Let’s be honest. The most appealing thing about speed skating is the possibility of seeing the competitors bump slightly and careen into a comical pile-up. It’s like NASCAR, except the odds of death by fiery explosion are far lower. Michael Shanks, an Australian filmmaker who also goes by the name “timtimfed,” went ahead and took the slippery Olympic event to its logical conclusion by turning it into Mario Kart. Shanks, who has previously melded the real world with video game worlds in his Skyrim and BioShock Infinite videos, dropped the Mario Kart series’ item boxes and shells into some footage from the Sochi games. The skaters get taken out by green shells and chuck banana peels, and there are a couple of little treats for folks who are familiar with the particulars of Mario Kart. (One nice touch: The background music is a sedate remix of the track that accompanies Mario Kart Double Dash’s “Baby Park,” which is just an oval and is the closest a Mario Kart racetrack has ever gotten to verisimilitude.) There’s also a surprising amount of gore. Less surprising: The racer in last place had to go and ruin it for everyone by using the blue shell. [via Laughing Squid]
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