Ever want to harpoon a whale? I didn't think so, but now there's a game that lets you see what it feels like.
Harpooned is designed to send a conservation message by letting people shoot up moving whales from a boat, while trying to avoid hitting protesters. It's supposed to mimic Japanese research whaling around Antarctica, complete with icebergs. When struck, whales leave a big cloud of red blood in the water. You can watch a YouTube video of the game, or download the game at Harpooned.org.
The outcome: at the end of the game you get a count of the number of cans of pet food and whale hamburgers that came out of your "research" whale hunting.
Hmmm...more and more edgy new media with a conservation message. I don't think I'll be playing this one, and I wonder if the conservation message comes through the carnage.
hat tip: cephalopodcast.com