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Elon Musk to video game devs: Help me put “super fun games” on Tesla screens

Enlarge / An artist’s approximation of what an in-car Tesla game might look like. Remember, steer into the Nazis.

Scrutiny over Tesla autodriving issues apparently hasn’t dissuaded the car maker’s CEO from suggesting potentially unsafe products—and for once, we don’t mean The Boring Company’s $ 500 flamethrowers.

On Wednesday, Elon Musk used his Twitter account to officially solicit applications from video game developers to work at Tesla—specifically, on games that would be played exclusively within Tesla cars. The below tweet suggests an augmented-reality take on gaming, thanks to its vague call to combine “touch screen, phone, & car irl [in real life].”

Musk followed that up by asking interested game makers to “send examples of prior work” that emphasize “max playability & creativity.” When one Twitter follower suggested that Musk talk to Bioshock series creator Ken Levine, Musk simply replied, “Bioshock is amazing.”

The solicitation came hours after Musk hinted at an Atari-related Easter egg coming to Tesla’s v9.0 software, which will also include “full self-driving features” for compatible cars “in about four weeks.” Musk didn’t clarify exactly what that Easter egg will look like or which standard Tesla panels and screens would be affected. He did specifically thank Atari for its help on the project, then suggested that he wanted to include a version of Atari’s Pole Position “linked to actual car steering wheel” when the car is “stationary.”

Not real: this fake video suggests modding a Porsche 911 console to support the classic PC game Doom II.

Musk’s call comes roughly one year after a faked YouTube video (above) suggested that someone had modded a Porsche 911 to play Doom II on its center-console screen—complete with directional controls linked to the actual steering wheel. The video drew outrage before its phony origins had been confirmed—though major regulators like the NHTSA did not weigh in on whether such a feature would run afoul of official regulations on cars sold in the United States.

NHTSA representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

This article has been updated to clarify Musk’s example of an Atari game running inside of a Tesla automobile.

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