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Zoe Quinn's FMV Chuck Tingle Dating Sim

I’m finally catching up on the news of the FMV Chuck Tingle dating game that Zoe Quinn’s been working on (I did that thing of saving it to read later and apparently that’s not a system which works – on the bright side I’ve also just learned about a woman with an extra type of colour receptor in her eyes and a chatbot that’s trying to help tackle homelessness).

I cannot for the life of me remember why I know about erotica author Chuck Tingle [THIS LINK IS NSFW] except perhaps just that the ambient internet will send you to his Amazon page eventually. He’s the author of such works as “Pounded In The Butt By My Own Butt” and “Gay T-Rex Law Firm: Executive Boner” and with glorious cover art. “Feeling The Bern In My Butt” features a topless hunk standing thoughtfully in front of a unicorn version of Bernie Sanders (he’s called Bernie Sambers in the book).

The Chuck Tingle dating game that Quinn is working on is a full motion video dating simulator based on the ideas the mysterious Tingle provided and thus you can expect a cast including hot guys in small pants and unicorn heads.

There’s a short Vice documentary which I’ve embedded above that follows Quinn to some of the shoots for the game. It gives you a better idea for the project – it’s looking like a surreal erotic comedy tribute to FMV. The documentary also touches on the effects and complications Gamergate has forced into Quinn’s work which have, in turn, affected development of the game.

The working title is Project Tingler but they’re working on a real title. I’m wondering if they’ll end up going full Tingle and it’ll be something like “Pounded In The Butt By The FMV Realisation Of Some Of The Concepts And Characters Exemplified In My Series Of Ebooks Titled Pounded In The Butt By My Own Whatever It Was”. Might be a pain to fit on headlines though.

Anyhoodle! The other thing explained in the documentary and in Quinn’s accompanying blog post is that Project Tingler is also helping Quinn and her team prototype the technology for a different FMV game called Failstate. There’s not much info about that one yet, just that it’s “An FMV love letter to passionate failure and all things camp”.

She adds:

“This is my next big game folks, and we’re already butt deep in development. There might already be ARG bits of the game out there in the universe somewhere right under all of your noses??? Maybe some of it ties into The Tingler????? So many questions that all definitely have answers. Good luck finding them, punks.”

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