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When one is unemployed and seeking to find solace through video games, we’re sure it must be a great comfort to play a game that constantly reminds you of your problems. Publisher Sega seems to think it’s a good idea, at least.
Teaming up with Japanese work placement site “Everybody’s Work Search Activity Journal” (it sounds better in Japanese), Sega plans to release a new PC version of their cult Dreamcast, PC, and Arcade classic, Typing of the Dead. Only this version replaces the arguably normal vocabulary of the original with words related to job hunting and employment in the game’s new special “Job Hunting Mode.” The new word list includes such important things as “The Object of my Dreams,” “Double Disgrace,” and “Stagnant Atmosphere.”
Doesn’t that just fill you with motivation? We can only hope the rest of the 3000 job search-related words are so uplifting. What unemployed Japanese youth wouldn’t want to be told by his video games that his failure to achieve his dreams makes him a disgrace and a slob, doomed to stagnate in front of his computer forever?
Above: Here's a screen from the old PC version
The new Typing of the Dead will be released on October 7th for the low price of 2,300 Yen (about $25), ensuring that even the unemployed can afford to play the game.
The original Typing of the Dead was a take on Sega’s House of the Dead 2, which switched the game’s guns for a keyboard. Enemies appear on screen and can only be defeated by typing in the proper phrase or word, as indicated by boxes attached to each creature. It was completely ridiculous, but also captivating and even more intense than before. If you played it, you loved it.
Oct 6, 2010
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