Skip to comments.Ammunition for point-and-shoot video game is refilled only when user eats their veggies
Posted on 10/18/2013 3:38:41 PM PDT by null and void
At the 2013 Tokyo Game Show, Food Practice Shooter demonstrated just how effective the blending of digital and analog worlds can be when it comes to children.
At the 2013 Tokyo Game Show, Food Practice Shooter demonstrated just how effective the blending of digital and analog worlds can be when it comes to children. The game, which was created by Takayuki Kosaka, an assistant professor at the Kanagawa Institute of Technology, is your standard point-and-shoot video game, but when the user runs out of ammunition, things get interesting. You see, in order to restock their bullets, the user must put down their gun and consume the appropriate vegetable in order to up their ammunition. Cheating is discouraged though a fairly unique set-up of the game equipment: the gun controller has a camera, the user must wear a set of headphones that include within them sensors aimed at the wearers cheeks, and a set of digital scales are filled with three different vegetables prior to the game starting. After chewing on one of the veggie snacks from the scales, the user must smile into the camera. This action is meant to forge a positive connection with the food over time. Both actions the chewing and smiling are converted into digital ammunition, and gameplay can continue. The digital scales ensure that food is actually removed from the bins, and the sensors near the cheeks make sure the player is actually chewing on the vegetables. Once complete, the player can restart the game right where they left off. While the system is a long way away from mass production, it could see immediate use in places like schools or camps.
Agreed. What happens when Godzilla suddenly shows up? Who has time to gulp down a bucket of seaweed and bamboo shoots to get ammo for that?
Most kids don’t like tofo burgers, they want meat.
When I was at UT Austin back in the 1990’s some of the guys did a mod of the game doom. All of the monsters looked like Ronald McDonald, The Burger King, Wendy Hamburger and the infamous Dairy Queen. The basic weapons in the game were carrot sticks asparagus and broccoli spears along with other weaponized vegetables,fruits and nuts.
I have to admit there was a great deal of perverse pleasure playing that mod and stabbing Ronald McDonald to death with an asparagus.
Might work - I learned to love spinach because of Popeye.....