London, England – If the South African soccer team wins the 2010 World Cup there might have to be an asterisk entered into the record book – “World Cup won by an undue competitive advantage, the excessive blaring of vuvuzela horns!” Unheeded protests were filed before the World Cup commenced June 11 that the obnoxious noise of vuvuzela horns at the Soccer City Johannesburg, South Africa, home stadium would distract opponents, interfere with broadcasters, and give an unfair advantage to the home team.
Protests were filed by several teams including Japan, Spain and Thailand and objections were raised by ESPN, CNN and other broadcasters but the request to ban the long, slender vuvuzela plastic trumpets were denied by the soccer governing body – FIFA.
“You can’t hear what your team-mates are saying from two meters away,” says Japan defender Tulio Marcus Tanaka. “You have to go up to them to give instructions.” Bryan Robson, Thailand manager and former England captain, questioned: “If the 30,000 vuvuzelas in a recent South African game can make such a racket, what will 90,000 be able to do when South Africa plays in the World Cup?” Xabi Alonso, Spain’s midfielder, adds: “I think they should be banned. They are a distraction and do nothing for the atmosphere.”
Some million vuvuzelas have been sold in the build-up to the World Cup. They are blown continuously by South African fans in the belief that the noise intimidates the opposition. Audiologists have warned that prolonged exposure can damage fans’ hearing and have advised them to wear ear plugs during games at the 95,000-seat Soccer City stadium.
Soccer fans worldwide upset by the decision not to ban vuvuzelas now have a fun way to vent their anger and disappointment by playing a newly-released game on an iPhone app called Vuvuzaga – the ‘parody’.
Vuvuzaga takes players on a ride through a stadium to banish the long, noisy vuvuzela horns that South African fans love to blow during a football game. And the best news is that soccer fans can vent their anger, frustration and disappointment for only 99 cents by downloading Vuvuzaga at App Store.
“The game takes frustrated soccer fans out of their misery in a humorous way by using such characters as the Fat Banker, a WAG or a chav,” says Chuck Edward of London, developer of this fun and whacky iPhone game. “While the vuvuzela will be present at the World Cup games, livid soccer fans at least can get the satisfaction of blotting out the horns in the virtual world.” The game is suitable for all ages, is simple to use.
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iPhone OS 3.1.3 or later
* 9.5 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Vuvuzaga 1.0 is only $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.
Developed by Chuck Edward of London, Vuvuzaga allows soccer fans to take the vuvuzela saga into their own hands by entering a virtual stadium where several spectators are happily blowing their vuvuzela horns and sneak up and banish their horns. There are three avatars to choose from, a Fat Banker who is rich but can’t stand the noise of vuvuzelas, a size-zero WAG determined to ensure your whinny tinny voice is heard and a chav, doing all it can to be mischievous. Copyright (C) 2010 Chuck Edward. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.