3 December 2008


PainStation is “a contemporary dueling system”. PainStation comprises a box structure housing a horizontal screen over which the two players face each other. The software is based on Pong, an early computer game. Players use their right hands to control a bat on screen, and must keep their left hand on the console’s “pain execution unit”. Removing your hand means breaking the circuit – game over. During play, if your screen bat misses a ball, your left hand suffers the consequences through the application of heat, electric shocks or a quick whipping on the back of your hand. PainStation marks out a new territory in convergent media and may well inspire the games industry to further innovations. En garde!