Instead of using joysticks and buttons, you win the game by altering your gut chemistry.
Just like “Back to the Future Part II” predicted, Gamepads are so old-fashioned.
A new pill acts as the controller for a new video game out of Australia’s Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. In “The Guts Game,” two players will have anywhere from 24 to 36 hours to kill off a digital parasite by raising and lowering the temperature of their digestive systems as measured by the pill, reports New Scientist.
Eating for Two
Players are encouraged to do whatever they need to raise or lower their body temperature and kill off their virtual bugs: eat spicy food, drink ice water, go for a jog, or anything else.
When The Guts Game was presented at Chi Play 2018, a gaming technology convention held in Melbourne in late October, New Scientist reports, the developers reassured the crowd that any temperature changes in the body were completely safe. After all, people eat spicy food and exercise all the time; there’s nothing about doing so for a new video game that suddenly makes it dangerous.
Presumably, The Guts Game’s version of cheat codes would be popping the pill before sweating your virtual parasite out in a sauna, but since you would have to buy each single-use pill, this sort of defeats the point.
Race Against the Clock
Like all good things in the world, this game too must end. Players in The Guts Game are in an endless race against time, against whom there are no victors.
Win or lose the game ends the moment the controller leaves the body.
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