Every so often I get a press release for something amazing. Like did you know that South Carolina is the "second highest state in the country having read the most romance books"? (That wording ... I know.) I have no idea if this is a true fact about South Carolina romance readers, but someone hoping I'd write about an "affordable way" to procure romance books says so.
The other day I got a release written in meows and purrs. And it came with a Purr-ess kit. (Takes finger off the delete key. What's this now?)
It was for a new video game called "Catlateral Damage," which will be released May 27 on Steam (which was described to me as the iTunes for computer video games) and at CatlateraDamage.com. In the game, you are the cat and you can use your cat paw to KNOCK THINGS TO THE GROUND.
Do you how many times I've watched my cat, Dignan -- an 18-pound ginger monster -- look me right in the eye and then purposefully and efficiently swipe one of my things (MY things, not HIS things) onto the floor? Eye shadow. Floor. Prescription that my dog should be nowhere near. Floor. Book. Pen. Keys. Candlestick. Vase. Floor. Floor. Floor. Floor. Floor.
Never miss a local story.
He does it because he thinks it's fun to get yelled at and hear rants like "I WANT TO HATE YOU BUT I CAN'T!!!"
Considering the Internet's devotion to all things cat-related, it's amazing that no one has thought of this before now.
I talked briefly with Eitan Glinert, one of the guys behind the game, which was created and developed by Chris Chung as a tribute to his cat Nippy.
He said Chung came up with the idea for the game about two years ago. It's a nonviolent take on the first-person shooter concept.
"You're basically this cat going around being a jerk," he said.
There are more than 20 cats you can choose from (just in case you want your paw to match that of your own cat).
Glinert said that people have asked him what the consequences are for the "cat."
"You're a cat," he laughed. "There are zero consequences."
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