Lazer Pointer was an old NES game coming out of the US during the early 90s after the success of the Megaman series a few developers got together and planned to launch a more hardcore version of the kids friendly Blue Bomber. Thus Lazer Pointer was born. Lazer Pointer was a more edgey anti-hero and fought two evil groups: Future Utopian Civilization and the Killers of Unpretty People or F.U.C.K.U.P. More so the organizations were supposed to be a front for Great Britain attempting a hostile take over of the Colonies and was rumoured to end with Lazer Pointer blowing up Big Ben then shooting his lazer finger into the Queen’s eye and blowing her head up as a blatant ripoff of Bionic Commando. At which point Lazer Pointer holds aloft an American Flag and declares, “Don’t be a F.U.C.K.U.P. and Winner’s don’t do drugs!” Compounding on this the game featured such tag lines as, “Aim for the Eyes” and “Don’t be a F.U.C.K.U.P.” garnering yet more negative attention. The year the infamous “Aim for the Eyes” ad was released many parents had filed complaints with their children’s gaming magazines siting laser pointer related eye problems instigated by the game’s tag line.
This lead right away to controversy within the community as many didn’t think that video gaming was ready for this kind of game. But the developers finished the game anyway despite news outlets getting early wind of the story and despite many companies stating that they would not distribute the game. Upon completion all held to their word and the game had never reached wide release. Roughly a dozen copies of the game were made for review, but that’s it. Bankrupt and with a flop on their hands they trashed the project and the world quickly forgot about Lazer Pointer.
Years later in 96 an old fan of the game bought the license from the original creators and attempted a more kid friendly reincarnation of the hero attempting to sell it as “The New Megaman” Lazer Pointer kept its original design and enemies, but the plot was changed now he was a hero trying to show the world the dangers of laser pointers by shooting people in the eyes and having to apologize after discovering it hurt them. It was a kid friendly game and parents loved the idea. With a new tag line “Beware the Shining Finger!” This held for a while as attention gathered in support of a game that showed children that actions had consequences and parents were ready to buy it up the holiday season. It made it as far as packaging with over 10,000 cartridges ready for shipping when a notice came in from Bandai entertainment at the use of “Shining Finger” which was featured prominently in the Japanese Series Mobile Fighter G Gundam. When the developer made a public statement regarding how he would not let some, “Communist Japs” from keeping his game released he was quickly slammed with several lawsuits and no one would buy the game of an openly racist developer. Unable to recover from the scandal the production house closed its doors only days before shipping with all copies of the game having been disposed of.
In limbo again for several years in 2013 Lazer Pointer was rediscovered after a handful of people began talking and found that the mixed history of this game was too good to let go. Obtaining the rights to the character license Lazer Pointer again began production as a retro Megaman knock off complete with it’s original concept of fighting F.U.C.K.U.P and over throwing the British Crown. Aimed to be a self aware dark comedy with a retro tinge the game is currently being worked on and is looking forward to release in the near future.
“Don’t be a F.U.C.K.U.P!”