I’m sure some of you have seen the following video where prior to seeing a film in the cinema the viewers collectively play a game of ‘arkanoid’/breakout simply by moving their hands right and left – motions that a sensor in the room picks up and controls the paddle. And every now and then when a brick disappears a piece of news drops ‘power-up’ style for the viewers to see.
I thought this was one of the most exciting ideas I heard in the last couple of weeks (along with the ReCaptcha). Although it didn’t get me very far the first time I saw it, it did get me thinking a bit later and now I’ve come up with a list of other games that could be played collectively:
- A simple extension of the breakout clone would be to make a pinball type of game where people on the right standing up make the right flipper go off and vice versa for left.
- Any FPS-type where terrorists appear behind boxes and you shoot them by pointing the crosshair at the right part of the image. The part of the image where the ‘gun’ points is determined if those people who sit at the respective part of the theatre wiggle their hands or stand up.
- A darts game with mechanics pointing where the dart will end on the targetboard similar to the above.
- A racing game where when people sitting on the left part of the theatre stand up or wiggle their hands, the car turns left and vice versa for right. And if those at the front stand up the car accelerates, while those at the back decelarate it.
- An interface similar to the previous one could also be used for Dance Dance Revolution type of games.
I suppose NBC’s game (also available online) is only the beginning. Probably, people won’t enjoy standing up and down or swaying left to right for long so these games should have a short duration and include quite a few changes in the gameplay to keep the interest high. Depending on how addictive these might turn out to be they might even negate the need for a film to entertain those attending… Impressive what meaning the Social Entertainment can take given a huge screen, a motion sensor and a few people.
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