Beloved muppets Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and his assistant Beaker made a special guest appearance at the 2019 Game Awards to present the award for Games for Impact. Before the duo presented us with the nominees for this year's award, their skit gave us the teaser of a new indie game we're all dying to play: the Untitled Beaker Game.
Untitled Beaker Game is a VR game.
In a charming acknowledgement to the influence that indie games have, Dr. Bunsen and Beaker introduced us to Untitled Beaker Game, which can only be played on the "Muppet Labs proprietary next-generation technology: VR supergluey goggles."
Dr. Bunsen introduces the new technology as Beaker comes up to the stage from the "basement," wearing the goggles on his face. Beaker proudly shows them off before Dr. Bunsen exclaims "you can put them on, but you can't take them off!"
The duo introduces the Untitled Beaker Game, and the trailer plays. It's a parody of the hit indie game Untitled Goose Game, where players run around trying to cause chaos as a troublesome goose, honking at children until they cower into phone booths and stealing gardeners' keys.
In the trailer, Beaker is the goose, though he's much more timid than the real devilsome goose is. We see him chased away by the gardener and swatted at with a broom by the shopkeeper, much like the goose does in the game.
Of course, the goose has to make an appearance in this game. As Beaker rounds the corner, he runs into the goose, who then honks at him as Beaker runs away.
The game is clearly a hit with the audience. But it doesn't stop there — turns out, the goose followed Dr. Bunsen and Beaker to the awards, and made a special guest appearance. He tries honking through the announcement of the nominees until Beaker wrestles him to get him to keep quiet.
Don't believe us? You can watch the entire scene unfold below.
Is Untitled Beaker Game real?
Unfortunately, no — but we sure wish it were. The teaser was just for the skit, but let's be honest, we wouldn't mind if such a parody was actually real.
But while this wasn't an announcement of a new spinoff of the popular goose game, maybe this is a suggestion that Untitled Goose Game will be adapted for VR very soon.
Who won the award for Games for Impact?
The Games for Impact award is given to "a thought-provoking game with a pro-social meaning or message," according to the Game Awards website.
This year, the nominees included 'Concrete Genie' from Pixelopus and Sony Interactive Entertainment, 'Gris' from Nomada Studio and Devolver Digital Games, 'Kind Words' from Popcannibal, 'Life is Strange 2' from DONTNOD and Square Enix, and 'Sea of Solitude' from Jo-Mei Games and EA.
The game to take home the award this year was Gris, a Spanish indie game following a "hopeful young girl lost in her own world, dealing with a painful experience in her life," according to the game's description on the Nintendo website. "Her journey through sorrow is manifested in her dress, which grants new abilities to better navigate her faded reality. As the story unfolds, Gris will grow emotionally and see her world in a different way, revealing new paths to explore using her new abilities."