Kiwi firm turns Jackass into video game
22 May 2006Â
By REUBEN SCHWARZ
Jackass, the American TV series featuring young men doing dangerous, disgusting and bizarre stunts, is being made into a video game by a Wellington games studio.
Sidhe Interactive, based in Willis St, is best known for its rugby league games and the puzzle-racing game GripShift for Sony's PlayStation Portable handheld console.
But Jackass: The Game could change all that. The series had a three-year run on MTV and quickly became a cultural phenomenon.
Since being cancelled in 2002, the show has been kept alive in reruns, including on New Zealand music station C4.
A 2002 movie based on the series grossed more than $NZ95 million and a sequel is expected out later this year.
Sidhe expects the new game will be its best-selling title yet, but managing director Mario Wynands said it would have "slapstick violence" rather than blood and gore.
Jackass director Jeff Tremaine helped design the game's levels, which include driving a golf cart wildly across a mini-golf course, rolling down a hill in a garbage can, and a chariot-style race in shopping trolleys.
The TV series attracted widespread criticism that it encouraged young men to imitate its often dangerous stunts.
Mr Wynands said it was possible the game would also become a target of conservatives in the United States too.
cricky good stuff mario
if they do this well it should sell well...
thats a big IF