Play it now: Stick Shift

Do you want to have a homoerotic experience with your manual transmission? Yeah, of course you do. Come on, you saucy saucepot, don't tell me you never found it a little hot, all that ignition, the sleek, firm bulb of the gear shift trembling in your palm.

Robert Yang's latest game, Stick Shift, explores the intimate relationship between a man and his gay car, although you don't need to be a man or a vehicle to enjoy it. The game opens with all the familiar auditory foreplay that comes with driving: The click of the seatbelt, the hum and thunk of the dashboard lights. Then you give it gas and flick-tug into gear, and as the car vibrates to life, you, the driver, are washed in bug-eyed bliss and the nocturnal luminescence of the road.

It's worth trying for that moment alone, when Davey and the Chains' "Crybaby" smacks you in the face. And also for the red-faced humiliation you'll feel when you stall, rattling and screeching.

I've never felt so impotent. I wish I'd learned to drive standard. No idea. You can laugh.

Robert Yang's Stick Shift is free to download, but the developer accepts donations toward his ongoing work (you've already read about his game Hurt Me Plenty here on Offworld). Stick Shift contains no actual sex or nudity and is safe for work. stickshift2

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  1. Hm, I suspect actually driving stick is not exactly the same as a video game. In fact, the skills may not transfer well. See also: Kung Fu.

  2. Case in point: If you're actually a guitar player, Guitar Hero is easier on mute.

    (Rock Band, actually, is easier if you play)

  3. I don't think driving dynamics realism is the point here. Except for the "demonic lights shooting out of eyes" effect when shifting to third, that happens to all of us.

  4. How about the converse: will 10,000 hours of Guitar Hero make you an actual hero on an actual guitar? I have my doubts.

  5. Strangely, playing lots of Rock Band does actually translate over to actually playing drums.

    My drummer back from when I was in a band says it's the best beginning drums tutorial he's ever seen.

    I have another friend who wanted to learn drums, and read about how one could wire up a MIDI drum kit to Rock Band, so he bought himself a $1300 drum kit and did just that.

    Also, have you heard of Rocksmith? It's basically Guitar Hero but the controller is replaced with a real guitar.

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