There are those that say that standards of spelling and grammar are vital to proper communication; that without following them, untold consequences of miscommunication will result. Others hold that only the content of ideas that matter, and that fascist adherence to arbitrary rules misses the forest for the trees. However, Witherworth University Professor Nathaniel Paynuss takes a third tack: that proof-reading is meant to be a weapon to get back at those snotty collegiate brats making fun of him on "The Face Book". In First Person Tutor, an, uh, "educational" arcade word game developed by Big Blue Boo Labs for the 7 Day FPS Game Jam, you play the role of beleaguered TA to the evil professor, held captive by a huge pile of student debt. You have a stack of papers to mark, and a score of professorial grudges Paynuss would be happy to settle by GPA proxy. You know what you need to do.
Using the mouse, scan the submitted paper and mark off all spelling and grammar mistakes by clicking. Move up and down the page by directing the mouse, or use the [WASD] or [arrow] keys. Each mistake spotted will lower the student's grade by a certain amount, with quick spotting leading to combos. Your boss will be vaguely satisfied with handing out a C-, but true success will only come by delivering a total failure. The inherent premise of First Person Tutor should appeal many on the internet, but its dark satire of college politics should give it wider appeal. The papers cover a nice variety of Wikipedia-swiped topics, though one suspects that the more esoteric errors true grammarians may spot may not be recognized. (Curse you dangling participles!) Still, the concept is so unique, and the presentation so polished for a Game Jam work, that players will be surprised how fun it is to get a high score by giving out low ones.