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Video game about suicidal baby goes from joke to reality

Who left the bleach out?

Feb 29, 2020, 2:33 pm*

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David Britton

Let’s make one thing clear: This isn’t a game about a man trying to kill his baby. It’s about a man trying to save his baby. His crazy, suicidal baby.

It’s a game for two players: One takes on the role of the frustrated father, the other plays a mischievous and curious infant. It was created by Joe Williams of Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania, who described the game on his (now successfully funded) Kickstarter page.

The game features two types of game play. The first being the view of the father. His main challenges are to prevent and control danger from reaching his son. This has to be done by placing locks on cabinets, doors, trash cans, taking special measures if your baby becomes sick, or making sure he does not attempt to cook himself in an oven. Any of these deadly ends can reach your baby and it is your job to make sure it doesn’t.

The second form of gameplay is played by the baby. The baby’s job is to actively seek out the simple dangers found within the house and give himself unto them. This includes actions such as drinking or eating dangerous materials, putting forks into power outlets, or cooking himself. The baby also has the option to hide in the house and take important items away from the father such as the baby’s pills, cabinet looks, or outlet protectors and hiding these items from him.

Williams says the game started out as a joke, but people were so excited that he started developing it for real.

This is just the alpha version of the game, so there are still some bugs that need to be worked out, but Steam, an internet based digital distribution platform, plans to release an updated version in 2016. So you may want to install that safety gate sooner rather than later. 

H/T Kotaku | Screengrab via videogamedunkey/YouTube

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*First Published: Dec 15, 2015, 3:12 pm