After six hours of playing games made in this year’s Seven Day First-Person Shooter Challenge, I realised my plan to compress everything I liked into one single article or video was slightly silly. Folks made 145 games last week, for goodness’ sake! I’ll look at a few, one game at a time, then. Some made shooting a gun and killing someone feel awful. Some played around with fun new ideas for first-person shooting. Some did away with guns all together. And then there’s GAME OF THE YEAR: 420BLAZEIT vs. xxXilluminatiXxx [wow/10 #rekt edition]. Let’s start with Andy Sum’s parody of frag montage videos, the most brash and shooty-shooty of 7DFPS games.
Killing enemies sparks captions, coloured lights, raining dollar bills, and animated gifs filling your view while it blasts obnoxious sound clips and dubstep. It is so very loud and obnoxious, and that’s entirely the point. I haven’t shown the whole game in this video, so imagine what other wonders await you. (And yes, I do realise my rambling is drowned out by the noise at times.)
It’s not quite a parody of montages, inspired more by a community which started with parodies of ‘pro gaming culture’ but has since tumbled down a rabbit hole of its own memes and inside jokes. That makes the offensive bits a mite unpleasant to me, as it seems to be repeating them because it finds them funny more than it’s meaningfully parodying them. Ironic awfulness is tricky to nail. But hey! While the jokes can fall flat in isolation, taken as one single experience, GAME OF THE YEAR: 420BLAZEIT vs. xxXilluminatiXxx [wow/10 #rekt edition] is a remarkable sensory overload.