Please understand that I am humourless. I have no patience for fun, jokes, japery, antics, shenanigans, tomfoolery, or banter. I've surgically severed my face's smiling muscles and developed a workout routine to pump the frowners. I am no fun.
And yet -- mercy me! -- I laugh like a drain watching snippets of Mosh Pit Simulator [official site]. It's an upcoming VR game from McPixel developer Sos Sosowski, pushing bugs and glitches to the extreme as interfaces fall apart in your hands, flailing mannequins destroy a city, and a dinosaur warps and whips and trashes a kitchen.
Mosh Pit Simulator is... some sort of motion-controlled VR game about duffing up people and making things go wonky? Something like that. I honestly can't tell you what Mosh Pit Simulator is or will be, I can only take you back through its development to show you what it has been and what Sos has said it was. Let's pick through tweets and blog posts and tunes in reverse-chronological order:
I don't think I should have woke it up. pic.twitter.com/FzzNjMgbBi— Sos Sosowski (@Sosowski) January 27, 2017
Found this brexiter in space, but I put him back! pic.twitter.com/CMc6wO6LmW— Sos Sosowski (@Sosowski) January 17, 2017
Oh god! I just pulled a Sandra Bullock in space and it was genuinely terrifying... pic.twitter.com/tsmPkPaiSH— Sos Sosowski (@Sosowski) January 17, 2017
Does this qualify as space opera? pic.twitter.com/JrTpcPr8CF— Sos Sosowski (@Sosowski) January 17, 2017
Can we have this in Google Earth VR please? pic.twitter.com/Ij63Pshub4— Sos Sosowski (@Sosowski) January 12, 2017
I've been told I should rely on scalable solutions! pic.twitter.com/x4kqJETT27— Sos Sosowski (@Sosowski) January 12, 2017
This trailer's a 360-degree vid, give it a good drag around:
You can knock yourself out by accident when picking up the phone in real life too, right? pic.twitter.com/KpMPd1tHxe— Sos Sosowski (@Sosowski) November 14, 2016
Mosh Pit Simulator tutorials are still a bit broken. pic.twitter.com/1KM0m7XIAb— Sos Sosowski (@Sosowski) August 9, 2016
At this point, Sos popped out a blog post detailing his plans for the game. He talks about a story mode, "funny" modes, enemies, helicopters, and superpowers.
"I want to keep the game as 'open' as it can get, in terms of letting the player break everything and play around and exploit bugs etc," he said.
This is getting out of hand! Somebody call Sandra Bullock! pic.twitter.com/Gd8VnVUelA— Sos Sosowski (@Sosowski) July 28, 2016
Oh man, they're forming gangs already! pic.twitter.com/xA6ifMyaMR— Sos Sosowski (@Sosowski) July 20, 2016
There is no such thing as too much physics in a video game pic.twitter.com/XJv2gHIT3s— Sos Sosowski (@Sosowski) July 6, 2016
Fixed this guy! He's so much fun! I should give them names before punching them to death. Am I a monster yet? pic.twitter.com/Mmc1ZOE68v— Sos Sosowski (@Sosowski) June 16, 2016
hought I got the hang of it but this is just ridiculous. Is it OK if I just make this game broken as hell? pic.twitter.com/nYMIiNjSNn— Sos Sosowski (@Sosowski) June 16, 2016
I thought toungues and teeth would be a funny addition to Mosh Pit Simulator. This is straight from hell. pic.twitter.com/KnqD2Hi2OD— Sos Sosowski (@Sosowski) June 16, 2016
An essential part of learning something is not knowing how to do it, so might as well enjoy being terrible at it!— Sos Sosowski (@Sosowski) May 29, 2016
- Wanna go to a concert?— Sos Sosowski (@Sosowski) May 29, 2016
- Who's playing?
- I don't care! pic.twitter.com/ZaaZQ1U2YU
You can now make friends with the mosh pit humans! <3 pic.twitter.com/wqmTtPQbP9— Sos Sosowski (@Sosowski) May 9, 2016
I'm pretty sure I nailed the reality of soccer here. At least that's how I remember it from high school. pic.twitter.com/6Tg5irkaCH— Sos Sosowski (@Sosowski) April 28, 2016
Team Creepy Human blasting off again... ✧ pic.twitter.com/PyiqXZRIyB— Sos Sosowski (@Sosowski) April 14, 2016
It's like wild west! They forgot horses (also, pants), but it's fine! pic.twitter.com/BUfHug2gG7— Sos Sosowski (@Sosowski) April 14, 2016
Ok, what kind of VR game would you like to see me make?— Sos Sosowski (@Sosowski) April 11, 2016
Mate, I've no clue.
[Disclosure: I know Sos a bit and contributed a tiny, tiny amount to the Doom Piano (its monitor shroud) he and some other rabble made.]