Crowdfunding giant Kickstarter has suspended a project for an accessory that took blood from its users.
Blood Sport proposed connecting a blood collection unit to a player’s controller. Whenever a rumble signal is received (something that the pitch seemed to believe signalled that a player had been hit) a small amount of blood is extracted.
Fortunately the system was smart enough to keep track of how much had been taken and shut down before sucking players to death.
The goal was to develop a multiplayer unit that could be taken to eSports events to promote blood donation.
The pitch also urged backers to Tweet a number of celebrities in order to goad them into participating. Which would have undoubtedly have gone down really, really well.
Simply put, we’re not reinventing the wheel. All we’re doing is hacking a pre-existing blood collection machine to take your gaming experience to the next level,” the pitch read.
We are simply creating the gaming hardware that will allow us to get gamers thinking about more important issues while still doing what they love. From there, we’ll partner with the appropriate organizations in both the gaming and medical communities to bring it all to life.”
That, however, was seemingly not enough to convince Kickstarter, which yesterday suspended the project. It had at the time received backing of $3,390 (Canadian) of its $250k goal.
As is the way with Kickstarter, no reason for the suspension has been given.