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No Pineapple Left Behind, an education management sim, parodies
former President George Bush's No Child Left Behind Act by allowing players to turn disobedient or underperforming students into pineapples. Unlike humans, pineapples cannot get A's. However, they are more respectful of
authority, study harder, and in general make for better pupils.
With a name hailing from a political act, it should surprise
few that No Pineapple Left Behind engages complex issues like conformity and
bullying. In Subaltern Games' most recent developer diary, team lead Seth Alter
discusses how to deal with a crossdressing student named David. Freedom of expression
prevails if players purchase and use anti-teasing lasers, a process Alter
describes as "complicated, expensive, and annoying." The other option? Turn him into a compliant pineapple.
details on this scenario, check out the video below. If you are interested in watching the game's original trailer, we first reported on No Child Left Behind in April.
No Pineapple Left Behind releases on PC in 2016, giving us plenty to time to ponder solutions to the problem posed in this developer diary. How would you resolve David's situation? Let us know in the comments.
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You had me at "crossdress"
Well pineapples are delicious and badass looking... Where's the downside again?
SJW games are driving me up the wall. I'm sure this will get rave reviews like the non game Gone Home.
After I turn the cross-dressing student into a pineapple, can I also give him/her/it detention for the rest of the year? And then fail them anyway? And then give them summer school? And then fail them at summer school? How much control the player has will determine if I buy this game or not. Also if it's trying to brainwash me into being PC I won't buy it.
Also while I'm giving them detention for forever and failing them at life I want to be able to call their parents every day and berate them for being failures who gave birth to a failure.