Casual game maker Majesco is releasing Air Traffic Chaos for the Nintendo DS. If you're nothing at all like me, you've always envied the fun adventurous, carefree life of our nation's air traffic controllers, and now you'll get to fly a mile in their sensible shoes.
Developed by Sonic Powered Co., Air Traffic Chaos "thrusts players into the hotseat of an air traffic controller whose job is to safely manage a myriad of takeoffs and landings at busy airports around the world," or, as Gui Karyo, Executive Vice President of Operations at Majesco, put it, "Air Traffic Chaos means fun is taking off from Terminal A*."
G4's Robt. Juster feels that this game and Bus Driver are part of a secret indoctrination program to subconsciously get more kids to want to be federal employees when they grow up.
It comes out on July 29th.
* A brief note on press releases: We don't believe Gui Karyo, Executive Vice President of Operations at Majesco, ever actually said "Air Traffic Chaos means fun is taking off from Terminal A."
He "said" that in the form of a press release quote, which we assume was written by a publicist and possibly "signed off on" by Gui Karyo, Executive Vice President of Operations at Majesco.
Usually, we wouldn't call attention to the artificial nature of these kinds of statements, but in this case, we're making exception because: A) We're bored, and B) it's such an obviously fake quote, it calls attention to itself, and we don't want to lie to you about who said what.
But hey, maybe we're wrong. Maybe that's how Gui Karyo, Executive Vice President of Operations at Majesco actually speaks. If so, we want to hang out with that guy!
Also, the announcement of this game occasioned the following email exchange between G4tv.com Boss Juster and X-Play Producers Matt Keil and Blair Herter:
Rob: I think that public bus driving sim just got leapfrogged on my "do want" list. Is there some kind of secret indoctrination program to subconsciously get more kids to want to be federal employees when they grow up?
Blair: Yeah, it's called "public school"
Matt: Why does Rumble Pack support make it more realistic? I realize a jet impacting the ground probably registers on the local Richter scale, but how often do they expect the player to screw up?
Rob: If you were playing this game at the airport and spent the entire time purposefully crashing planes and laughing manically (which is exactly what I'd do), does that constitute a terrorist threat?
Matt: Not unless you keep looking out the window at the runways with a disappointed look on your face.
(more as this important story develops.)
UPDATE 4.14.08: there is more to the story! I just heard from Liz Buckley, Majesco's director of marketing, and she informed me that, Gui Karyo "did indeed write that portion of the quote for himself."