Far too often gaming is heinously thrust under the microscope of the media by organizations like Fox News and CNN. In most circumstances an ill-informed host or reporter with an obvious bias is very outspoken and condemning of an hobby that more and more of us have come to know and love. Sure, recently PopCap received quite a bit of good press for their work with the Make-a-Wish Foundation, but more often than not things lean towards the negative.
Five teens from the rural community of Rye, Colorado, along with Phil Hassey of Galcon fame, thought that it was time to once again show the positive side of gaming. After deciding that they wanted to try to help raise funds for a new community center in Rye, the team spent two days designing a brand new game from scratch. When the dust settled, The Exterminator was born.
So how does one decide to make a game about a motorcyclist that is humanity's last line of defense against mutant bugs? Here is a snippet of Hassey's rundown of the project's creative process:
"Wes really wanted to do a motorcycle oriented game and Shamoa was interested in some kind of game where we'd destroy mutant bugs. By combining those ideas we came up with 'The Exterminator.' From there we spent two days developing the artwork, music, sound effects, and the actual game. Matt put together the electric guitar soundtrack using GarageBand. Wes, Shamoa, Shadrack, and Cameron all worked on the artwork. Most everyone did some sound effects. We also spent a lot of time eating food and generally goofing off. We wrapped up the project with some solid play-testing and tweaking and we were all really happy with how it came out."
First of all, hats off to Phil for making this project possible. I'm sure these creative teens brought tons of amazing ideas to the table, but it takes the experience and expertise of a professional to bring all of those ideas together into a cohesive product. Secondly, it is awesome to hear of the selfless generosity of Wes, Matt, Shamoa, Shadrack, and Cameron, all in the name of a good cause. Well done to everyone involved.
If you are interested in supporting this very charitable cause, you can download The Exterminator when it goes live on the App Store, August 17th. All of the proceeds from the game will go towards the efforts to establish a community outreach center in Rye, Colorado. If you would like to learn more about the project and their progress towards raising $200,000, you can check out their website or like the game on Facebook. Also, be sure to check out the trailer below to both see the game in action and meet the teens that made this project possible.