The Null Device
Two designers in Germany (where else?) have developed a
video game which inflicts pain
when you lose. Called the PainStation,
the game is a two-player tabletop version of the ancient TV game of Pong,
only players place their hands on anelectrical plate. An electric shock is
delivered to a player when they miss a ball; it can do several sorts of pain,
including heat, punches and electric shocks of various duration, and looks
likely to be a big hit with the Big Yellow Shorts crowd:
"When you're playing in public against a friend with people cheering you on, it's very hard to throw in the towel without putting up a good fight. I've seen people leave the table with blood on their hands and their skin completely raw because they didn't want to back down in front of an audience."
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