In the ’80s and early ’90s, video games were like the Wild West. Any developer could essentially release whatever sort of content they wanted without having to answer to anybody. For example: the a 1992 Sega CD game called Night Trap, which featured live-action video of content that could be (and was) considered “sexual.” It was so controversial, in fact, that it and a handful of other games are considered the catalysts for the ESRB rating system, which you now see on every major video game.
It’s been 25 years since this odd pillar of video game history was released, and to celebrate the milestone, Limited Run Games is re-releasing Night Trap for Playstation 4 and Xbox One, currently slated for sometime this spring ( via Polygon).
The game’s original creators tried to get a remastered edition of the game off the ground back in 2014 with a Kickstarter campaign, but it ultimately fell well short of its goal. Still, Night Trap found its way back on the market somehow. For those who haven’t heard of it, the game (or interactive movie, as it has been more accurately put) chronicles a slumber party gone wrong in a deadly way. As the player, you’re a member of the “Special Control Attack Team,” tasked to protect the guests and figure out just what is going on.
The video is delightfully cheesy and of its era (and it stars Diff’rent Strokes‘ Dana Plato), so while Night Trap may or may not still hold up as a game, it’s certainly an interesting time capsule into pioneering video games of the early ’90s.
Did you play Night Trap back in its day? Either way, are you looking forward to the new version? Let us know!
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