Cape Town, South Africa - 13 th September 2011 - 'Sybil Danning’s Ruger' is a cloud-based shooter videogame currently in production for the EU, South Africa and a slate of emerging countries beginning Q3 2012. The game stars Sybil Danning's creation and iconic character Ruger; a sexy, bountiful ex-LAPD cop turned bounty hunter.
Last month, a casual conversation with Cambodian Customs Authorities regarding cloud-internet infrastructure turned into controversy over the game using the data-centre. 'Sybil Danning's Ruger' is high on fire power, but a promotional toy gave the Government of Cambodia pause.
"The computer chips I bring into the country are more dangerous than a toy. Not even a toy, a trinket," smirked Les Thomas, co-producer of the videogame. "I'm in the business of bringing dreams through the cloud, not engaging in rows with men with real guns. I've never encountered something like this before. I understand being sensitive to regional needs."
In the rumble, it was reported that South Africa and Laos were making enquiries into the game's promotional strategies. Special emphasis was placed on South Africa, as the necessary cloud infrastructure exists. Little evidence emerged to suggest South African animus. Custom Officials had nothing to say on the continent's stance, but the Government did. "We welcome Sybil," said Obed Bapela, Deputy Minister of the Communications Ministry. "I strongly encourage this. Any celebrity game that brings business, especially in the cloud, is welcome."
When asked if he thought South Africa was seriously looking over the game, Les Thomas replied: "I find that unlikely. I've never been harassed at customs in South Africa," and laughed heartily.