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April 01, 2003

Interactive Drama - and still they get it wrong

My usual words utterly fail me when I read about MIT & RSC's plans to make an interactive video game of The Tempest.

I'm afraid it's pushed me over the edge. There is a journalistic essay in the pipeline about this.

The game, intended for commercial sale and not only as an educational tool, would allow players to take on the role of any character in the play and alter the course of events as the plot unfolds. In the privacy of a player's bedroom, the monstrous Caliban could perhaps win the hand of the fair Miranda for the first time. The possibilities, says the RSC, are endless.

I mean, we all know that - as far as new media is concerned - when someone says 'the possibilities are endless' it means they don't quite know what they're taking on.

I wish them well, but this isn't what they should be doing, it really isn't.

Posted by Tom Dolan at April 1, 2003 07:56 AM

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I was interested in seeing that you don't write so much at the moment.

I'm the chap who moves the boxes from one end of the room to the other for Cleophas; sometimes they can be really big heavy cartons full of heavyweight freshnjuicy editorial sheets and folders he's written.

My back's not what it woz you see... and I, I, I... woz wondering as a fellow Blog industry person whether you have any need for an experienced carton box carrier specialising in blogs? Preferably much smaller + lighter boxes travelling across smaller rooms.

I've just been told. It's April 1 !

Posted by: Jeff at April 1, 2003 10:56 AM

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