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Posted: Jan 19th 2010 8:16AM (Unverified) said

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What is this "tee-vee" thing you speak of?

Posted: Jan 19th 2010 8:38AM (Unverified) said

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Unless they work out the world wide rights of broadcasting the TV side of things, it won't see a good deal of success, a US only MMO will not produce the revenue required to support it.

Posted: Jan 19th 2010 8:39AM DrewIW said

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What happens when the game or the show bombs? I'm not sure I would want to play a game tied to the whims of television networks.

Posted: Jan 19th 2010 8:47AM LaughingTarget said

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It's an interesting idea, but seeing as I've dumped cable two years ago (not enough on to justify the cost plus Hulu et al offering it up for nothing), I probably won't bother.

Posted: Jan 19th 2010 8:53AM (Unverified) said

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There are a lot of little things I expect from this, and would enjoy. As hotspots emerge, they become new settings in the tv show. TV within-the-show, news articles, billboards, all of these could be littered with shoutouts to players, perhaps even an aspect of being on certain leaderboards.

There's a lot of room for cross-pollination between developers and producers, but a MMO player-driven TV show? I don't think that's what they're saying at all, and I'm pretty sure it ain't gonna happen.

Posted: Jan 19th 2010 9:39AM Joystiq Login Bugs SUCK said

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Syfy? Wow, that sounds like a bad contagious disease!

Posted: Jan 19th 2010 12:27PM LaughingTarget said

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So, if you don't have the channel, is it Syfyless?
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Posted: Jan 19th 2010 10:02AM (Unverified) said

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To me this whole concept seems like it would be extremely difficult to do in a way that is worth doing I mean sure they could set it up so that the main storyline of the inital game lead into the 1st season of the show then xpac carrying on from the events at the end of the 1st season and alternate as such but that would be awefully sucky for someone who just watches the show and really no different to what is already done to an extent with novels and games and player actions wouldn't likely have any real impact on the show.

The only way I can really see this working in a worthwhile way would require a single server (this is the only way you could really determine a canon from the game) for all players with open ended content where the players actions impact the overall story and geopolitical landscape of the game.

For example where faction x is fighting faction y and players through their actions could cause x or y to win or even cause both to lose or reach a treaty and read players as the being the most organized, skilled and committed guilds having the greatest impact on outcome.

The show would best be served as being a glorified series of machinima where the show is animated using the games engine.

Posted: Jan 19th 2010 10:08AM Stormwaltz said

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I don't watch television anymore (I didn't even bother to get cable connected the last time I moved), and "SyFy" burned their last point of credibility when they started spelling their name in l33tspeak.

If the game is good, I'll play it. The television portion is wholly irrelevant.

Posted: Jan 19th 2010 10:40AM (Unverified) said

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They should at least be applauded with doing something new. Definitely feel it's a long shot though.

Posted: Jan 19th 2010 11:00AM CCon99 said

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I still refuse to call the SciFi Channel by its new name.

Posted: Jan 19th 2010 12:10PM Interitus said

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me too. I remember getting a survey from NBC asking me what I thought of the name and changes. Needless to say I think they got the feeling where I stood.
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Posted: Jan 19th 2010 11:54AM (Unverified) said

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I think its a great idea as long as the quality of the show matches that of the game, and vice versa. I would watch a weekly WoW TV show where events in the series matched in-game World Events and where next week's show reflected what happened overall during the event.

Posted: Jan 19th 2010 2:09PM Lateris said

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WNBC can hardly run the syfy channel as it is from a fans perspective. They are completely out of touch with the market despite their surveys. I think it is a fun idea, but one that will end in frustration. Is this game a web browser based game?

Posted: Jan 19th 2010 6:48PM SkuzBukit said

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The thing that this "TVMMO" & other Trion networks "in the works" titles like Heroes of Telara refer back to is some form on ingenious server-side voodoo.

To my knowledge from stuff I've read in interviews and articles across the web this becomes the 3rd title in current development for Trion & they have some heavyweight investment, hardware, & industry talent from gaming & tv involved.

The thing I am most sceptical about is the tv show rather than the game, SyFy has a reputation of making low-grade shows/movies from their own studios, they are the "b-movie" makers in an increasingly "AAA movie" styled tv show industry, take shows like Heroes, Flash-Forward Lost etc into account & you see an emerging quality to tival hollywood on tv sci-fi shows (along with budgets to match), & SyFy is still churning out mush.

That scepticism from me extends to my thinking that the lack of quality in the tv show may negatively impact the game, dodgy stories are dodgy stories regardless of the medum used to convey them.

As for Trion, well with no prior released titles they are still an unknown quantity in terms of MMO creation, but they must have a few aces up their sleeves to pull in the kind of funding they have, Trion's partner's/investors must clearly know something we don't yet, but how well that will translate into finished product is a mystery.

One to watch though.

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