Aaah… the summertime. That time of the year where everybody spends their free time outdoors. Playing sports, going to the beach, swimming, blasting loud obnoxious music through portable radios, sweating like idiots, wearing flowered shorts and sandals… I do not get the appeal. Sure, the weather’s nice and all, but do you have to act like you were lobotomised? Can’t you just enjoy the sun with a book and/or portable gaming device? Or at least use some headphones? No?
Aaah the summertime. That time of the year where I spend my free time indoors, watching movies on the big screen, reviewing them afterwards. The cool darkness of the room protects me from those summery Baywatch types outside that are slowly burning themselves. I’ll be back outside when it starts snowing, or when my pile of games to play/books to read/miniatures to paint/movies to watch is back at an acceptable level.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise when I say I like toy guns. As a kid I loved running around with cap guns, laser guns and even those plastic ones that rattled like an asthmatic yorkshire terrier. Loved them. Even more so when they were space-themed. Slap a sci-fi sticker on something, and I was ecstatic. Pretend-killing your friends was even more fun when you did it in space or when one of the parties involved pretended to be an alien.
Today, I’m much older, but I still love me my toy guns. However, my friends from back in the day all grew up and generally pass up on the opportunity of spending an afternoon in the forest pretend-blasting each other to smithereens. Nieces and nephews are few in numbers and generally not into the whole blaster-shooty stuff, so I restrict my pretend-murdering to gaming. It’s almost as satisfying.
Almost. My triggerfinger is itching, I miss the feeling of a lukewarm rubber grip and the near-weightlessness of a crappy plastic barrel.
So imagine my joy when I came across SNIPE. A kickstarter campaign for a genuine toy dartgun. Yes, you read that right: DARTS! The idea behind it is pure genius. You can fire darts at your prefered mobile device, and a special app keeps tabs on your score and provides targets. The darts are completely safe, they can’t even crack an egg.
So now I’ll have the opportunity to go pretend-kill my mobile and tablet. And, should the need arise, I can even harmlessly unleash my pretend-fury on an unsuspecting colleague, spouse or pet. Or go blast my grownup friends back into childhood.