For anyone who isn’t familiar with the Oxford May morning tradition – hundreds of people gather near Magdalen College to listen to the college choir singing from the top of Magdalen tower at 6am, invariably followed by brave/drunk/insane people jumping from Magdalen Bridge into the river Cherwell below. Due to serious injuries sustained by people jumping from the bridge in recent years, a heavy police presence is at the bridge to discourage people from doing this.
A couple of years ago I teamed up with a developer friend to conceptualize and create a Facebook game which we called Mayday Mayhem. Our aim was to recreate this bizarre May morning Oxford ritual, in a fun, lighthearted way. The aim of the game is very simple: you are a Policeman patrolling the river Cherwell below Magdalen Bridge, you have to do your utmost to apprehend as many of the drunken May Day revelers as you can in your boat as they throw themselves from the bridge parapet.
As Part of the May Day reporting this year, The Oxford Mail ran a short story about our MayDay Mayhem game which you can read here!