Posted on March 4, 2011, Ross Lincoln Check Out Sheep-Hit
Designed by students of the French gaming development school Creajeux (WARNING: Must speak French), Sheep-Hit1 is best idea for a game you can’t play. The description, translated from French, is a bit unclear, so I’m quoting it verbatim:
“This game was imagined to participate to a contest set up by the famous french newspaper LeMonde.fr . The purpose of this contest was to explain to bloggers how a game was made from scratch, while giving to the participants some notoriety as game developers.”
Unfortunately, a Google search failed to clarify whether or not the contest is real, in which case the syntax is off, or if it’s just a flight of fancy, but we’re going with ‘it’s real’. The 3 students involved with the project have set out to create a game (and document the process) as a means of illuminating game development, and the idea they came up with is just nuts. N-V-T-S nuts. Sheep-Hit’s plot pokes fun at what we now recognize to be the absurdity of the Cold War, from the perspective of a nation that was firmly in the middle of the conflict, and the result, so far, is hilarious. It’s 1962, and it’s the United States of Sheep versus the Union of Soviet Sheep republic, and you (the player) are an agent working for the USSheepR rooting out traitors. Infiltrate a farm, locate the mole, and execute him with extreme prejudice.
Wait, so, ‘Sheep-Hit’ isn’t a poo joke, it’s literally putting a hit out on a sheep. Awesome. But being illiterate in the Linga Franca, we’re as baffled as you are, so why not watch the teaser trailer instead:
Those of you who understand French should check out their official blog for more information. For our part, we’ll be positively blanching at the implication that the major players in the cold war were (GASP!) sheep and watch Rambo until we feel our patriotism gland swell once more with pride.