So this is ... odd. Raphael Saadiq, a former singer from Tony! Toni! Tone! -- the California R&B group that serenaded most of my middle-school-dance makeout sessions -- apparently has a Denver-based videogame company called Illfonic. And that company has apparently created a videogame called "Ghetto Golf," a "Tiger Woods"-meets-"Grand Theft Auto" title that sends a strapped golfer hacking through the streets on makeshift holes, capping anyone and anything that stands in his way.
From the MTV.com story:
Get ready, world, for the first video game to mix gunplay with golf clubs -- and possibly the first video game to be inspired by the childhood hobby of an R&B superstar.
"Ghetto Golf" has its roots in Oakland California, where Raphael Saadiq, former star of 1990s R&B group Tony! Toni! Tone!, used to play golf on the streets, improvising golf holes with whatever he could find.
Decades later, Saadiq has his own Denver-based video game company, Illfonic, co-founded by his studio engineer, Brungardt. Their first project is "Ghetto Golf," a planned downloadable game featuring a scrappy young guy named Vonte in the Bay Area who has to find and complete tricky holes of golf that are set in the wilds of the city -- and in the line of fire of gangsters, cops and enemy golfers.
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Needless to say, we'll be getting Saadiq on the phone ASAP to ask about the game and see if he'll sing "It Never Rains in Southern California" while I pretend to slow dance with the girl from social studies class.