Gore Verbinski might be calling out for more 'madness' in electricvideogameland, but it's possible he hasn't peered into the medium's obscurest nooks and crannies. Smaller publishers retain a weird drive to document the stranger adventures of the human animal in pixel form. Take a look at the most recent releases on Steam, and you'll note 18 Wheels of Steel: American Long Haul, Hunting Unlimited 2008 and Prison Tycoon 3 (3? How much tycooning does the jail system need?) amongst their number. Trucking, animal cruelty and incarceration-economics - is there nothing the modern videogame cannot faithfully recreate?
Developer/publisher Mastiff is next to document one of the, um, finer points of American life, having just secured the exclusive rights to adapt Major League Eating. Yep, Power-Digestion: The Videogame. At last?
"Major League Eating: The Game features the world’s greatest gurgitory athletes competing across twelve different food types. Built much like a fighting game, MLE: The Game requires players to show brilliant on-screen eating; a mastery of offensive and defensive weapons including burps, belches, and mustard gas; and of course the technical mastery necessary to avoid emptying one’s stomach in a vividly colored reversal of fortune."
Videogames = art? Discuss. Next week- Touch The Truck: The Game.
Splendid pie-pic by Harris Graber