Wipeout: now with graphic violence

If you’ve always wanted to try your hand at Wipeout‘s elimination course, and/or you’ve always wanted there to be more entrails left behind after someone wipes out, here’s a game for you: Happy Wheels.

The game is old but the course, modeled after the ABC reality series, is new. After selecting a character–options include someone in a grocery store motorized cart, a guy on a Segway, Santa, and a man and a kid on a bike–you navigate the obstacles, including the big balls. Instead of mud and water, though, there are spikes. And any error, such as getting punched by the punching wall, will result in injury to your character. Graphic, violent, bloody, gross, hilarious injury.

The Verge notes that this “game has been around for a while, but it’s certainly evolved” because there’s “a vibrant map-making community,” which produced the Wipeout course (it’s by FireNine09).

Play Happy Wheels: Wipeout edition here. You can also watch replays of other people’s successful–or not so successful–attempts to navigate the course, most of which include graphic violence.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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