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Zoe Quinn is making a game with the author of “Gaygent Brontosaurus: The Butt Is Not Enough”

Project Tingler

Zoe Quinn’s next project is an aggressively eccentric, but aggressively loving, FMV adventure game in which you are “in search of your cute son (name of Jon)”. Along the way, you’ll encounter “a variety of down-on-their-love foes”, and “help them figure their biz out by tingling their minds, bodies, and souls.” 

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With the working title “Project Tingler”, the game is a collaboration with Chuck Tingle, who writes off-the-wall erotic novels with titles that definitely draw the eye. However, the project’sKickstarter page claims that, beneath the covers, lie stories of “unironic beauty and joy”, so I guess there’s a popular saying that applies literally here. (Though we did enjoy “Pounded By The Pound: Turned Gay By The Socioeconomic Implications Of Britain Leaving The European Union”.) Here’s his Amazon.

Quinn’s new game will be set in the wacky world of Tingle’s novels – known as ‘The Tingleverse’, naturally – but tell an original story using “long-abandoned Full Motion Video (FMV) game techniques”. Basically, it’s an old-school point-and-click adventure game, told with video. Check out the trailer below:

Your goal is ostensibly to find “your cute son”, but you’ll achieve much more as you go. Are your enemies really your enemies, or their own? You’ll help them find self-acceptance. Ultimately, you’ll need to learn the true meaning of love to confront a final boss who denies its existence.

Quinn’s Kickstarter is clear that you won’t need to be familiar with The Tingleverse to enjoy the game, and those put off by the graphic titles of his novels needn’t worry: there will be no explicit footage, and the game will also include a ‘Kitten Mode’, in which sexual situations will be replaced by footage of kittens playing.

Quinn’s previous credits include Depression Quest – her latest project is clearly aiming to strike a more joyful tone. She spoke to Vice about the project in more length on YouTube, if you’re interested.