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The History Of Farts In Video Games [GEEK] “As video games mature, their ability to simulate different aspects of the world we live in just gets better and better. From early days when black and white spaceships jittered across displays to the immersive 3D virtual worlds we expect in 2017, the vidya experience gets more and more like reality. That’s a long-winded (no pun intended) way to say that you can fart in video games. Yes, this might seem like a silly use of our time, but this is Geek. We’re all about exploring the sacred as well as the profane. What better way to do so than to look at digital representations of gas passing from the digestive system through the butt? For whatever reason, developers have been including farts in video games for decades. Let’s don our gas masks and venture into digital history to discover how flatulence has been used in gaming through the years.” [Gaming's Greatest Farty Butts][YouTube]
posted by Fizz (35 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
 
I’d get cranky about another series of gimmick posts, but I just have to remind myself that this too will pass.

wind
posted by zamboni at 7:58 AM on February 26 [18 favorites]


Let's hope cortex doesn't put a plug in these.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 8:07 AM on February 26 [8 favorites]


That article briefly mentions it, but it is absent from the video, so I'll throw it out here. Binding of Isaac has a shit-ton of farts, poops, & piss. It's one of the most fecal games I've ever played.

Seed: FART SNDS

When you play that seed in BoI, every sound is a fart, lol.
posted by Fizz at 8:16 AM on February 26


Fizz! Don’t be a force for evil!
posted by GenjiandProust at 8:17 AM on February 26 [3 favorites]


'bout time I got that old knife sharpened anyways...
posted by Homo neanderthalensis at 8:22 AM on February 26 [2 favorites]


#fartday follows #scorpionday

now who has the sting in the tail, eh?
posted by lalochezia at 8:33 AM on February 26 [3 favorites]


If it stings when you fart, lalochezia, you should probably see a doctor.
posted by LeDiva at 8:35 AM on February 26 [5 favorites]


'bout time I got that old knife sharpened anyways...

Flagged for threatening fellow MeFites
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 8:38 AM on February 26 [1 favorite]


The animated fart shout mod for Skyrim, is a blast.
posted by ecco at 8:38 AM on February 26 [2 favorites]


You can already do this in many VR games, but you need a flat-U lens.
posted by WCityMike at 8:41 AM on February 26 [2 favorites]


In 1992's Wolfenstein 3D, if you were sneaking around trailing one of the brownshirts, there was a random chance they'd audibly pass gas.
posted by Leviathant at 8:58 AM on February 26


This is the first I ever heard of the Nosulus Rift.

I feel like Conkers Bad Fur Day was full of this sort of thing, but I'm having a hard time recalling specifics - probably just due to the overall absurdity of that game.
posted by MysticMCJ at 9:08 AM on February 26


No Skullmoneys??
posted by aubilenon at 9:11 AM on February 26


MetaFilter: It's one of the most fecal games I've ever played.
posted by GenjiandProust at 9:12 AM on February 26 [6 favorites]


Flagged for threatening fellow MeFites

If you don’t like the knife, don’t cut the cheese, Johnny.
posted by GenjiandProust at 9:14 AM on February 26 [5 favorites]


In the game Ark, everything poops. You, the dinosaurs, the birds, the bugs... And it comes with an accompanying fart sound. When a T-rex roars, everything poops at once in a cacophony of flatulation.
posted by Gneisskate at 10:22 AM on February 26 [1 favorite]


MetaFilter: everything poops at once in a cacophony of flatulation.
posted by Fizz at 10:24 AM on February 26 [3 favorites]


MetaFilter: everything poops at once in a cacophony of flatulation.

This is what happens when you wolf down the whole plate of beans rather than overthinking them.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 10:35 AM on February 26 [2 favorites]


Essential soundtrack for this post: "The Fable of Love" by Chris Remo (of Idle Thumbs).
Girl, I met you passing through Bowerstone
Why can't we be alone
Just you and me without these 23 other villagers standing around
Don't they have other things to do
When I'm farting in your face for Peter Molyneux ...
(I won't spoil the whole thing but full lyrics available here)
posted by straight at 10:37 AM on February 26


As far as we can tell, the premiere fart in video game history was 1987’s Kato & Ken, for the Japanese PC Engine console. Localized for American audiences three years later as JJ & Jeff, the side-scrolling platformer starred a pair of Far East comedians who reveled in bodily functions. The duo could knock enemies out by squatting and blasting gas, but that was changed to a spray can in the Western port.

I feel like one of the early Space Quest games (I, II, or III) had a fart joke in it somewhere, but it was a long time ago and I might be getting it mixed up with something in Leisure Suit Larry, and I haven't been able to Google up anything referencing it, so it may just be a brain fart on my part.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 10:43 AM on February 26


Better farts than being required to feed animals so you can gather their poop as a game mechanic.
posted by wierdo at 11:05 AM on February 26


how in the world does this list not have The Great Mighty Poo from Conker's Bad Fur Day?
posted by jrishel at 11:11 AM on February 26


This is an impressive amount of fart documentation, but it covers only published titles. I really wonder what a deep dive into independent and homebrew games would uncover. Farts, probably.

Just typing "fart" into itch.io's search engine yields such masterful titles as Toilet Frenzy, Farty Moon, and Diarrhea Another Day.
posted by subocoyne at 11:34 AM on February 26


how can this WORTHLESS AND INCOMPLETE article not mention the huge murderous pig in ac: odyssey who not only has an incredibly deadly fart attack but can also be killed by the use of your flaming arrows during that fart attack
posted by poffin boffin at 11:40 AM on February 26 [2 favorites]


but can also be killed by the use of your flaming arrows during that fart attack

How the fuck have I not tried this in AC:O, I know what I'm doing tonight.
posted by Fizz at 11:48 AM on February 26


[Taggart, waving cowboy hat over the campfire that is this thread] I'd say you boys had had enough
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 11:52 AM on February 26 [2 favorites]


those jars of flammable oil on the edges of the clearing are also for the fire arrow attack but you gotta catch it mid-fart for max effect
posted by poffin boffin at 12:01 PM on February 26 [1 favorite]


Raving Rabbids: TV Party on the Wii had a farting (possibly dead) ox powered by the balance board.
posted by scruss at 1:03 PM on February 26


This has me wondering, does Link from The Legend of Zelda fart?
posted by Fizz at 1:04 PM on February 26


This has me wondering, does Link from The Legend of Zelda fart?

One can argue that the entire series is an allegory for farting!

One can really argue anything if one puts one’s mind to it
posted by aubilenon at 1:13 PM on February 26


No mention of the elevator fart from ToeJam & Earl.
posted by Mister Moofoo at 1:20 PM on February 26


Came to see if the horrible Poo Forest in Castle Crashers was mentioned, found it in the video...well, I guess my day is complete?
posted by bowtiesarecool at 2:05 PM on February 26


This has me wondering, does Link from The Legend of Zelda fart?

Link does have the Wind Waker, after all.
posted by WCityMike at 2:19 PM on February 26 [1 favorite]


Only a couple of '80s Speccy games come to mind right now:

How To Be A Complete Bastard has a Fartometer one can build up by eating curry etc, but I can't remember any specific situation where the farting was required rather than recreational, e.g. to clear a room of yuppies maybe?

The Behind Closed Doors series of single-location, outside-toilet based text adventures allowed for >FART as well as other location-specific inputs. In the third one, having been superglued to the toilet seat by talking ants you had to <soiler>ignite your own gas to escape</soiler>
posted by I'm always feeling, Blue at 2:23 PM on February 26


I remember How To Be A Complete Bastard and was thinking about it. I got it for free on an Amstrad Action cover-tape one month (for the Amstrad CPC rather than Speccy, obv.).

I do remember the fartometer. I also recall that, as far as I could work out, if you let rip anywhere other than the bathroom that was an instant game over.
posted by BuxtonTheRed at 2:58 PM on February 26


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