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Games for Reel: Do it yourself

Atomsk April 10, 2009 - 12:00 pm

Calling all would be directors, scriptwriters, actors, and all around creative people. Now is your time to shine. Er…maybe eventually.

Video games have begun to touch on the new untapped genre of “do it yourself”. Little Big Planet is game almost solely based on do it yourself creativity. It may not have been the first game to have a “do it yourself” mode, but it’s the most recognized, most powerful, and easiest tool to use to make your own game. This is one example of a game in the “do it yourself” genre.

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There aren’t too many video games out there that fit in this genre, but there is one that caught my attention. The game is called “You’re in the movies” for XBOX360. The way the game is designed, you and some friends play through a variety of mini games so that the game can catch short clips of you or your friends doing an action with use of the XBOX camera. When the mini games are done, the game plays through a pre-loaded random movie trailer with clips of you and your friends super-imposed into the film.

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ok, so its not exactly making your own movie, but it’s as close as we’re going to get for a while, and at least its another step in the right direction. Other games have began to include a very archaic form of media capture. For example, Pixeljunk Eden, and Pixeljunk Monsters have a built in mechanic that allows the player to record up to 10 minutes of their game and post it instantly on youtube. Another step in the right direction is the way Guitar Hero: World Tour has a create your own music mode. Again, this isn’t much, but it’s a step in the right direction.

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The doors to this new genre have just opened, and i don’t see it slowing down any time soon. Creating your own movie with the creativity of Steven Spielberg, and the ease of using Little Big Planet’s level editor with the use of a video game will no doubt be achievable. I can see this evolving to the point where any one can sit in their living room and in an hours time make your own movie, or song, or video game to put your name on and show it to the world?

- Edited by Rusty

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