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Posted: Mar 23rd 2011 11:12AM jpkustra said

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I would rather see this on HBO, STARZ or Showtime but I will definitely be interested in checking out how they pull it off.

Posted: Mar 23rd 2011 11:35AM Yellowdancer said

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From the little promo video, it looks to be either a FPS or 3rdPS. Some kind of alternate world think. I remember thinking tabula rasa when watching the vid. I'm sure its on you tube. Was on syfy's website for a while. Should be on Trion's site somewhere.

Posted: Mar 23rd 2011 11:50AM aurickle said

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Posted: Mar 23rd 2011 11:51AM Lateris said

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I have been interested to see how this project works out.

Posted: Mar 23rd 2011 12:40PM Halldorr said

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@Lateris

Same here, one of the reasons why I am supporting Rift as well. Would like to see Trion get this one right as I think the concept is pretty cool.
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Posted: Mar 23rd 2011 12:59PM Tom in VA said

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This sounds a bit gimmicky to me. I'll keep an eye on it, though.

If it's a shooter, however, count me out. :)

Posted: Mar 23rd 2011 1:05PM Space Cobra said

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I am interested, too, but with a large grain of salt!

I am interested in the TV-to-MMO thing and how they will handle it, but I can also forsee them doing something "separate" from what is currently on "this week's episode".

And really, I think most of the internet hates SeeFee (SyFy?) now. Did you read all the publicity stroking they were doing in that big long article? I had to roll my eyes of all this "chest-puffing" in the linked article. And then there was the reality show coming out with Danny Bonaduce (Partridge Family) and Barry Williams (Partridge Family) hunting for "Bigfoot in 2012"???

I mean, really! Where is the Sci-Fi and riveting programing? Apparently not here.

Posted: Mar 23rd 2011 1:49PM aurickle said

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@Space Cobra
The article was a press release. These are always filled with preening and chest puffing. It's just the established writing style.

Regarding the game-TV link, I suspect that it will take on two aspects:

1) It will show the lives of characters in the game world, and their particular story. Imagine it as being the LotR movies to the LotRO game. Both take place in the same world and the players occasionally come in contact with the movie characters, but the on-screen characters have their own storyline that is separate from that of the players.

2) Major events in the world will take place both in the show and in the game. These will probably happen during the change-over between seasons. Basically, the show will present us with a narrative of the events leading up to each major world change and the game will manifest that change through updates and/or expansions.

Another analogy here would be with WoW. Imagine if there was a TV show about Thrall and a few select other major characters. For a time the show would have covered events with the rise of the cult in Orgrimmar, the elemental invasions, etc. The show would have eventually shown Thrall traveling to Outland to consult at the Throne of the Elements. Meanwhile, the various in-game events were happening just like Blizzard ran them. At the end of the season the Cataclysm takes place and the expansion is released. When the show returns for the next season, the characters would be dealing with the aftermath of the Cataclysm and building up the next series of in-game events.

What Trion and SyFy are planning are almost certainly much like that -- but with a much greater focus on events happening in the game world. So where the WoW storyline had three or four phases spread over a couple months, this game's storyline would have weekly or bi-weekly phases to coincide with major event in the TV show.

It's ambitious, but if it's done right it could be a lot of fun. Of course, people could enjoy the show or the game separately, but those who are involved with both would get the most entertainment because they're seeing the big picture while feeling involved.
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Posted: Mar 23rd 2011 3:44PM Space Cobra said

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@aurickle

I agree, it could be interesting.

But I can also see players as mere witnesses to events on the TV show and presented, in episodic form, for us to "watch" in-game. Such as "Thrall" being a main guy, having to run through a building with zombies to turn a faucet/spigot and all we do is help him.

In fact, it could very well be we play an episode-content AFTER it airs, so we relive history. It might not be that players affect the story. Or maybe they do.

As usual, we have to "wait and see" how this turns out. But I can definitately see this combined effort being produced in lazy/easy fashion and not so "interactive". :/
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Posted: Mar 24th 2011 11:58AM RogueJedi86 said

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@Space Cobra

Don't forget the glory that is "Jersey Shore Shark Attack". Yeah, sounds about as riveting as the title suggests. All I'm really excited for is BSG: Blood & Chrome, and that's purely on how much I loved the now-canceled Caprica.
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Posted: Mar 23rd 2011 1:59PM pixledriven said

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Theme of first corporate review after launch: "It seemed like such a good idea on paper...."

If I were Trion I would look at SyFy's penchant for killing anything popular and seriously think this one through.

Posted: Mar 23rd 2011 2:37PM FrostPaw said

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I forsee problems with the game keeping pace with the tv show and in reverse a bit of a lull on the tv show front when it finishes its annual series and the game is still running.

Still its an interesting concept, I don't know if I would really be keen to watch a tv show weekly and play the game aswell but at this stage I'm open to having the idea sold to me.

Posted: Mar 23rd 2011 2:50PM Dblade said

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This is SyFy though, notorious for pushing out bad made-for-TV movies and cost cutting to the point where they put wrestling on a science fiction channel. I can't see this being any good, because of the cost of making a decent television series.

Posted: Mar 23rd 2011 3:28PM Wildcard273 said

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And this is the same SyFy channel that has a cooking show. A cooking show?! Put it on Science Channel or Food Network, but not Syfy. I'm done with that channel.

Posted: Mar 23rd 2011 5:40PM HokieKC said

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Good idea releasing it for the Xbox 360. It would be the first 'next' generation MMO for the Xbox 360 (the other two are PS2 ports).

I'll give it a try if it's Xbox 360/PC but probably pass if it's just on PC. I'm currently subbing two PC MMOs now and wouldn't add a third.

Posted: Mar 23rd 2011 7:21PM eyeball2452 said

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Rift has been awesome, so maybe Trion can do it again. Syfy needs a new hit because I haven't watched them since BSG went off the air except for Dvr'ing Eureka. The rest of the programming was mediocre to awful with Caprica and SG:U being atrocious.

Posted: Mar 24th 2011 11:59AM RogueJedi86 said

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@eyeball2452

Caprica was awesome, I don't know what you're talking about.
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Posted: Mar 23rd 2011 10:21PM Rayne26 said

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After the fail of rift and how everything seemed cheap made.I dont give a shit about this one.

Posted: Mar 26th 2011 12:09PM Azules said

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@Rayne26 Cause RIft is totally failing right now, right?

/sigh the jealous tears of the un-ascended :P
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