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December 16, 2008

Michael Phelps to start "action" video game series

I gotta link to this piece I wrote for today's paper. It's about Michael Phelps' plans to start a video game franchise (kinda like Madden and Tony Hawk).The first installment is set for 2010.

Problem is, swimming games don't sell. The company that's working with Phelps on the deal, 505 Games, said there will be water in the game, but it will be a "pure action game." Uhh ... ok?

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 8:16 AM | | Comments (5)
Categories: Random stuff


This game will be to swimming what "Shaq-Fu" was to basketball.

Don't you dare make fun of Shaq Fu.

Really all they need to do is re-skin Ecco The Dolphin with Phelps as Ecco and make a bajillion dollars. So simple.

Or, put him in some sort of puzzle-solving adventure a la Krusty's Fun House and put the word "XTREME" in the title, bajillion dollars.

Or, an evil demon god has split the world crystal into 8 pieces set at the other end of the world's biggest pool, and you must brave your way through 25 levels of obstacles, mashing the "A" button for 12 hours.

Really, the possibilities are endless.
"Michael Phelps: Fearless Hero. Level 4 you're using your gold medals to fend off skanks, Level 6 is the special "drive home at 2 a.m." road race. The "coherent sentence" puzzle board. The secret level where you have to keep partying with Carmelo Anthony!"

Grand Theft Aqua.
Takes place in Atlantis. For a few clams you and a Mermaid can....

I'm sure it will be way better than the E.T. videogame.


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