Beat 'Em & Eat 'Em

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Beat 'Em & Eat 'Em
Beat 'Em & Eat 'Em packaging
Developer(s) Mystique
Publisher(s) Mystique
Platform(s) Atari 2600
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Adult
Mode(s) Single-player

Beat 'Em and Eat 'Em is a pornographic video game for the Atari 2600 video game console by Mystique in 1982. Distribution was handled by American Multiple Industries until distribution changed to Game Source. Players control two nude women; the goal is to catch sperm falling from a masturbating man on a rooftop without missing. Its gameplay has been compared to the Atari game Kaboom! by GameSpot, Allgame, IGN, and Technology Tell. It was followed by a gender-reversed version of the game called Philly Flasher. It features identical gameplay to Beat 'Em & Eat 'Em. Beat 'Em & Eat 'Em was also released in a bundle that included the game Lady in Wading.

Beat 'Em & Eat 'Em has received negative reception since its release and is an oft-cited example of pornographic Atari 2600 games, such as Destructoid founder Niero Gonzales who listed it as the second most sexual Atari 2600 game ever made. Seanbaby included it in his list of the 10 naughtiest games of all time. It holds a rarity level of 5 out of 10 according to Atari HQ's rarity scale. Luke Plunkett felt it was more harmless than other porn games for the Atari such as Custer's Revenge. It was used as part of a satire of the News International phone hacking scandal and the US' "'obscenity' exception."[citation needed]

Gameplay and premise[edit]

Players control two nude women on the street who must catch semen in their mouths that comes from a masturbating man on a rooftop without missing. This can be accomplished merely by touching the women's bodies on the sperm before it hits the ground. A more difficult setting requires players catch the sperm before it goes past the women's shoulders. If any sperm hits the ground, the first turn is over. Players are allowed to miss four times before the game is over. They can gain a turn every 69 points scored (up to two extra turns). Players move both women using the controller's paddle. The game allows players to control only one woman.[citation needed] The game plays similarly to the Atari game Kaboom!.[2][3][4][5]

Development[edit]

Beat 'Em & Eat 'Em was published and developed by Mystique in 1982.[1] Its sales and distribution were handled by American Multiple Industries.[6]

Other versions[edit]

A gender-reversed version of the game was later released in a 'double-ended' cartridge along with Cathouse Blues as Philly Flasher, in which the player is tasked with controlling two male prisoners with visibly erect penises as they attempt to catch drops of breast milk lactated by a witch. All gameplay mechanics are identical to the original, save for the fact that when the men catch all the milk, they masturbate and ejaculate.[7] The rights for sales and distribution were taken over by Game Source, which changed the line of adult video games (which included Beat 'Em & Eat 'Em) to "PlayAround". The company created multiple "double-ender" cartridges which included two of these adult games in one. One of these was a compilation of Beat 'Em & Eat 'Em and Lady in Wading.[6] A homebrew port of the game for the NES was developed in 2014 by FG Software.

Reception[edit]

Beat 'Em & Eat 'Em has received negative reception since its release. It is often cited as an example of pornographic Atari 2600 games.[8][9][10][11] The developer had received criticism for this game.[12] Atari HQ identified both the Beat 'Em & Eat 'Em and the PlayAround cartridge a rarity level of 5 out of 10.[13][14][15] Allgame gave it two stars out of five.[3] Seanbaby included it in his list of the 10 naughtiest games of all time; he mocked a quote in the manual that chastises players who fail to catch sperm as the sperm "could have been a famous doctor or lawyer" due to the fact that swallowing sperm has the same effect as letting it hit the ground. He also criticized the level of eroticism stating, "There's something non-erotic about skipping past the courting, past the foreplay, past the actual sex, and getting straight to the sperm-swallowing. They might as well have skipped directly to sleeping on the wet spot."[16] Destructoid founder Niero Gonzalez listed it as the second most sexual Atari 2600 game ever made.[17] Brett Elston criticized early Beat 'Em & Eat 'Em for its depiction of women as "crudely designed slamholes."[18] GamesTM used it as an example of Atari 2600 games that feature masturbation as its core gameplay mechanic.[19] Luke Plunkett noted that Beat 'Em & Eat 'Em was a "relatively harmless" adult game for the Atari, in contrast with Custer's Revenge.[20] Daemon Hatfield expressed amazement that Beat 'Em & Eat 'Em was made 20 years before the video game sex controversy Hot Coffee.[4] PJ Hruschak wrote that games like Beat 'Em & Eat 'Em were more "silly than sexy."[5] Luke of PALGN commented that Beat 'Em & Eat 'Em was "tasteless" and "inappropriate."[21] Steven Poole satirized the News International phone hacking scandal using Beat 'Em & Eat 'Em called Whack 'Em & Hack 'Em in a commentary on the Supreme Court of the United States' ruling that video games are protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and the US' "'obscenity' exception" to free speech.[22]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Beat 'Em & Eat 'Em for Atari 2600 - Technical Information, Game Information, Technical Support - Gamespot". Retrieved 2010-04-26. 
  2. ^ Gonzales, Lauren (2004-03-07). "When Two Tribes Go to War: A History of Video Game Controversy". GameSpot. Retrieved 2013-12-17. 
  3. ^ a b Michael Schwartz; Joan Dykman. "Beat 'Em & Eat 'Em - Overview - allgame". Retrieved 2010-04-26. 
  4. ^ a b Hatfield, Daemon (2010-04-16). "Thirty Years of Nudity in Games". IGN. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  5. ^ a b Hruschak, PJ (2007-11-17). "Doin’ it Atari 2600 style". Technology Tell. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  6. ^ a b "PlayAround". Atari HQ. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  7. ^ "Philly Flasher/Cathouse Blues by Playaround for the Atari 2600.". AtariGuide. Archived from the original on 12 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-26. 
  8. ^ Ashcraft, Brian (2011-06-23). "What Is America's Fetish This Week? Penises". Kotaku. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  9. ^ McCarthy, Dave (2007-11-28). "Sex". Eurogamer. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  10. ^ Bogost, Ian (2012-11-27). "Persuasive Games: Wii Can't Go On, Wii'll Go On". Gamasutra. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  11. ^ Cooper, Hollander (2013-07-29). "The Top 7... Reasons video game sex will always be weird". GamesRadar. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  12. ^ Patterson, Shane (2012-06-23). "Top 10 Entries on Top 10 Lists". GamesRadar. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  13. ^ "Beat 'Em & Eat 'Em". Atari HQ. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  14. ^ "Beat 'Em & Eat 'Em/Lady in Wading". Atari HQ. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  15. ^ "Rarity Key Explained". Atari HQ. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  16. ^ Reiley, Sean. "Seanbaby.com - EGM's 10 Naughtiest Games of All Time". Archived from the original on 30 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-26. 
  17. ^ Gonzales, Niero (2006-08-25). "Top 5 Most Sexual Atari 2600 Games Ever". Destructoid. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  18. ^ Elston, Brett (2007-12-14). "Game babes: A history". GamesRadar. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  19. ^ "Videogames And Sex". 2010-07-28. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  20. ^ Plunkett, Luke (2011-10-07). "Rape, Racism & Repetition: This is Probably the Worst Game Ever Made". Kotaku. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  21. ^ Luke (2007-03-09). "Top Five Fridays: Most Tasteless Games". PALGN. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  22. ^ Poole, Steven (2011-12-19). Edge http://www.edge-online.com/features/opinion-videogames-free-speech-and-deviancy/ |url= missing title (help). Retrieved 2014-01-01.