This March, Pipe Trouble takes a clever new spin on an old arcade classic and uses over-the-top satire to prompt larger mainstream discussion for ongoing real-world issues surrounding the exploitation of natural gas.
Tasked with building their own pipeline, players try to balance the financial demands of using the least pipe to make the most money against the impact on local environment and neighbouring farms. On the right, a gas company rep keeps track of budget and continually pushes to create the most direct economical route – every piece of pipe costs money and every second counts. Meanwhile, on the left a local farmer gauges impact on the area and community. Lay too close to the pastures and risk springing a leak that kills livestock and makes people sick. Build through forest or near residences and incite protesters that block your way. Suffer a leak or raise local indignation too far and risk potential sabotage that could sink the operation!
Pipe Trouble explores timely issues in an entirely novel way without immediately vilifying industry, all designed to prompt larger mainstream discussion and also build awareness for the forthcoming March theatrical release and TVO broadcast of the documentary film Trouble in the Peace. Throughout the month of March, Pipe Trouble will disseminate in retro-style arcade cabinets at unconventional high traffic locations across Ontario including universities, tourist attractions and city centres.
Watch out for it in the Gladstone lobby!
Pipe Trouble is a Pop Sandbox Production, produced in collaboration with Six Island Productions and TVO with the support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation and the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund.