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May 29, 2015 3:05 PM   Subscribe

Cobra Club ... the newest game by developer Robert Yang, doesn’t just feature dicks: the game is fundamentally about dicks, how they look, and the many ways people try to make them look good. Yang’s previous games have had the fortune of being picked up by major YouTubers, meaning that millions of gamers around the world are familiar with his work. But Yang doesn’t feel comfortable with the way in which some YouTubers treated his creations. “[Cobra Club] is more ‘direct’ in response to all these dudes playing my abstract gay sex innuendo games and saying ‘this is so gay! eww’…basically, when people are being homophobic and gross, the proper response is to be even gayer at them,” Yang told me.

Robert Yang, previously

Critique my Dick Pic, discussed in the article, previously and previously
posted by frimble (24 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
 
Downloading...

YAY! CROSS PLATFORM DICK PIC SIMULATOR!

The year of Linux on the desktop is finally here!
posted by Samizdata at 3:18 PM on May 29, 2015 [8 favorites]


Yang described a situation where one of his games got dropped from a showing because “organizers were afraid that drunk dudes would take it as an opportunity for barely veiled homophobia.”

They dropped the game instead of giving homophobic assholes the boot? Yeah, that totally seems like a non-fucked up response.
posted by brundlefly at 3:28 PM on May 29, 2015 [7 favorites]


Not about to join the Yang wang gang.
posted by markkraft at 3:30 PM on May 29, 2015 [3 favorites]


markkraft: "Not about to join the Yang wang gang."

You know you want to. All the cool kids are doing it...
posted by Samizdata at 3:37 PM on May 29, 2015


For a game about simulating penises the penis model is not very good. I like the intimacy of the view though, the challenge of photographing well. This game would work really well as WebGL.
posted by Nelson at 4:02 PM on May 29, 2015 [1 favorite]


RPS have a fun write-up, too!

I love Yang's work. It's provocative, but in an intelligent, sweet, funny way rather than just being mean or childishly shocking. And yet, also kinda hot. It's like he's staring at you with an intense, saucy grin, furiously pumping his eyebrows up and down.
posted by Drexen at 4:03 PM on May 29, 2015 [1 favorite]


If there are no in-game purchases, what the hell, I'll play it.
posted by Nevin at 5:07 PM on May 29, 2015


MORTAL COCKBAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT
posted by delfin at 5:14 PM on May 29, 2015 [2 favorites]


They dropped the game instead of giving homophobic assholes the boot? Yeah, that totally seems like a non-fucked up response.

"You/Your thing is a bit complex and people might react weirdly in a bad way maybe so we're saying no instead of kicking out people who are assholes if they even are" is pretty much the standard response everywhere about anything though.

Always punish the person being shat at, never the shit fingers.
posted by emptythought at 5:22 PM on May 29, 2015


Is the bush mandatory? Also, no fat dudes? Pass.
posted by ostranenie at 6:27 PM on May 29, 2015


This seems like a game that is tailor made for me and yet I feel no desire to play.

Maybe I just feel like competition is the antithesis of what drawing crude dongs should be all about.


Man, I gotta take a step back, here, sort my mind out. Gotta take stock.
posted by louche mustachio at 8:28 PM on May 29, 2015 [3 favorites]


basically, when people are being homophobic and gross, the proper response is to be even gayer at them

YES THIS

Is the bush mandatory? Also, no fat dudes?

what about fat dudes with bushes

asking for a friend
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 10:19 PM on May 29, 2015 [3 favorites]


and now that I'm downloading

basically this is grindr
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 10:39 PM on May 29, 2015 [1 favorite]


wait fuckoff why is circumcised the only option?
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 10:42 PM on May 29, 2015 [4 favorites]


First Impressions—
(: The camera mechanic is fun. I personally like flipping to one of the B&W filters and taking artsy shots that are mostly texture studies with a little bit of wang poking in from out of frame or pics that play with light and shadow. There's a decent amount of fun to be had trading pics and finding out secrets via the chat. The positive feedback loop is compelling and makes it easy for a straightish guy like me to see the appeal of trading dick pics. Some of the scripted responses are pretty funny and the concerned questions shouted through the door by you mother are a nice touch.

): I was disappointed that the chat isn't really other players, just a simulation. I think it only connects online to upload (some?) pics to tumblr. The stretched textures make it somewhat challenging to climb out of the uncanny valley but with the right filters and framing you can make it all work. I wish there were more body/dick options—it's a little weird when you think about it that it's like this dude is sending pics to his clones or something.

Overall it's pretty engaging as a game, with enough hidden secrets and humor to keep you occupied for a while. The lack of real online hurts replayability but you could probably work around that by setting up a real group chat and posting the in game shots there instead. More body, pose and location options and better graphics would have been nice but constraints are a part of good art too and the glitch aesthetic can be interesting as well. It's good at communicating it's message through the gameplay mechanic and I'd be interested in seeing what happens if any of the youtubers that it was made as a response to will do Let's Plays of it. I give it 🍆🍆🍆🍆 (four out of five phallic-looking eggplant emojis).
posted by metaphorever at 11:14 PM on May 29, 2015


MetaFilter: mostly texture studies with a little bit of wang
posted by Foosnark at 9:23 AM on May 30, 2015


Robert was a speaker for the Indie Tech Talks lecture series I produce for the NYU Game Innovation Lab, talking about his spanking simulator Hurt Me Plenty. The audio gets kind echo-y at a certain point (sorry!), but you can see the talk and discussion that followed here!

Other recent speakers that have been mentioned on the blue recently include Nina Freeman (How Do You Do It?) and Jim Crawford (Frog Fractions).
posted by GameDesignerBen at 9:31 AM on May 30, 2015


Robert is a friend of a friend (and is a supremely nice dude!). It's been fun watching him build this on twitter (@radiatoryang) and all the problems he was running into trying to make realistic dick physics
posted by dismas at 9:32 AM on May 30, 2015


for example: never have one
posted by dismas at 9:40 AM on May 30, 2015


Why would you take a picture of it while it's flaccid?
posted by ostranenie at 9:48 AM on May 30, 2015


Flaccid cocks can be really sexy is the thing.

I've heard.


also

Metafilter: realistic dick physics

had to happen
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 10:09 AM on May 30, 2015




what ever happened to the stand-alone Radiator? I was looking at Yang's work and wanted to check that out, it said it'd be out in 2013 but it is 2015 and i am confuse
posted by NoraReed at 12:59 PM on May 30, 2015


Is the erection slider is the most important video game innovation of 2015?

QFT
posted by desuetude at 1:39 PM on May 30, 2015


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