Thursday, October 11, 2007

Calling All Gamers

I need help. I don't know anything about video games. Are they even called video games anymore? Is there some new fancy name that I am unaware of? I'm bad aren't I? Here's the thing. I got an email from a company that's promoting a new video game that's tied in to the movie "I Am Legend" and they might be offering tickets to New York for a premier in December (whether it's the movie or game premier I am not clear on yet). I know nothing about games. A free trip to New York for the premier of a game would be wasted on me, but maybe not on someone who is really into gaming. Is this something that would be of interest to any of you? If so, leave a comment here so I can give some feedback to company that contacted me. Click HERE to check out the game trailer.

10 comments:

Robert said...

Well, I love videogames and this would be really cool, but tie-in games to movies are normally pretty bad and I'm not sure about this one. It's still a cool opportunity and if I were you I'd go for it!

S.M.D. said...
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S.M.D. said...

Let's try this again :S I was too excited the first time.
I'm in. It's a zombie movie, I love anything zombie, and it's Will Smith isn't it? I'm in. Seriously!
It says the game is set in the world of Second Life. I had a professor who talked so much about that online world and I'm very curious now. I've wanted to try SL. Plus, it's a movie about freaking zombies! I mean, I'm all in. I have high hopes for the film even though I know so little about it. So, yeah, I am so interested in this!

SQT said...

Cool Shaun. I've sent an email back to the marketing co. asking for more info. So I'll post as I get it. Heck, if it's a movie premier, I may try to swindle some tickets of my own. But she did hint at tickets to giveaway on the blog.

Charles Gramlich said...

Can't help you with video games. I'm still stuck back in the age of Mario brothers on Nintendo.

Jean-Luc Picard said...

I agree with Robert. Movie tie-ins are usually poor quality . A game on it's own with a good reputation amongst gamers might be better.

SQT said...

Really? I thought the James Bond games were pretty popular. No?

I'll still look into this, especially if movie premier tickets might be part of the package. That would be a cool thing to be able to offer.

S.M.D. said...

The difference about this particular game is that it is set in Second Life. If you don't know anything about SL, think of it is the most elaborate, massively massive online world ever invented. The limits to the software are almost endless. While the graphics in the trailer certainly are not up to par, the thing that sets it apart is that with SL behind it one could have an unlimited amount of gaming opportunities, provided that Warner Bros. puts in the effort to do so. It's really an amazing concept to take to move-tie-in gaming.

Stewart Sternberg said...

Anything zombie,SMD? That's a sweeping statement. How about Dead Alive by Peter Jackson. What about the last attempt by Romero to squeeze life out of his bloated franchise, and failing miserably. Also..if they stay faithful to Matheson's book, which I've read, this isn't about zombies, and I pray it isn't, but about vampires. You might want to check out a couple of interesting exercises in capturing this tome on film. Namely, "Omega Man" with Charleton Heston (that NRA shill) and "Last Man on Earth" starring Vincent Price. One viewing and you'll see who Romero was stealing from.

Actually, movie games have been improving. I think. I played Godfather, and although it was primarily a Grand Theft Auto rip off, it was a good one. Hell, I even enjoyed The Phantom Menace, a Star Wars game on the PS1. And just about every James Bond game has been worth a look if not fairly well done. Especially the Connery one.

Oh, and since I am feeling petulant...I find Second Life a bit sad. One of the reasons I baled on World of Warcraft and returned to more conventional gaming was because of the people who lived their life in this game as a substitute for real interaction with honest to god people. Second Life, and I have visited it to check things out, has that desperate feel to it. One gets the feeling that most of the SL people are sitting in their mothers' basements, sipping Bosco, pretending to be women to visit lesbian chat rooms, and waxing nostalgic over their collection of Buffy videotapes.

ouch

S.M.D. said...

I'll see just about anything zombie. Yes, there are plenty of really bad films. There've been a few zombie films that were absolutely wretched that I unfortunately saw.
I've never seen Dead Alive, or the various older films (except the original Romero flicks and some others from around the same time). Zombies are the only thing that still scares me in horror films. None of the films coming out these days do anything for me. They're either just lots of gore and creepy cannibals, or annoying remakes or poorly plotted, formulaic garbage. I want to be scared. I saw that Black Christmas movie thinking it was going to have a supernatural aspect to it only to find out it was so stupid it was actually funny.

The different between Second Life and World of Warcraft is that SL ha the potential to actually be useful to society, while WoW doesn't. Author interviews have been done in SL. University Research and even courses have been done there too. It sounds stupid, but Second Life offers a lot of insight not only into gaming culture, but into aspects of humanity that otherwise would be impossible to understand because we don't experience it on a daily basis. Yes, there are a lot of people there that are what you say, but then there are so many who are actually doing something rather interesting. It's the only online universe that actually allows users to fully customize not only their characters, but the world itself.
I do agree though that games like WoW have had a negative affect on our society. I used to play a MMORPG, but I never got into it so much so that I stopped interacting in real life. I played it a heck of a lot, but yeah...