Kickstarter has axed a game system that actually draws your blood

Bloodsport Kickstarter
This is what it looks like to have a disturbing amount of fun getting blood drawn

Letting a video game system literally take blood out of you when you get hit in a game is certainly one way to make gaming more immersive, but it also crosses a line as far as Kickstarter is concerned.

Let's be clear: this wasn't some stunt. The "Blood Sport," as it's dubbed, was designed to make donating blood more fun. With help from professionals you'd get a needle stuck in your arm, and when your character took damage it would suck blood out and into a donation bag.

The project was active on Kickstarter from November 18 to November 24, during which time it earned just $3,000 (about £1,900, AU$3,500) of its intended $222,000 (about £141,000, AU$257,000) goal.

The intent was to take Blood Sport on a multi-city tour, collecting headshots and blood in equal measure. It's unclear why Kickstarter put the kibosh on that, but there are probably a lot of people out there right now, people who want to donate blood but suck at video games, who are just a little bit relieved.

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Michael Rougeau

Michael Rougeau is a former freelance news writer for TechRadar. Studying at Goldsmiths, University of London, and Northeastern University, Michael has bylines at Kotaku, 1UP, G4, Complex Magazine, Digital Trends, GamesRadar, GameSpot, IFC, Animal New York, @Gamer, Inside the Magic, Comic Book Resources, Zap2It, TabTimes, GameZone, Cheat Code Central, Gameshark, Gameranx, The Industry, Debonair Mag, Kombo, and others.

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