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Posts tagged “FMV”

ScummVM now supports Plumbers Don’t Wear Ties, Phantasmagoria, Starship Titanic

In its ongoing mission to bring old point 'n' click adventure games into an easy, stable, and cross-platform environment, the ScummVM project has launched a hefty update supporting another 23 games. This includes some real heavy hitters, slamming in such wonders as Phantasmagoria and Plumbers Don't Wear Ties. At times I've been dismissive of unpleasant and clumsily erotic 'mature' FMV games but I have warmed…

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Oddball interactive movie Press X to Not Die released

Along with CD-Rs discarded in gutters and mod readme files, homemade movies offer some of my favourite weird looks into strangers' lives. So heck yeah I'm interested in Press X to Not Die [official site], a scrappy action-comedy interactive movie set in a town gone wild where you'll have to fight everyone from your girlfriend's flatmate to a juggalo. After a stretch in early access,…

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FMV cult classic Night Trap invades PC on August 15

Notorious FMV game Night Trap is back, against all odds. Having survived the cancellation of the console it was originally made for, US congressional hearings about violence in video games, and a failed Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, the interactive horror movie will come to PC as Night Trap - 25th Anniversary Edition [official site] on August 15th. Developers Screaming Villains had muttered before that they were…

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Fhtagn motion video: The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker coming May

It's '90s a go-go these days with new trashy first-person shooters, Infinity Engine-style RPGs, and adventure games from genre giants, but to me the epitome of the '90s revival is these new FMV games. I've not had a disc drive in years but I can almost hear one spin up when I look at Contradiction, The Bunker, Late Shift, Her Story, or, right now, The…

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Full motion crimes: FMV game Late Shift announced

The modern FMV revival might well have peaked with the charming camp comedy of Roundabout but I'm still interested to see what developers do with this odd '90s artform. Following Her Story, Contradiction, Quantum Break, and The Bunker, among others, Late Shift [official site] is coming in April. It's an interactive movie about a lad caught up in London underworld antics around a heist, shaping…

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Chuck Tingle’s Daffy Sexy FMV Game Hits Kickstarter

You can find some mighty strange sexystuff on the Internet. So a friend told me. I wouldn't know about that. Not that I'm friends with sex people either. It was someone on the bus. Four rows behind me, okay? Anyway! Amongst the mighty strange sexystuff is the work of Chuck Tingle. The Hugo Award-nominated pseudonymous writer's short stories include Pounded In The Butt By My…

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Feature: Bunkum

The Bunker review

Somewhere there exists a line that marks the point where FMV releases switch between clicking on a film to make it keep playing, and being a meaningful game. The Bunker [official site] is way, way over to the left of that line - it can barely be bothered to ask you to click. Here's wot I think:

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FMV Horror-Adventure The Bunker Released

When they first appeared in the skies, you knew what to do. While your family stood in the streets watching the flocks of winged toasters, you ran. When the ground shook to a latin beat, you dug your nails into your palms fighting urges to raise your right arm, your left, flip right hand flip left, to shoulder to shoulder, to head to head, to…

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Zoe Quinn’s FMV Chuck Tingle Dating Sim

I'm finally catching up on the news of the FMV Chuck Tingle dating game that Zoe Quinn's been working on (I did that thing of saving it to read later and apparently that's not a system which works - on the bright side I've also just learned about a woman with an extra type of colour receptor in her eyes and a chatbot that's trying…

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Feature: OBJECTION!

Wot I Think: Contradiction

Goodness, it's now a trend! After Her Story, we've now got Contradiction [official site] - a full motion video adventure murder mystery. It's like 1994 all over again, but in significantly higher resolution. Unfortunately, Contradiction is a little more authentically like a 1994 FMV adventure, right down to poor design choices and deeply wonky tech. Which is a shame. A meaty murder mystery would be…

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His Story: FMV Murder Mystery Contradiction Released

Contradiction [official site] is essentially a daytime murder mystery show made into an FMV-tastic game, only it's starring not a detective you know but some new chap whose quirk seems to be wearing a hat. Her Story it is not. My dream daytime murder mystery game would be a take on Persona, where me and my pals Jessica Fletcher and Mark Sloan uncover clues by…

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Feature: Inaction

Missing – An Interactive Thriller review

Well here’s a remarkable thing – it’s been long enough since the sheer horror of the 90s FMV (Full Motion Video) adventure for the whole thing to finally feel nostalgic. But has someone finally made a game to go with it? Canadian team Zandel Media have tried with Missing: An Interactive Thriller's first 'episode' [official site]. Here's wot I think:

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Now Steaming: FMV Fighting Game Stay Dead

The blurring between video and video game is a weird history of technology. The storage space of CD-ROMs enabled FMV cutscenes and interactive movies. 3D graphics pushed out FMV as the new novelty. Motion capture let real actors mime basic actions for 3D models. Faster 3D hardware led to more-detailed character models able to perform more and more-intricate actions. Now we have dead-eyed glossy mannequins…

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Feature: Massively Multiplayer Mystery Tour

Cloud Chamber review

Cloud Chamber is a multiplayer narrative adventure, in which players discuss, theorise and contemplate. It's a cooperative game in which everyone is anonymous and the only goal is to understand. Original live action footage is spliced together with documentary videos from the European Space Agency to create a sci-fi story that is, at least in part, a changeable thing, created by the commentary and input…

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Big Finish Games Talk Up A Tex Murphy Kickstarter

Ah, FMV. It used to be the most exciting thing in the world to watch our PCs spin up interactive movies, but now you can do it in a web-browser. That's the world Big Finish games are looking to bring FMV-led adventure game Tex Murphy into, a world where various little tricks pulled off using Youtube's annotations can cobble together an interactive movie. But if…

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FMV DOA + Plumbers Don’t Wear Ties!

It's the sort of thing I'd save for the Sunday Papers but Richard Cobbett's - Videogames Journalism's answer to Livy - piece on the rise and fall (or rather birth and early death) of FMV games is so comprehensive it deserves a post of its own. Go read it here. Anyone got fond memories of any of them? Best of all, Cobbett unearths the legendarily…

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