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Kickstarter "Blood Sport" ongoing, to donate blood while you game

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Kickstarter "Blood Sport" ongoing, to donate blood while you game
Courtesy: Brand and Grotesque (Kickstarter)
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Here's a weird read to make your Monday a little brighter (or a little more gruesome, however you see it). Canadian entrepreneurs "Grand and Grotesque" recently launched a Kickstarter project for something they call "Blood Sport" and, while it's unique, it is not at all pretty. 

The idea is simple enough; tap into the gaming community to promote blood donation. Innocent, well-meaning and admirable. But it's the how that gets creepy. Blood Sport is a system that interfaces with your console's controller and, while you play a game, sucks out a little blood from you whenever you take damage. Yes, you heard that right. It takes the phrase "blood for blood" literally. Participants are seated in front of a console with a game of their choice, and have an expert tap their vein with a large needle and a sterilised collection bag. Blood Sport then interfaces with the rumble pads in the controller via something the creators call the "Arduino System". Whenever the console triggers the feedback in the controller, when the player takes damage in game, the Arduino system also activates, sucking out a little blood from the damaged player. 

The creators say they are trying to make blood donation more fun than just lying on a bed with a needle sticking out of your arm. Instead, they want donors to be able to have fun during the experience, consequently making them more likely to come back and donate again. And the Arduino system asks donors to input their height, weight, and any pre-existing medical conditions before the session, so it can keep track of the amount of blood donated, so it doesn't leave them as dried-out husks. The creators are asking for a total of CA $250,000 to outfit a multiplayer console setup with their device and then take it on a tour of gaming events in Canada. At the time of writing, the project had a total of CA $3,370 in pledges with 39 days to go. Makes one think that the project just isn't that that popular. 

Pledge money to have the chance to game, with a massive life-force draining hunk of metal embedded in your arm? I can't imagine why this isn't earning more.

 

 

 

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