Funding for a gaming controller that draws blood from your arm every time your character in the game gets hit has been suspended by Kickstarter.
Blood Sport, as the system was called, was based around the controller’s rumble component, which vibrates every time the character gets hit or damaged. Blood Sport took the electrical signal sent from this component and re-directs it to a “blood collection system” which would cause blood to be intravenously drawn from the player’s arm.
Brand & Grotesque, the Canadian company behind Blood Sport, stated that “We’re not reinventing the wheel. All we’re doing is hacking a pre-existing blood collection machine to take your gaming experience to the next level. We are not a charity and we are not a game manufacturer. We are simply creating the gaming hardware that will allow us to get gamers thinking about more important issues while still doing what they love.”
Kickstarter suspended the funding at a time when the project had already collected $3,390 and it said that it does not comment on project suspensions, but the reason is most likely a violation of one of their rules.
This isn’t Brand & Grotesque’s first “immersive” project though. They’ve also made Shoot The Banker, which lets you shoot a “banker” with a paintball gun on a live webcam, and Prank House, which is a reality TV show that allows viewers to administer electric shocks, drop water bombs and fire paint guns at contenstants.