E3 rumors: Nintendo teaming up with Eminem to present new mature game. Called Acid Ghost. What, quite frankly, the hell?

Some rumours are a bit run-of-the-mill, but thoroughly believable for it. Some rumours are outlandish, and a bit dubious as a result. But some rumours - the best rumours in fact - are so flat-out guano crazy as to punch right through the very walls of plausibility and launch themselves into hitherto unexplored realms of probability so unstructured and unfathomable that anything and everything suddenly becomes possible. A bit like Inception's Limbo, only using varying levels of feasibility instead of dream bits.

And that friends, is where we are today. The particular Schroedinger's E3 Event in question? An appearance by Eminem (in video form at least) at Nintendo's E3 2012 press conference, to promote a new game called Acid Ghost, which is aimed at a more mature audience. Originating with a anonymous-source-fuelled story at GoNintendo, the tale professes that the video is currently being made by a Sacramento marketing agency, and is due to go into post-production next week.

Above: How the hell am I the first person reporting this story today to use this Photoshop gag? You're letting me down, internet

Mad as it sounds, this one does fit in with Nintendo's recent, frequent courting of celebrity endorsements, as well as the increasing frequency of Satoru Iwata's claims that the Wii U is very much going to be aimed at  the core gamer market. 

But if all of this is true, what manner of game will Acid Ghost be? off the top of my head, I can think of several options:

  • You will either control or fight a ghost who spews acid, a bit like Slimer in Ghostbusters, but far more dangerous. That scene where Peter lies on the floor and laments "He slimed me" would not happen because Peter would not have a head to lament anything with.
  • It's a game in which you play either a cool hacker or a cool rapper with the kind of name that 'cool' rappers and 'cool' hackers got in 'cool' '90s films.
  • It's a dark, gritty, hallucinogenic reboot of Pac-Man, based on this image.
  • The rumour's mention of the game being for an 'older audience' actually refers to a much older audience than you might think. The Acid Ghost of the title is the metaphysical spirit of the '60s and '70s, and personifies the lost ideals of that period. The game is an existential musing on counter-culture, youth and maintaining the vitality of the soul despite physical age, aimed at 60+ year-old former hippies and beatniks. Eminem is totally down with that shit. 

Above: I like to think that this is what Acid Ghost looks like

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  • Smash_Bro - May 18, 2012 1:11 p.m.

    I must say, the first paragraph of this article may be one of the single most beautiful passages ever written in the English language. Also, "flat-out guano crazy?" Clever as hell!
  • LEGOMatrix - May 17, 2012 6:41 a.m.

    I hope it's like Psychonauts or Being John Malkovich. I hope you can switch between Marshall Mathers, Eminem and Slim Shady to access different powers. I hope it's the sequel to Geist. I hope it's real...
  • CitizenWolfie - May 17, 2012 2:16 a.m.

    If it's any of the scenarios mentioned in the article, I'm calling "Game Of The Year" right now. But since it's Eminem, I'm guessing the game will start off strong, then have two brilliant levels before fizzling out disappointingly as it gets up its own arse about how it's come out of rehab a whiny, changed man whilst losing its edge and sampling bits of other games.
  • shawksta - May 16, 2012 8:31 p.m.

    Yo david, there's actually MORE details about this game 0_0
  • Fuzunga - May 16, 2012 6:30 p.m.

  • Hobogonigal - May 16, 2012 4:52 p.m.

    What on Earth! Not sure how to respond to this!
  • tiben36 - May 16, 2012 4:32 p.m.

    so, let do maths now casual games + casual rapper = core product?
  • brickman409 - May 16, 2012 3:43 p.m.

    best rumor ever
  • taymon20 - May 16, 2012 10:14 p.m.

    Damn Right
  • Rainbow-Carnage - May 16, 2012 11:11 a.m.

    Get that gay bashing homophobe outa here!!!!!!!!!
  • mwe12 - May 16, 2012 4:22 p.m.

    You get out of there.
  • Rainbow-Carnage - May 16, 2012 7:45 p.m.

    Eminem- "My words are like a dagger with a jagged edge, that'll stab you in the head, weather your a f*g or lez........ Hate f*gs? The answer's yes." Yeah you're right. This is exactly the type of person Nintendo should hire to promote their games.
  • SpiritTemple - May 17, 2012 2:08 a.m.

    I agree with you 100%, Eminem is a horrible person, get him away from Nintendo.
  • bass88 - May 17, 2012 2:12 a.m.

    That lyric was a jab at his critics. Instead of denying he's homophobic, he ran with it and overly exaggerated it for comic effect. In other words, he trolled them.
  • Thedigitalg - May 23, 2012 3:10 p.m.

    This. The man is, despite the hardxcore rockers protestations, a lyrical genius.
  • shawksta - May 16, 2012 6:58 a.m.

    Heh, crazy rumors these days. You wouldnt believe just how many people posed as Nintendo executives on /v/ and other places its ridiulous, there are 2 people who were dead serious and are on everyday but some things they say are contradicting so UGH. Acid Ghost, the name sounds interesting but Nah.
  • gyury - May 16, 2012 6:09 a.m.

    This is either going to be amazing or turn out to be a massive pile of donkey poo. I'm guessing this is a GTA clone set in the 60's/70's or something like 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand but much worse.
  • SpiritTemple - May 17, 2012 2:10 a.m.

    Can't get much worse than 50 cents game.
  • DannyMB - May 16, 2012 5:21 a.m.

    The second sentence of the first paragraph is a thing of beauty.
  • DannyMB - May 16, 2012 5:23 a.m.

    Wait, i meant third sentence. facepalm.jpg

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