A departure today from my usual bits about Gloucestershire place names for this little interlude. Wandering aimlessly past a toy shop the other day and here in the window is this little gem. A game called ‘Operation’. No, no, no!!!
I mused on the thought of the creative department of the games company thinking ” What can we do that’s new?” They are well short of any ideas to put to the boss, who’s just come back from a double hernia operation in the local hospital. Seeing his department looking miserable and de-motivated, the boss drops in his own idea and it’s the first thing that comes into his head. “How about we do a game called “Operation”, it’s all about getting bits out of bodies and if you get the wrong bit, there’s no litigation, just a buzzer. They’ll have to but their own batteries, now get to it and make it work, what the hell am I paying you guys for when I come up with all the brilliant ideas!”
Looking at each other with complete disbelief the team put together the game.
It’s a case of “the King’s New Clothes”, where none of them has the guts to tell the boss that this is a disaster waiting to happen.
It ends up in a shop reduced to a figure that is not far from the production costs.
4 thoughts on “Operation, who’s idea was this?”
This game is very old and used to be popular when I was a child, so actually, I’m sure it’s more than paid for itself in production costs. It’s actually a pretty fun game though the concept behind it might just make one a bit uneasy…true. I also bought a Spongebob version for my son a few years ago.
Ooops! Looks like I have it wrong, and that the game encouraged a generation of caring doctors.Perhaps.
Yes, it was simply inspirational!
I’ll take your word for it, my daughter tells me it appeared on ‘Friends’ so I must have got it wrong….