Hey Baby!: Shoot down street harassment without the risk of jail time

shoot the "enemy." With each successful hit, a virtual grave pops up marking the space where the incident occurred. The headstones come complete with the offending phrase: "RIP. 'Hey Sweetheart.'" The men's comments range from innocuous to plain ol' aggressive. Players can choose to say thank you or kill the guy.


The graphics probably wouldn't make your everyday gamer swoon, but women finally have a video game to relate and connect to, incorporating their stories directly into the game.



Although the game has no winning component, Looui's goal of "provoking discussion around the contested arena of public space, a space of both conflict and connection," seems to be working. Groups combating street harassment like HollaBackNYC.com and India's Blank Noise project have been raising awareness offline for years, and provided inspiration to Looui in creating Hey Baby!.


I will say, being bombarded with creepy pixel-ated men saying "I love the way you bounce" and "I'm not hungry, but I'd love to take a bite out of you" made it easy to fire my large gun directly into their faces. Granted, it's no technological breakthrough, but Looui's use of technology for social good is admirable.




Hey Baby! Game trailer:



Whether you can relate and want to lay the revenge down thick or simply need to waste a few minutes before work, check out Hey Baby! for yourself. Visit www.heybabygame.com!







We've all been there, ladies. Walking down the sidewalk, zoning out on the latest to-do list, and all of a sudden you're the victim of a drive-by heckle. This harassment not only snaps you out of a very comfortable zone-out session, it also leaves you annoyed and embarrassed—-not to mention it's totally degrading.

Instead of simply being angered by this type of sexual harassment, Suin Looui was inspired after someone called out "Hot Ching Chong!" Soon after, with help from her training in interactive design and resources of Hunter College, Looui created a first-person-shooter video game called Hey Baby! The game not only allows players to interact with male harassers, it provides a place to release some pent up anger on cat-callers.

In Hey Baby!, if the player doesn't appreciate the men's advances, she or he (let's not leave anyone out) can

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