For years, whenever you’ve thought of what the prototypical golfer looks like, you’ve no doubt always envisioned some country club-living white guy with an alligator on his polo shirt, and some ugly pants. The reason for this is because the game of professional golf is generally populated by just that, with a few Hispanics and Asians thrown in for good measure. As for African-Americans, they’re pretty few and far between in the sport.
Go ahead. Try to think of any African-American golfer on the PGA Tour not named Tiger Woods. You can’t, can you? This is a problem the PGA has been trying to rectify since Tiger burst onto the scene, as they’ve looked for ways to integrate the game amongst black Americans. Something tells me the latest video game from Illfonic is not what they were looking for, though. Ladies and gents, meet Ghetto Golf.
From DEVIL BALL GOLF:
A video game developed by Illfonic and seeking a publisher, it’s billed as “Billy Madison” meets “Friday.” (Perhaps they meant “Happy Gilmore”?) MTV Multiplayer more accurately nails it as “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas” meets “Tiger Woods ‘09.” And based on that screenshot above, you can get a pretty good idea of what’s involved — cruising through a blighted urban landscape using your golf club to bash the heck out of stuff. You know, just like Davis Love III and Charles Howell III used to do when they were kids.
Anyway, you’re supposed to play an 18-hole “course” here, but you’ve got to traverse all kinds of terrain and dodge any number of bad guys to even find the freakin’ holes. Plus, you get to make use of explosive golf balls, rubber golf balls and spiked golf balls, just like Stevie Williams keeps tucked away in Tiger’s bag. You shoot golf balls through dumpsters and abandoned buildings, working your way up from mean, gang-ridden, war-torn streets all the way to the country club, exactly like Phil Mickelson did.
Well, not exactly like Mickelson did. He also killed hundreds of rival gang-bangers on his way to PGA stardom. I saw it on an episode of History Channel’s “Gangland”, where I learned Phil’s street name was B****h Tits. Though, to be honest, I may have just been drunk and hallucinating at the time.
Anyway, I tend to agree with Jay Busbee over at DEVIL BALL GOLF - this game is probably going to catch some heat if it ever finds a publisher and hits gaming consoles across the country, but I hope it does.
I know I’d play it.