Forum Warz: RPG About the Internet

26 02 2008

New Game Parodies Internet Stereotypes, But It’s Not For Those Easily Offended

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A new role-playing game (RPG) mocking Internet culture is staking its own piece of the gaming pie. Forumwarz satirizes the flamewars, comment trolls and gibberish phraseology you’re bound to see in every corner of the Web.

Digital Journal — You may have heard of role-playing games on the Internet but what about role-playing games about the Internet? A new game called Forumwarz should appeal to anyone familiar with comment threads: interact on forums to generate random comments to gain points, and play as either as a Troll, Camwhore or Emo Kid. Each has their own abilities: the Emo Kid, for example, “turns otherwise agreeable forums into dumping grounds for her depressing rants, false-alarm suicide notes and side-splittingly morbid poetry.”

Developed by Toronto-based Crotch Zombie Productions, this online game about online culture is a needle in a haystack of role-playing games about the same-old themes. But Forumwarz differentiates itself by mocking stereotypical comment hounds, giving a satirical twist to inserting quick phrases into threads. And a warning to anyone easily offended: This site is designed for a mature audience and it holds nothing back.

Robin Ward, Forumwarz’s developer and designer, says the game “parodies almost every aspect of the Internet that these people spend so much time in. The basic thought behind it is: what if the Internet were a game?”

He compares the game (released in beta Oct. 31 and now open to everyone) to another popular hub of insider geek jokes: “It’s like one of my favorite TV shows, Futurama, which does a great job of being funny to the casual viewer but also manages to squeeze in all these obscure jokes for the nerd audience who will appreciate them.”

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