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Octodad! The game!
December 8, 2010 6:14 PM   Subscribe

Loving father. Caring husband. Secret octopus. Octodad! "Master mundane tasks with his unwieldy boneless tentacles while simultaneously keeping his cephalopodian nature a secret from his human family."
posted by The Devil Tesla (27 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite

 
Well, he would have fooled me as far as him being an octopus goes.
posted by lauratheexplorer at 6:17 PM on December 8, 2010


This is some weird-ass Japanese porn, right... No WAY I am clicking through on that shit!
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey at 6:32 PM on December 8, 2010


Would it be safe to call this game "Kafka-esque"? All of the game play footage depicts a creature ineptly knocking things around in an appeal to appear human. What a nightmare. And, what's worse, it darkly mirrors the incompetents I find in my own life.
posted by coolxcool=rad at 6:49 PM on December 8, 2010 [4 favorites]


it darkly mirrors the incompetents I find in my own life.

"incompetence"
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl at 6:53 PM on December 8, 2010 [9 favorites]


coolxcool=rad's original makes perfect sense.
posted by kenko at 6:59 PM on December 8, 2010 [5 favorites]


I was sold the instant he started trying to walk.
posted by six-or-six-thirty at 7:10 PM on December 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


"incompetence"

incompetent, n. 1. An incompetent person; a mentally deficient person.
posted by ixohoxi at 7:19 PM on December 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


I love the absurdity of the game's premise, and I loved QWOP. So I must be pretty much this games ideal audience.

But even I'm not sure I could take actually playing this game.

Watching someone else play it, however, would be a completely different story.
posted by 256 at 7:20 PM on December 8, 2010


Secret... octopus!
Secret... octopus!
They've given you a briefcase
And taken away your ink.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 7:27 PM on December 8, 2010 [8 favorites]


The octopus would like to put a stop to us.
posted by Sailormom at 7:39 PM on December 8, 2010


Was qxntpqbbbqxl perhaps making a FTFY type joke? I read it that way, at least.
posted by nzero at 7:47 PM on December 8, 2010


I was kind of mehhed out by the first bits of the trailer (ugh! what is this, a Dire Straits video?), but once the gameplay revealed itself, it was love at first sight.
posted by Sys Rq at 7:59 PM on December 8, 2010


Reminds me of Rag Doll Kung Fu. (The PC version, not the regrettable downloadable PS3 game)
posted by The Lurkers Support Me in Email at 8:27 PM on December 8, 2010


"What is this a dire straits video" probably deserves quote of the year just based on the fact that one rarely finds a reason to use that term.
posted by djduckie at 8:27 PM on December 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


Independent game development in a nutshell:

"Dude, you know how you'll be playing one of those "manipulate your environment" games with your hand icon and your inventory and you know exactly what you need to do to but the goddamn controls are so clumsy you just keep knocking shit over and running into the wall and getting stuck in the corner and you can't pick up the thing you need and pretty soon you're just yelling and swearing at the computer?"

"Yeah?"

"What if that was the whole game?"
posted by nanojath at 8:39 PM on December 8, 2010 [8 favorites]


I got rag doll kung fu for free through a special offer, and i can't say i regret it.
posted by djduckie at 9:33 PM on December 8, 2010


That looks just like me playing GTA.
posted by DaddyNewt at 9:45 PM on December 8, 2010


Was qxntpqbbbqxl perhaps making a FTFY type joke? I read it that way, at least.

Indeed he was
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl at 9:55 PM on December 8, 2010


Somewhere, a hipster just came in his pants.
posted by LMGM at 10:58 PM on December 8, 2010


But how… the children… And she doesn't know?
posted by Magnakai at 1:15 AM on December 9, 2010


The children are sweet and innocent. The wife? Let's just say she's the ideal audience for the Japanese woodcut exhibit at the museum.
posted by explosion at 4:09 AM on December 9, 2010


I might try this out, but I suspect it mirrors my own life a little too closely. Except for the extra four arms.
posted by plinth at 6:52 AM on December 9, 2010


Independent DreamWorks Interactive game development in a nutshell...
posted by cog_nate at 8:07 AM on December 9, 2010


"I told you that guy was a chicken an octopus!"
posted by Zozo at 8:18 AM on December 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


He was an octopus.
He was an octopus!
Clumsier than you and me
Octopus—He was an octopus!
And it determined what he could be

But he wore a hat,
And he had a job,
And he brought home the bacon
So that no one knew
posted by Sys Rq at 8:54 AM on December 9, 2010


"What if that was the whole game?"

But what if it was the whole point to the game? By simply changing the focus, what would be frustrating in another game could become awesome. Having to putz around with an uncooperative physics engine when you're trying to save the world and have a dozen other things to worry about? Annoying. Having to do only that in a silly game about an octopus pretending to be a human? Wonderful.

Somewhere, a hipster just came in his pants.

For the love of god, you don't have to be a hipster to like octopusseses. Honestly when it comes to unthinking, kneejerk hatred, hipsters are the new hippies. (Or maybe just a rebranding of the old hippies? Whatever.)
posted by JHarris at 1:23 PM on December 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


I think that next time I want to use an unpleasant word for someone I don't like like "hipsters" or "emo kids" I'll just say "stupids" and cut out the middleman.
posted by LogicalDash at 5:01 AM on December 10, 2010


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