OK so here’s the thing: this post was meant to go live at 8AM this morning, but I passed out after watching a Kickstarter video for the concept of Blood Sport. I’ve only just regained consciousness; I apologise for the tardiness of this article.
If needles aren’t your thing, then this probably won’t be either: two guys have hooked up a blood collection machine to an Xbox 360 controller. Every time the controller’s rumble unit is triggered (normally when you’re getting shot in an FPS), the collection machine powers on and drains a little more of your red stuff. Like for reals drains some of your red stuff. That’s YOUR blood leaking out of your arm there. Blood. Needles. Tubes.
Oh man, I’m going to pass out again. BRB.
Why the hell would anyone want to do this? Well, it’s for a good cause. You see, Blood Sport isn’t just some weird blood fetish peripheral; it’s a blood donor collection strategy. The two guys behind the project want to make a difference and help to supply their country’s (Canada) blood banks. They’re hoping video game dorks will want to voluntarily hook themselves up to the system, and then shoot each other in a 1-vs-1 deathmatch.
The plan is to use Kickstarter to build two Blood Sport collection units. They then want to tour Canada and attend numerous gaming events in order to boost awareness for becoming a registered blood donor, and collect blood at the same time. It’s a neat idea, if you can get past the whole needles and blood thing.
At the moment, Blood Sport has just begun a Kickstarter campaign with a goal to raise $250, 000.00 by 03 January 2015.