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A 100-ton mech is the ultimate fishing machine. With upcoming titles like Steelhead Battalion and Cthulhu Karts, it's possible that Schadenfreude Interactive might be the next game industry juggernaut. Or they may be an April Fool's prank spotted in the pages of the April issue of Computer Games.
posted by Inkslinger (18 comments total)

 
Age of Monotremes! I cannot wait to play this.
My echidna army is gonna p\/\/nz0r j00 P/_47yP1 n00|3z!
posted by woj at 12:24 PM on March 13, 2003


Wow.. I got 22 out of 25 right and 17 is the low end of the 120+ IQ bracket?

I don't think I'm stupid or anything, but I don't think I'm THAT smart... still a neat test though
posted by twiggy at 1:11 PM on March 13, 2003


jesus I posted to the wrong thread, a testament to my IQ.. *sighs*
posted by twiggy at 1:13 PM on March 13, 2003


Feather your nest. Regurgitate resources for your hatchlings. Preen your troops. Lead your army of penguins to glory!

This had better be for real.
posted by trondant at 1:22 PM on March 13, 2003


on the same site YETI@HOME:
there's a small but captivating possibility that your computer will detect the faint footsteps of a hairy monster...
posted by yeahyeahyeahwhoo at 1:29 PM on March 13, 2003


I dunno, these games actually sound pretty sweet... much better than most of the crap the industry churns out these days...
posted by mkultra at 1:37 PM on March 13, 2003


those are so fake... but man, what I wouldn't give to play Cthulhu Karts!
posted by oninochuck at 1:37 PM on March 13, 2003


Great post, inkslinger.

I would pay top-dollar for each and every one of those games. I'd even buy two copies of Age of Ornithology, just for good measure.

Does anyone know who's behind it? The listed names in the about section are all German words that have Pythonesque meanings. For example, there's Moerderhaeschen "Little killer rabbit," Kaesegeschaeft "Cheese shop," and Schwarzritter "Black knight."

Is it Mojo time?
posted by Ljubljana at 1:50 PM on March 13, 2003


Age of Ornithology...oh my god. I might actually *play* that.
posted by Mars Saxman at 1:50 PM on March 13, 2003


"Is it Mojo time?"

People keep saying this. The prototype site is up and running. Feel free to go use it.
posted by y6y6y6 at 2:44 PM on March 13, 2003


Ain't no way I'm using my Atlas Variant 6 for catchin' carp.

(If these proposed games were even remotely factual, FASA and Microsoft would be all over Schadenfreude Interactive so fast your Cthulhu cart would look like standing still. But on the plus side, it seems a good Flash developer could probably knock games like these out in a month. Anybody up to the challenge?)
posted by Wulfgar! at 2:57 PM on March 13, 2003


Does anyone know who's behind it?

A WHOIS search traces the domain, phobe.com, back to game developer Lars Norpchen. That said, for the reasons Wulfgar lays out and for many, many others (I can't picture Tolkien Enterprises even hearing the pitch for Nazgul Thunder), I think Schadenfreude is intended as humor.

However, if you like the humor, a Google search shows that Norpchen does have a company called Octopus Motor currently at work on a game called They Came From Hollywood, which in turn has its own entertaining subsite, Harold Haxton: A Life in the Can.
posted by Inkslinger at 3:05 PM on March 13, 2003


Thanks, Inkslinger! I don't think anyone here thought the games were serious offerings. (Your FPP pretty much told us what was coming.) For my part, I think it's one of the funniest things I've seen in a long, long time and I really enjoyed it.
posted by Ljubljana at 3:40 PM on March 13, 2003


"I think Schadenfreude is intended as humor."

What? That's silly. I don't think so. Are you telling me you think they just made this up as some kind of joke? No way.
posted by y6y6y6 at 4:12 PM on March 13, 2003


I confess, I don't believe there will be any new juggernaut in the game industry for some time. Link via a comment made at another website by John at linkworthy.com.
posted by Wulfgar! at 4:50 PM on March 13, 2003



(If these proposed games were even remotely factual, FASA and Microsoft would be all over Schadenfreude Interactive so fast your Cthulhu cart would look like standing still.


Would parody protect them? Clearly derivative, but very clearly "game satire" (of a clever sort, no less). I'd like to think that this could at least acquire the level of legitimacy that Weird Al has.
posted by namespan at 5:39 PM on March 13, 2003


The picture of this hot elven cheerleader definitely makes me want to pet my koala. Seriously, good link Inkslinger!
posted by lazy-ville at 8:25 PM on March 13, 2003


damn, does this mean that i WON'T be able to build an army of invincible flightless stormtrooping waterfowl?
posted by badzen at 2:52 AM on March 14, 2003


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