Balloon Boy: Meme to Game in a Day

October 16, 2009 -

Showcasing incredible turnaround time, a browser-based game based on the exploits of Balloon Boy has already hit the Internet, a mere day after the tale of an apparent soaring child dominated network airwaves and Twitter hashtags.

The game was developed by three 25-year olds— Immad Akhund, Jude Gomila, James Smith—inspired by the events that unfolded in Colorado yesterday. A counter at the top of the website asks “How Many $$$ of Tax Payer Money Can You Waste?” and tracks scores. Players dodge seagulls and gather rainbows while floating through the sky in their dirigible.

No word yet if the developers are working on a follow up game entitled Attic Boy.


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Re: Balloon Boy: Meme to Game in a Day

Bet the people at the airport that this little stunt shut down were pissed off.

Re: Balloon Boy: Meme to Game in a Day

I'm not even entirely clear on what the story IS exactly...I see some pics of that thing on 4chan, then turn on the tv and see something about the kid being *thought* to be in there...then apparently he was in the attic? And this is somehow a big deal?

-If an apple a day keeps the doctor away....what happens when a doctor eats an apple?-

-Optimum est pati quod emendare non possis-It is best to endure what you cannot change-

Re: Balloon Boy: Meme to Game in a Day

Apparently the parents thought the kid went up in the balloon, but then they found him hiding in the attic because he had a fight with his brother.  But then, when being interviewed on CNN, the kid let it slip that the parents had instructed him to do that "for the show", leading lots of people to question whether the whole thing was a hoax to garner publicity.

It's not real news, but that hasn't stopped every media outlet from obsessing over it.

Re: Balloon Boy: Meme to Game in a Day

But why use a BLACK HAWK helicopter to find a kid?


Re: Balloon Boy: Meme to Game in a Day

Because you got to do it the awesome way.

 

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Re: Balloon Boy: Meme to Game in a Day

Considering they had the news media and search and rescue opperations all tied up for 10+ hours for reasons that turned out to be less than 100% legit, I would say it was a pretty big deal.

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Re: Balloon Boy: Meme to Game in a Day

...Meh. Seems like a big waste of time/money to me. On something that isn't a big deal. The only big deal is the big waste of money that it is, heh.

-If an apple a day keeps the doctor away....what happens when a doctor eats an apple?-

-Optimum est pati quod emendare non possis-It is best to endure what you cannot change-

Re: Balloon Boy: Meme to Game in a Day

As impressed as I am with their swiftness, I still can't bring myself to give a shit about this balloon-boy story in any aspect.

Re: Balloon Boy: Meme to Game in a Day

I would have to agree with you on this. I really don't much care for the story as it begs to question what the parents were doing and where the hell are they.

The whole thing also sounds like it came straight out of a tabloid. Like OmegaWarrior, I just can't give a shit.

"God, is that you?"                                                                                                                                            "No! It's a me, Mario!"

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