Posts Tagged "Convergence"

Should Hollywood Stay Away from Games?

Should Hollywood Stay Away from Games?

The Weinstein Company recently announced the assembly of TWC Games. The new division will reportedly brew up video games based on popular Weinstein Company TV and movie properties including Scream, Halloween, and Hellraiser. The venture has been met with some skepticism. When we talk about games based on movies (or vice-versa), we cringe automatically. “Sorry, but TWC is doomed from the start,” writes James Brightman from IndustryGamers. Given the piles...

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Working with Outside IP, Part 2

Working with Outside IP, Part 2

In October 2010, Georgia-based Hi-Rez Studios purchased the Tribes franchise from InstantAction. This article is the second in a multipart series analyzing why the company made its decision and how it plans to incorporate this externally created game. Part I examined some of the reasons behind the acquisition. Part III, after The new Tribes game is released, will address how reality met intentions. Buying something as involved as a video game IP that has gone...

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Interactive Fiction: Video Game Storytelling

Interactive Fiction: Video Game Storytelling

Interactive fiction and adventure gaming fans should be sure to check out the latest episode of Game Theory with Scott Steinberg. Our new documentary film “Interactive Fiction: The Art of Video Game Storytelling” (seen here) reveals what’s next for virtual narrative. The movie, featuring today’s top writers and game designers, provides an in-depth look at the past, present and future of video game storytelling. In the film, the field’s...

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Building Transmedia Worlds

Building Transmedia Worlds

Transmedia storytelling, the art of telling related stories across different media platforms, has recently become the topic of much thought, discussion and implementation. This is not a new concept, but with technology now offering us more platforms, it is finally becoming a substantive and legitimate one. A story can originate in a video game, a book, a graphic novel, a movie, a television show or even a toy. Star Wars is an important modern example of transmedia...

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Can Video Game Cutscenes Make a Movie?

Can Video Game Cutscenes Make a Movie?

In 2001, you were probably bright-eyed and optimistic about the upcoming release of a little computer-animated movie called Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. And then you actually saw the movie, and a little bit of your innocence dove heavily into the pit of your stomach and died. “That was awful,” you said once the credits started rolling (if you made it that far). “You know what Square needs to do? Square just needs to take the cutscenes from...

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