You are in charge of QA testing the game Ural Death Machine, but as new laws and requirements come into action, you end up needing to do far more than just find bugs.
In Obviously Inappropriate Content, you are currently working from home trying to QA test a game. Each day, you are given a bit of work to do, as well as emails to read and a team chat to glance through. Once you have been updated on your tasks for the day though your email reports, you will then need to start playing the game you are meant to be testing.
Ural Death Machine is a scrolling shooter where you must take on loads of enemies, shooting your way through the level before saving a girl from a boss. The beginning of the game is straightforward, with a few bugs here and there. Sometimes, enemies freeze or turn red instead of dying, which will need to be screenshotted and documented. Other times, they end up the wrong way around, sliding across the screen.
You also have commands made by ‘The Supreme Leader’ – to keep video games healthy and positive when it comes to media going out to the world. At first, these are only a few minor changes that need to be made, but with a game called Ural Death Machine, you are doomed to need to censor more and more of the concept you are currently playing through. Much like with finding bugs, you will need to take a screenshot of things that need to be censored and will need to report them at the end of the day.
Once you are done with the level, you must go into your screenshots and select the area of each picture that needs to be changed, followed by the reason this screenshot has been taken, and submit it. After all of your screenshots are tagged and submitted, you can shut down your computer and go to bed for the day.
As you are basically picking out the items that are being censored, you end up getting the bulk of the hate from the developer of the game. They feel that the general idea behind Ural Death Machine is being changed, and you are the one making the changes.
I got the chance to take on the demo of Obviously Inappropriate Content at EGX 2018. Though I found the concept to be quite wonderful, there is a lot of repetition in this game. Not only are the emails very similar (if not exactly the same, but with a different tone) as the chat you are gaining notifications about, but you are QA testing a game – meaning you play the same level over and over. If you aren’t a fan of doing repetitive actions, you might find that you get sick of QA testing and dealing with your team. If that doesn’t scare you away, have a go at the game and see exactly how much censoring gets done before all of the bugs are knocked out.
Obviously Inappropriate Content is available for free on Itch.io.