The Game Could Have Smelled Like Blood

Hideo Kojima? Crazy guy. When the Metal Gear Solid creator was working on his cyber-punk title Snatcher, he wanted to bring realism to player's computers with more than graphics or storytelling. He wanted the odour of blood.

Snatcher was released in 1988 for the NEC PC-8801. In a recent tweet, Kojima reveals that he had an idea for the "smell project". The game's floppy would be coated with paint that carried the odoru of blood. The heat from the computer would then cause the paint to melt, releasing what Kojima calls "the stench of a murder scene".

The original version of Snatcher was released on floppies and were entirely text-based. Later versions were released on CD-ROM and featured voice acting. Sadly, the "blood plan" stayed in the brainstorming phase as everyone at Konami was against the idea.

小島秀夫: PC88版スナッチャー企画の時、フロッピーに「血の臭 ... [Twitter][Pic]


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    Didn't Sony do something like this for one of the GT's where the disk released the smell of burnt rubber???

      Yeah, I think it was the second one. The discs were scratch'n'sniff. They were supposed to smell like a Pitstop.

    ' The heat from the computer would then cause the paint to melt, releasing what Kojima calls “the stench of a murder scene” '

    OK.... But did he consider what would happen if the paint leaked into the workings of the drive?

      Probably one of the reasons it didn't happen. That and the fact that people probably wouldn't be compelled to boot up a game that made your house stink a second time.

    What we see and hear in games today as compared to when I started gaming back in the early 80's is astounding. But touch (vibrating controllers?) and most especially the sense of smell/taste is probably the last great immersion hurdle.

    Given what I've read about smells on the battlefield, maybe its best that way...

    *remembers the Anus level in privates*

    Yeah... thank god we dont have smellovision.

    As long as Kojima keeps putting Johnny Sasaki into Metal Gear games, I'll be praying they remain scent-free.

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