Monday, February 21, 2011

Will Wright Moves To TV

First off, this is a pretty crappy article from CNN. I think the writer was trying everything in his power to make sure that every single angle was covered so as not to provide a biased point of view. In doing so, he was asking for quotes and comments from people where it had nothing to do with the content that was being focused on.

Anyway, to skip the stupid stuff, scroll to the bottom of the article at On TV, a different type of interactivity.

Wright enjoys his games, but feels that the television medium is best for telling stories. And if you've been living under a rock Wright's games don't really tell stories. They allow the user to make their own. He's done this with other games as well, such as Grand Theft Auto by bypassing the main plot points and making his own story. Hurray for open-world games.

In looking for a story to tell, Wright went down a different path from most TV shows. "Bar Karma" which airs on Current TV started out on a website. People submitted ideas for a show on a website and voted on their favorite concepts. The winner was a drama about a mystical bar (Cheers anyone?) where characters have to deal with "real life" issues. So far there is a built in audience of 20-30 somethings, those who voted and participated on the website. Because they put time into making the choice of the show, they have more investment to stick around. But it doesn't stop there. Viewers can still interact with the show and determine future plot-points on the website. While I approve of the audience being involved, I have to wonder how long this will last. Hopefully they are not providing pivotal plot-points for everyone to see before an episode airs. Might turn people off from being surprised by outcomes.


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