There's a moment in the first Charlie's Angels film, that underrated and (literally and figuratively) flab-less movie, when Drew Barrymore tumbles semi-naked from the sky into a suburban garden. Two young teenage boys are sat playing Final Fantasy VIII in the front room inside. As they catch sight of her unexpected curves through the double-glazing, the pair pause the game and stare, mouths agog, as this fallen angel slinks off into the night and their forthcoming puberty-soaked dreams.
It's unusual that Hollywood would choose this videogame to illustrate the scene for two reasons. Firstly because, y'know, it's not actually a two-player game and secondly because, regardless of Final Fantasy VIII's merits, a JRPG is probably not representative of what the average non-game playing movie-goer imagines a typical videogame to look and play like.
Despite Wii Sports' educational stabs at the mainstream consciousness, videogames remain, in the minds of the uninitiated populace, hyperactive experiences for kids with short attention spans. They're about little cartoony characters running about dementedly, killing one another in gruesome and repetitive ways. Ask the average Joe what happens in most videogames and they'll probably talk of running over zombies in big-wheeled cars, of maiming axe-murderers with sawn-off shotguns, hurled trash cans and big swords; of a juvenile symphony of camp destruction and brainless button-mashing.
Artificial Studios has announced that it's currently hard at work on Monster Madness, a third-person shooter for PC and Xbox 360. You'll find the first screenshot here.
The game uses a top-down perspective and will feature a co-operative mode for up to four players, online and offline. You'll play as one of four teenagers - Zack, Carrie, Andy and Jennifer - who decide to hold a party when their parents go out of town.
Unfortunately, it coincides with the invasion of an army of monsters, which includes zombies, imps, vampires and ghostly samurai. There are five different environments to fight your way through, including 'Surburban Nightmare', 'High School Hell' and 'The Shopping Mall', and weapons include shotguns, pistols and baseball bats.