Monday, November 17, 2008

Illbleed

So, I heard about this trailer on the Idle Thumbs podcast, which features both original music and the dulcet tones of Chris Remo. Apparently it's from an early-oughts Dreamcast title, which explains the references to "Who Wants to be a Millionaire," but not the inclusion of the word "shit" in promotional material. My ladyfriend and I were having a quarrel about whether this video's humor is intentional or unintentional. You be the judge:

13 comments:

Nelsormensch said...

I always thought that trailer was a parody. I had no idea it was actually a real game. Which may make it one of the scariest games ever, funnily enough.

Julian said...

Idle Thumbs? Oh, you mean strategychocolate.biz. ^_~ Thanks for pointing out this week's episode is already up. I can tell it's going to be a podcasty kind of day at work.

Anyway, as for the topic at hand, I fail to believe that anybody would say "You'll puke with pleasure," in a serious context. So my verdict is intentional humor.

thesimplicity said...

I think whoever edited that trailer has some serious issues towards women that they need to work out.

The Unknown said...

I'm gonna claim intentional, just because it is so hilariously bad. =P

thesimplicity said...

hey, sorry I snubbed your Left 4 Dead invite. I think it's kind of ridiculous that silver members can't even play *demos* online. I got a message saying that you wanted to join, but when I accepted Xbox Live just told me I didn't have sufficient member privileges.

Iroquois Pliskin said...

@julian: from what the folk over at Idlethumbs say, this is a case where the japanese didn't translate all so well, which makes me think that it's unintentional. But I'm not ready to rule anything out.

@thesimplicity: yes. And no sweat on the invite. If you plan on getting left 4 dead, it does have a 48 hour gold subscription card in the box, which could tide you over if you're so inclined.

I'm playing tomorrow night @8PM EST if you want to join up.

thesimplicity said...

What timezone are you in? I think I might actually have a 48hr code from Crackdown somewhere...

Iroquois Pliskin said...

@thesimplicity: 8 PM eastern standard; I"m actually playing the full game with some peeps then, so if you want to hit up the demo maybe we should hit it up earlier.

thesimplicity said...

ah, I see. I forgot the full version was out now. I'm heading to Walmart tomorrow afternoon to pick up some mattress bags (why am I telling you this?) so there may be a chance that I will own the game by tomorrow night. Otherwise I'll hit you up some other night for a demo session. I REALLY want to try the co-op on this game.

I don't understand why the Xbox Live membership tiers are so ridiculous.

Julian said...

I'm still having a hard time believing a Japanese person would want to say that in a serious context. Possibly it's a bad translation that enhanced the humor of the original Japanese joke? That coupled with the American pop culture references (who tries to scare people by referencing game shows?) and overall acceptable grammar makes me think it was completely intentional.

But either way, the narrator is either a native English speaker, or at the very least a person with a strong enough grasp on the language to understand that what he's saying would be hilarious. He would have had ample opportunity to notify the translators of the comic genius they'd unwittingly unleashed on the world if it were just an error. So even assuming the bad translation angle they had to have known how ridiculous it would be, which means it was at least technically intentional even if that wasn't the original conception.

Iroquois Pliskin said...

@julian: I think you have to be right. There is no possible way that *every* person involved in the production of this video was unaware of its total absurdity. It's just bad. sooo bad.

Julian said...

... so deliciously bad... ^_^

Toups said...

Illbleed is actually a pretty good game, and a very, very interesting one.