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Random: Oddball PS3 catapult game Penn celebrates 15th anniversary



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The early days of PS Store were very different from what we know and love today; The Plaza was, effectively, a web page in those very early PS3 days. But it represents an important period of experimentation for Sony, and its output is highly reflective of that early era of digital downloads.

One such game released exclusively on the PS Store – though eventually released physically, on Blu-ray, in Europe – was Pain by a developer called Idol Minds. The team would later rebrand itself as Deck None and go on to create Life is Strange: True Colors, but its initial PS Store effort couldn’t be more different.

Partially inspired by Burnout’s crash mode, your objective was to drive a human from a catapult and actually do a lot of damage, well, the pain possibly. The title was truly quirky: it featured PlayStation characters such as Fat Princess and Buzz, as well as cameos from the likes of George Takei and David Hasselhoff.

The game is officially 15 years old today, and the PS Store has changed a lot in that time. While most of these improvements are for the better, we miss the feeling of early digital downloads like this; We miss the experimental aspect, when publishers were trying to figure out what worked in a new and emerging market.

Time for a sequel, we suppose.


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