Imagine if Miami Vice's Crockett and Tubbs spent all their time keeping the public safe from those oh-so-dangerous video games.
That's the image I have in my head after reading the Kickstarter pitch for VID Agents, a satirical, 16-episode web series that will "point the finger back at all the people who get cranky about video game violence!"
The show takes place in a world where video games have been outlawed by the U.S. government in an attempt to protect us from their deleterious effects. Of course, "now that they're illegal, the trade of games has become the most violent and profitable portion of the black market."
In order to bust the scumbags who would trade in such contraband, lest they fall in the hands of impressionable children, police officers Gabe Wolfe and Ethan Fox become the inaugural agents of the "Video Game Investigations Division" and work to take down the video game crime ring before it brings southern California to it knees!
The project is the brainchild of Philip Bache, creator of indie film projects and voice director for several high profile video games (how do you think he got John "Duke Nukem" St. John to narrate the pitch video?) who wrote to tell us that this project is "our chance as gamers to make fun of the whole debate" surrounding video game violence.
The Kickstarter is seeking $30,000. For that, Bache promises at least the first three episodes (you can read a sample of the script here). $60k promises the whole shebang which is designed to be watched episodically or as a whole movie. Further stretch goals will up the production quality, bring in Hollywood talent and translate the film into other languages for our international friends to enjoy.
As of this writing, the VID Agents Kickstarter sits at $1,680 with 38 more days to go. You can support the project here.
-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen