Machinima Prime’s ‘Player vs Pain’ Just Painful

/ Apr 9, 2013

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Machinima Prime’s new web show Player vs Pain is an over-the top embarrassment, and yeah, everyone involved needs to be spanked.  Launched by G4TV’s Attack of the Show ex-host Kevin Pereira on March 28th,  the series premise revolves around two gamers being tortured by a dominatrix as they try to beat each other in a video game battle. It is low-brow entertainment clearly intended for adolescent man-children and males just hitting puberty, so, perfect for the Machinima network, right? Well, not really.

The first episode, which topped 50,000 views after one week, features Tommy and Eric from the comedy troupe Reckless Tortuga hooked up to an apparatus that violently yanks their underwear up their butts while they Mario Kart. Jokes about prison boyfriends, rape, inflatable hemorrhoid seats and screaming bleeding anus’ abound while the two men yelp in pain.

Appearing super confident in the press release that went out on March 20, Pereira calls Player vs Pain a “twisted concept” but Machinima “clearly know[s] their audience and we’re just happy to produce content we believe in.” A look at the comment section of the first episode, however, shows no one is amused.

If you thought the first episode was bad, the second was so horrible it had to be made private within hours of airing given the community backlash. In the second episode, two female models  – who admit to never playing Rock Band before  – are spanked as they plug away on guitar shaped controllers. The losing model is bent over and paddled some more, and both models pull down their pants to show their reddened cheeks to the camera at one point. In an industry notorious for sexism and even misogynistic attacks against professionals, calling the segment misguided is an extreme understatement.  Machinima Prime, which is supposed to produce the best of the best content on the Machinima network on YouTube, looks like an ass.

No word on whether the second episode will be made public again, but in the meantime, Machinima needs to reevaluate whether or not their target audience is too mature for this type of juvenile content.

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