It is. It really is.
Okay, so I’ve put it up on the Android store. You can check it out here.
It’s pretty rough. Like I said before, it was never finished. I just wrapped up the edges, and put it out to get it off the table. If you play it (which you probably shouldn’t), and you have any strong opinions on anything, go ahead and comment here or in the forums.
I’d prefer that it not be crashing people’s phones or tablets, so let me know if that happens, and what was going on at the time. I may, or may not, be able to fix it.
A couple years ago, due to crushing poverty, I had to sell my car and switch to a smaller mode of transportation. I got a scooter. This has been bugging me today, so here are some things I’ve learned from riding my scooter around here in Iowa:
1. Most people have really horrible spatial perception.
For the most part, they can’t tell where you are, or where they are. They seem surprised when they hit things that were looking directly at.
2. And they’re even worse at judging speeds.
Doesn’t matter how fast I’m moving, everyone seems convinced I’m travelling far slower than they are. As if by nature of being on a scooter, I can’t go above 1/2 a mile an hour. And I’ve tested it, to boot. I went 40 in a 25 a few times one afternoon. All 6 of the vehicles that came up behind me went up to 50 to pass me as soon as they saw me. In a 25 zone. One of them even almost hit an old lady that was crossing the street. They slammed on their brakes, skidded for about 80 feet, and almost wrecked into a tree. All because they had to pass me, because I had to be going slowly, because I was on a scooter.
3. They believe turn signals make you intangible.
When you slow down to turn, they won’t slow down. They seem to believe that as long as my turn signal is on, my Scooter is intangible, like a ghost or some shit.
4. Right of way doesn’t apply with scooters.
Like if I’m waiting at an intersection for a left hand turn, and a car pulls up in the opposing lane of traffic… When its clear to go, the car will pull forward as I’m starting to turn, then get angry at me as I almost smash into their car door. Then they’ll try and yell at me. Point is, Pedestrians can have Right of Way. Cars can have Right of Way. Even Tractors can have Right of Way. But Scooters? They have about as much Right of Way as a McDonalds cup on the interstate, apparently.
5. More drivers are distracted, by more things, than you think.
Being on a scooter, I get to hear the shit that’s going on in other’s people’s cars. A lot. My favorite: An old lady, who was apparently mostly blind, yelling at her GPS about how to get to the retirement home. Old. Blind. Staring at a screen. In a town she doesn’t know. …And traveling at 40 mph down a narrow street with a T intersection in a giant piece of metal doom. Another one, a woman with a kid in the back seat, coffee in one hand, phone in the other, relaying information from the toddler to the phone and back. In the middle of this, she says into the phone: “Hang on, let me google it.” …And then she does. Keep in mind we’re both traveling at 40 mph, inside the town. I’m actually surprised there aren’t more accidents in this town. On paper, this town should have 4-5 people dying in car accidents per day.