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More on trashy video games

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

I forgot to mention this morning, that Trash Wars joins a motley crew of trash-themed video games. There’s the Japaense game Trash Panic now available from Play Station, there was that kid who made a Donkey Kong-like garbage collector game for a school project, and then there was the TrashCade, a more literal take on the subject. Know of any others? Send them our way!

UPDATE: I should have Googled before hitting publish. Trash, the game, has a post-appocalyptic theme wherein trash is used as building material. And check out this amazing overview of how trash cans are used in video games from the user-edited site Giant Bomb.

In video games, Trash cans do not serve their tradition purpose. Relatively few games employ a mechanic for the disposal of trash. Rather, whenever trash cans are featured in video games, it is mostly for the purposes of weaponry or cover.

Trash Wars, the game

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Earlier this summer, sanitation workers in Toronto went on strike leaving the trash to pile up in the city and make the point that they are indeed, very needed members of the community. The strike drew mixed sympathies, according to some reports. In the midst of it all, video game designer Hafiz Kassam created a game called trash wars, put it on the internet and included a little online poll asking if you supported the strike before launching the action.

Trash Wars

Trash Wars

In the game, a little man stands atop a pile of trash bags and tries to pick off approaching rats with a handgun. I only attempted a few levels, but eventually it allows you to upgrade your weapon. I like the idea of whipping up a video game to draw attention to a social issue, but I think a game where one scrambled to keep the trash from piling up might have been more to the point.

Via The Escapist


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