We’ve seen WAM in all kinds of media – art, animation, television (no shit!), movies, sequential art, music videos and even pornography. So, it’s got me pondering what the ultimate WAM videogame would be like.
Here are a few games which come to mind for me as potential inspiration. The first is Above Average Guy, a flash game which pits you against your will in a Japanese gameshow. I’ve not finished it, but there were no messy elements in it. However, the “plot” sounds a lot like more than a fair few WAM stories nevertheless.
Another one which comes to mind is the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot. In it, there’s a scene where Lara escapes capture by diving into a chest-high pool of blood. Two things came to mind when I first saw it. First of all, eww. Second, the way the blood sticks to her for a while after (and the way Lara’s appearance as a whole gets rougher throughout the game) is pretty fantastic. I’d imagine similar technology or whatever could be used in a more… pleasant setting.
On a much lighter note, I think Nintendo have a fair few games where one could get inspiration. I’ve been playing Mario Kart 8 a lot lately, and it features underwater sections (and on one track, an underhoney section) as well as an item that summons a squid to shoot ink at your opponents to impede their vision. Here’s a video of the aptly named Sweet Sweet Mountain track. Nintendo also recently announced a game called Splatoon. Basically, it’s a game where you and three other people battle four other people to cover a map in your team’s colour of goo. The trailer’s here.
The only thing I think we’re really missing is the idea of using mess as a forfeit/punishment. I’m not as into that as some of the others here, but I don’t think the perfect messy videogame would be complete without it. However, the setting of AAG (some kind of bizarre game show) with the light-hearted kookiness of MK8 or Splatoon and mess delivery of Tomb Raider could be a good starting point. So, now I need to flesh it out a bit.
So, this gameshow would have you and one other person working together to complete various minigames, with messy consequences for the losing team. You’d have a selection of characters to choose from with different stats, as well as a character creation option. The characters could also have their own distinct personalities, with a set of archetypes for player created characters (snob, loner, shy, friendly, joker etc.). As for the actual look, I’d go with a fairly realistic look but verging towards the bright and colourful.
Anyone got their own ideas for a messy videogame?