Illustration for article titled Kotaku Shop Contest: Pinkwashing

Alright. This one should be fish-in-a-barrel easy.

So it is October, which is officially National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Thing is, because some product manufacturers see the pink ribbon as a really good way to sell stuff to a female demographic, by the second week this starts feeling a little like National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Awareness Month.


Others have also figured out it's really good PR. This is where we come in. Video games are commonly parodied in mainstream media as a lazy, antisocial pastime at best and an irredeemably corrupting and/or addictive influence at most. Wonder if they'd change their tune if James Earl Cash took to wearing a pink jumpsuit in Manhunt?

Your assignment: Pinkwash any game. The funniest ones, of course, will be the games that seem to be the most obnoxiou and least socially conscious or public spirited. I'm thinking this could really get Medal of Honor out of its OPFOR jam-up.

Post your submissions in the comments. The 20 best will get rounded up and published at the end of next Saturday. Meantime, I and the rest of the starred commentariat will approve and promote as many as we can so folks can see them and pass judgment. Remember, if you're trying to get a comment account approved, turning in a worthy 'shop is an easy path to the privilege.

As to Breast Cancer Awareness, this is supposed to be a funny and ironic theme to a contest. If you start using the comments here to complain about the campaign or which form of cancer deserves more awareness, you risk all sorts of moderation, up to and including banning. Post 'Shops and/or comment on those. The rest is off-topic.

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