Playing this Video Game Literally Drains Your Blood

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Blood Sport video game For those that pride themselves on being good at video games, you might be interested in a unique KickStarter campaign behind a twisted game called Blood Sport. Big whoop, you might be thinking, but what if I told you that Blood Sport literally drains the blood out of you? Do I have your attention now? Introduced at KickStarter by a group of well-intentioned Canadian game developers seeking to create a multi-player gaming system, Blood Sport has the players’ blood drawn intravenously from their arms every time they got hurt while playing the game. Only crazy people would concoct something like this, you might be thinking also, but what if I told you that the whole reason behind Blood Sport is to encourage blood donation? Noble, right? The peculiar multi-player gaming system is actually pretty simple in design, employing a technology that most of you are all too familiar with, one first popularized by the Nintendo 64’ Rumble Pak! For those not old enough to remember the Rumble Pak, it was a device that connected with the N64 controller to provide force feedback whenever a player took damage in a game. This function is now built into most of today’s gamepads, and it’s what the Blood Sport team used in combination with an Arduino board to get the blood flowing, so to speak. Watch the following video to see what we mean: [youtube] The team hoped to raise $250.000 CAD to build the multi-player unit, which could be moved around and across Canada to encourage blood donation. However, KickStarter had other plans and brought an end to the campaign after only $3,390 CAD was raised. KickStarter refused to divulge details as to why it dropped the campaign, but we suspect Blood Sport was just too grotesque and even dangerous for their liking. So, what do you think about Blood Sport? Was it a good idea, and would you have given it a try?

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