Sims Creator Will Wright Wants You To Create A TV Show
Author: Jason J. Hughes
published: 2010-03-31 19:30:54
As awesome as that World of Warcraft episode of South Park was, are we ready for a TV series set in the world of The Sims? Nevertheless, Sims creator Will Wright is looking to bring something very like that, though not exactly, to Al Gore's Current TV. It would, however, allow you and me to create episodes.
Wright's new series is called The Creation Project. According to Mashable.com, he has created a "Storymaker Engine," which provides end-users like us with everything we need to create our very own stories. Fans would then create their submissions and send them in. Wright, along with former Nickelodeon an Spike TV president Albie Hecht and a team of trained monkeys (or people) will sift through the sludge pile to find the cream of the crop.
Those episodes would then air on the show in half-hour installments. Interestingly enough, the idea of an ongoing story being compelling enough to draw in fans has already been explored in Alice and Kev, an experimental blog wherein Robin Burkinshaw set up her father and daughter characters as homeless people, to see how that would color their experiences in the Sim-reality.
The site became a huge success almost overnight, with many fans waiting breathlessly for the next installment. It was emotionally touching, shocking and funny all at the same time, and this was with Burkinshaw only having the limited control The Sims interface allows you to have. Plus, we got only her words and screen shots, which surely helped with the drama, but it still proves that stories of regular people in this format can resonate with us.
Red vs. Blue is a great example of comedy using video game footage, so I think this is an incredibly bold and innovative step forward for interactive television, which means it's really no surprise that Wright is the man behind the vision.
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