedestrians, squishing the homeless, killing people in Lidl, and so on. Thing is, it’s still Snake. There are some pleasing jibes at David Cameron, but nothing toothy, and it’s all over in about fifteen minutes. HOWEVER. Why not throw some money at Peer Productions anyway?
They’re using a pay-what-you-want model, so you can find out if you think differently about the game for 10p, should you wish, or just reach into your massive pockets and give them £10,000. I love that they’ve done this, and entirely altruistically. It deserves support for that. It’s also a really fun look, the whole game hand-drawn, and all the sound effects recorded from the team’s own mouths. It’s daft, if nothing else.