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Game On! is a PSA by the Leicestershire Teenage Pregnancy Partnership that uses an 8-bit video game format to get across its message of safe sex.
posted by SkylitDrawl (34 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

 
This is exactly how Captain N's Saturday night goes.
posted by The Whelk at 6:33 AM on December 9, 2010


Showing up at my date's house naked aside from a pair of shoes and already wearing the condom rarely got *me* laid...but maybe these two have some kind of fetish or role-playing thing going on.
posted by The Card Cheat at 6:36 AM on December 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


If only Julian Assange had seen this video. (Too soon?)
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 6:36 AM on December 9, 2010


So the girl doesn't need to get the condom, only the boy. The girl will know he has not by what the condom looks like but because he'll be naked with a wide (why so very wide?) black bar across his groin and will glow as if irradiated. And sex should be upstairs with the light on (yes, on!) and the curtains drawn.
What a waste of money.
posted by episodic at 6:40 AM on December 9, 2010


So the girl doesn't need to get the condom, only the boy.

She quite clearly says its his turn.

glow as if irradiated

Ready Brek.
posted by biffa at 6:45 AM on December 9, 2010


ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED.
posted by The Whelk at 6:47 AM on December 9, 2010 [4 favorites]


Not to mention the giant STDs.

But I like it.
posted by KirkJobSluder at 6:59 AM on December 9, 2010


The princess is having safe sex in another castle.
posted by permafrost at 7:00 AM on December 9, 2010 [9 favorites]


It's dangerous to go alone! Take this!
posted by The Whelk at 7:04 AM on December 9, 2010 [6 favorites]


My childhood is rui ... oh, who am I kidding, I would've loved video games even more if they'd included sex.
posted by spaceman_spiff at 7:06 AM on December 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


"I want you to know...I practise safe sex."
posted by Electric Dragon at 7:15 AM on December 9, 2010


I'm loose
posted by The Card Cheat at 7:41 AM on December 9, 2010


I think it's pretty lame, and perhaps harmful, to present sex as a stupid, goal-oriented game.
posted by eeeeeez at 8:02 AM on December 9, 2010


Could you talk a little more about that, eeeeeez?
posted by SkylitDrawl at 8:03 AM on December 9, 2010


HERE COMES A NUDE CHALLENGER!
posted by The Card Cheat at 8:12 AM on December 9, 2010 [3 favorites]


Only slight issue is that the kids this is aimed at were mostly dribbling into their bibs when this was what game's looked like.

Still, perhaps a photorealistic naked ginger man chasing a woman into a house screaming 'GAME ON' might have been a little tough to get past the funding panel.
posted by Happy Dave at 8:12 AM on December 9, 2010


Also, frankly, you'll never beat CGI-in-a-sex-PSA when the French are playing.
posted by Happy Dave at 8:14 AM on December 9, 2010


Armour +1
posted by The Whelk at 8:15 AM on December 9, 2010


The film version of Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World kind of popularized this sort of 8-bit style all over again, or at least that's the feeling I'm getting from watching my younger brother and his friends.
posted by SkylitDrawl at 8:16 AM on December 9, 2010


The 8 bit era ended years before these kids were born, seems a little off the mark to try and reach them with it.

Retro gaming for these kids is the Playstation 2 or maybe the Gamecube.
posted by malphigian at 8:18 AM on December 9, 2010


I'm so not ok with them hijacking mega man sprites for something like this. I'm never going to be able to play mega man again without remembering this.
posted by FuzzyLumpkins at 8:30 AM on December 9, 2010


MESSAGE FROM DR. LIGHT
GET EQUIPPED WITH LEAF SHIELD
posted by soma lkzx at 8:32 AM on December 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


A higher-rez version of the CGI PSA Happy Dave mentioned.

The same studio also did a version with a (mostly/possibly) straight woman as a protagonist and a somewhat less successful (IMO) (mostly) straight male version.

There's also this pair of advertisements: male and female.

All of these NSFW, especially the last two which I actually find to be slightly creepy.

The platformer formula demonstrated by this game has been an evergreen bestseller, making the transition from console to portables.
posted by KirkJobSluder at 8:48 AM on December 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


Game on, indeed.
posted by Evernix at 9:14 AM on December 9, 2010


They could have saved some time and just recorded a walkthrough of the first 10 minutes of Leisure Suit Larry I. Most of the people I know who played that game never, ever had actual sex.

*ken sent me....*
posted by gurple at 9:15 AM on December 9, 2010


Meanwhile the "Teen Mom" reality tv series is shopping for new stars—and so teen girls are deliberately getting preggers to audition.
posted by five fresh fish at 9:27 AM on December 9, 2010


FINISH HIM/HER!
posted by mattdidthat at 9:34 AM on December 9, 2010


Do you think that show really serves as incentive for teenagers to get themselves pregnant? I agree that it certainly glamorizes teen pregnancy a bit, but...really? Getting yourself intentionally pregnant to be on the tv?
posted by SkylitDrawl at 9:34 AM on December 9, 2010


So the girl doesn't need to get the condom, only the boy.

She quite clearly says its his turn.


His turn, her turn ... show me the one where it IS her turn.

It doesn't exist. It's never her turn. And that's why these campaigns will always be limited in effectiveness, because they always play into well-trod tropes about sexuality -- men are slavering dolts that have to be shamed into doing responsible. The end result are men (who really are slavering dolts) that try to skirt the rules, "Just this once," and unprepared women (who really do know better) thinking, "OK, just this once..."

Show me the campaign called "Get it On, Girl!"

Or, "You Want It, He's Got It, Now Wrap That Wrascal!"

Or:
"You can get with this..." -- (photo of handsome man in a bathtub filled with condom wrappers that look like rose petals).
"Or you can get with that..." -- (photo of a trailer park).

OK, that last one sucks. I never said I was Don Draper.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 9:36 AM on December 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


Egg Wave.
posted by ikahime at 11:28 AM on December 9, 2010


wat
posted by livejamie at 11:57 AM on December 9, 2010


WELL EXCUSE ME, PRINCESS
posted by NoraReed at 3:25 PM on December 9, 2010


SkylitDrawl: I read it in the Daily Mail, so it must be true.
posted by five fresh fish at 4:49 PM on December 9, 2010


Naked Guy uses Condom on Penis... It's super effective!
posted by slimepuppy at 6:41 AM on December 10, 2010


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