DrunkenNES Turns Your Nintendo Into a Breathalyzer

DrunkenNES Turns Your Nintendo Into a Breathalyzer

Blowing into an NES cartridge while drunk could earn you a high score in DrunkenNES.

The latest project from homebrew NES tinkerer Andrew Reitano puts blowing into a Nintendo Entertainment System cartridge to good use. DrunkenNES is a game that reads a player's internal alcohol content and saves it as a high score.

To create DrunkenNES, Reitano combined an alcohol sensor with some other hardware and uses it in tandem with custom NES software. He says it's "pretty accurate" just as long as players have had a drink in their system for more than 3 minutes.

To play, users blow into a cartridge. Depending on the reading, the game displays one of 4 different animations for 6 different states - sober, getting started, buzzed, tipsy, drunk, and wasted - each with its own chiptune score. For example, one of the animations for the "buzzed" state displays a partying bee asking: "Where da honeys at?"

High scores themselves are derived from each individual reading, not from the player's state. Seriously though, it doesn't sound like the safest game to try and achieve an all-time high score in. Stick to Pac-Man or Donkey Kong for that.

Source: Batsly Adams

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"Where da Honeys at" Hahaha

I hope there is a whole bigger range of them becuase those are great.

Wow, that's hilarious. Although I've heard kittens can get pretty crazy at parties...

UnkeptBiscuit:
Wow, that's hilarious. Although I've heard kittens can get pretty crazy at parties...

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Pretty much.

Scrumpmonkey:

UnkeptBiscuit:
Wow, that's hilarious. Although I've heard kittens can get pretty crazy at parties...

Pretty much.

That comic was amazing.

This is brilliant. I'd pay good money for this.

This is...different. I keep trying to find some serious note to make on it...but I really can't. Just...heh...this is funny.

High score for Blood Alcohol Content? That sounds incredibly stupid and dangerous, everything else sounds awesome though.

I'd so win...

OT: This is a great idea! I lol'd...

I need this in my living room.

Need.

I vary much enjoy the puns

Now what he needs to do is make a version for the DS. A portable, re-usable breathalyzer test is just the excuse a lot of folks need to pick up a DS.

You know, I would enjoy this. It'd be a great measure to have at parties. Once you've hit the wasted stage, no drink for you!

As if we didn't have enough frat boy appeal as it is.

that's awesome, way to make breathalysers fun to use.

At 3 in the morning after a night out, this would be amazing. It's amazing anyway, but I have a horrible feeling I'd take to drinking at lunchtime to see how high a score I could get. And I know it would become a competition in my house...

Tom Goldman:

High scores themselves are derived from each individual reading, not from the player's state. Seriously though, it doesn't sound like the safest game to try and achieve an all-time high score in. Stick to Pac-Man or Donkey Kong for that.

Donkey Kong? Great, now I can think about is "Hey guys, just wanted to let you know that we have a DrunkenNES kill screen coming up"

0_o

This is honestly the best thing I've seen all week. I want one. Now.

That's marvelous. I wish we could have seen the other animations, but they were probably too drunk to record it.

Wait wait waitwaitwait. So is this an actual NES game that you play on a Nintendo Entertainment System that has a breathalizer integrated on it or a cartridge with an integrated LCD in which you blow into its underside like we all used to with these things?

I'd sell an organ so I could have the second option. Really.

Tom Goldman:

Seriously though, it doesn't sound like the safest game to try and achieve an all-time high score in. Stick to Pac-Man or Donkey Kong for that.

I don't know about that. I'd rather get completely hammered every night of my life than defy Billy Mitchell.

 

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