R-rated games aren’t for everyone, but the content is great for building wider audiences, according to Kickstarter's successful 'badult gaming' team, Odious Games.
The team soared to crowdfunding success earlier this week with its project titled Odious Lists, a game in which players catalogue their most outrageous desires all in the name of comedy.
With the growing popularity of tabletop gaming and RPG titles, the firm believes that tapping the ‘dirty game’ sector is the ideal way to appeal to people who wouldn’t necessarily consider board games when looking for social activities.
Only 52 hours into its month long run on the crowdfunding site, the game surpassed its target of $10,000 in funding to collect $16,644 and counting, with 22 days still to go.
And in just a short time, the game has already found itself the subject of celebrity Twitter activity, including 2015's Oscars presenter, Neil Patrick Harris, who labelled the concept as "hilarious."
Created by a team of comedy fans, Odious Lists kicks off by offering players six off colour prompts, such as ‘I’d never date someone who is [blank].’
Players must then roll a die to choose a letter of the alphabet. They are then challenged to write an answer for each prompt using that letter of the alphabet.
A point is awarded for every original answer provided, while the group will decide the funniest answer to name the winner of the round.
“We feel that everybody likes playing games in some capacity, and there’s an appetite for these sort of easy-to-learn, fast-paced party games,” said Odious List creators, Bekka Saks and Ken Goff.
“Adding R-rated content is just a twist on that, and we do think that this concept that appeals to people who don’t necessarily consider tabletop games.”
When Cards Against Humanity achieved Kickstarter success back in 2011, it carved a pathway for the emerging ‘badult’ gaming sector and recent years have seen more and more start-ups attempt to push the boundaries of off-colour humour within the gaming scene.
“Pushing the envelope has always been a huge part of comedy,” continued Saks and Goff.
“Everybody loves making their friends laugh, so the idea of having games that make it easy for you to come up with dirty jokes that will crack your friends up seems really appealing to a lot of people.”
And the Odious Games team makes no secret of how influential Cards Against Humanity has been on its own project, alongside other existing games such as children’s favourite, Apples to Apples.
“We couldn’t figure out why somebody else hadn’t just applied the same playbook of adding R-rated content to existing game mechanics,” explained Saks and Goff.
“Brilliant copy is why Cards Against Humanity succeeded more than because of a good idea. We are just hoping that our brand of humour strikes a nerve as well.”
While the game still has the best part of a month on the crowdfunding site, Odious Games already has its sights on its next project.
“Odious Lists is just one of the games we have been working on, and if we can prove that there’s a market for R-rated versions of classic games, we have plenty more geared to follow, we’d like to see entire sections dedicated to R-rated games.”