2012 has seen a bumper batch of musician-helmed video games hitting the Internet. They're ostensibly meant to promote an artist's latest release, but also act as snappy diversions to play in your browser while you should be concentrating on something far more important. Here are five of the best recent releases.
5. 2 Chainz's Live In Color
Based on: Track & Field
The setup: Take control of professional guest-verse artist 2 Chainz as he sprints through the streets hopping over trash cans and gaps in the pavement and seeking out special orbs that fill the screen with color. This all happens against a heavily-branded backdrop that involves a sneaker manufacturer that is not Nike, Converse or Reebok.
Is it any cop? Mildly diverting, but the controls have been reduced to tapping the space bar to hop over obstacles. The trickiest task is concentrating on the screen when the technicolor blitz kicks in.
Okay, so it's not an official Kreayshawn videogame -- but it is a Flash project loosely based on the Zachary's pizza-hating Oakland-via-L.A rapper, and it is pretty fun to play. There are four levels, including the club and the mall, and you get to shoot swag bombs at basic bitches, then steal their Louis bags.
The best part is that the avatar character actually does look like an 8-bit Kreayshawn with the mouse ears and glasses. When you die, you turn into a kitty. In the words of creator Beth Maher, "It's here, it's fresh, it's shiny and it's got the swag, and it's pumping out it's ovaries."
Or at least, it's something to get you through the afternoon.
Yesterday morning, I woke up to this in my RSS feed. Might be NSFW but I'm not sure as I'm afraid to look at it for fear my breakfast will repeat itself on me.
Munn: A Fine Example For Little Girls
I just...I mean...WHAT THE HELL DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH VIDEO GAMES? Seriously, someone please explain it to me with words that are not "marketing" or "demographic" because that BS will not fly with me.
Hit the jump for more scantily clad ladies and my angry mutterings about them.
(Oh hey! I'm a marketing genius! Look at me go! Working the system from the inside out! I hate myself!)