It is Chloe Desmoineaux who is taking the charge of molding the game Counter-Strike, the first person shooter game from Valve, into Lipstrike; with a tube of lipstick acting as a trigger for her weapons. And, this new idea is unique as she wants to change the typical norm that Counter-Strike is one of those games that’s mainly attributed to a male audience.
This is the same kit that has been used to create a Play-Doh gamepad for Super Mario Bros since it lets you turn almost anything into a button. Desmoineaux ordered a Makey Makey kit, which allows you to alligator-clip nearly anything into a button input. Her first experiment was played with a chunk of ginseng, where the perennial’s roots would continue to sprout into the computer monitor upon contact.
In Lipstrike, the lipstick is like a touchscreen. Perhaps it assumes you have Desmoineaux changed a habit of kissing your smartphone. Desmoineaux changed Counter-Strike’s defaults so that more could be done with one hand one the mouse, left-click to move forward, right to aim and the scroll-wheel to switch weapons. The most prestigious function – spraying bullets at your opponents, is done by pressing the tube of lipstick to your face.
As for Lipstrike, she feels it works best as a performance, encouraging people to tune into her ongoing battles in the war on terror with the same stone concentrated expression and gestures one would make before hitting the town.