No Pineapple Left Behind
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.
For more 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.