Have any of you guys watched MTV’s new comedy The Hard Times of RJ Berger? In a nutshell, it’s the story of a high school scrawny student (potentially read “dork”) who gains a semblance of respectability when an “unfortunate” event causes the whole school to realize he is… err… “well-endowed” is the term, I think.
Well, in order to properly launch the whole thing, Sarbakan developed a game for MTV.
Chain of Thought is a simple game where you click on the thoughts floating around RJ (or Lily’s) mind in order to chain them into a coherent statement. Your goal? Seduce the school’s hottest girl Jenny (or if you play as Lily, seduce RJ).
I’m not the game designer of this game. I have nothing to do with the concept or production. Nope. My only job on this was… conveniently placed drumroll… to write the script! And I had SO. MUCH. FUN. doing it.
I’ve mostly work on children games so far. What a nice change of pace when the game designer came to me and asked me to write nasty jokes! Okay, that’s not true. He asked me to write a flirting dialog and mess it up. Okay, I know, it’s even better!
Essentially, I wrote a conversation that could win the player a date and changed one word for a sexual innuendo, a geek reference or something along those lines in case the player messed up the chaining. Quite as awesome a writing workout as one can get! Trust me, you’ll want to win AND lose this game. Seriously, play it more than once.
When, for a few days, your work requires you to write a comedic take on the teenage boy and girl, AND make it a bit dirty, you know you’ll have fun. And if you want a taste of what my job felt like during those days, there’s a level builder in this game. Make up your own conversations and send them to friends!