Posts Tagged ‘FMV’

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 Having survived the cancellation of the console it was originally made for, US congressional hearings about violence in video games, and a failed Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, the interactive horror movie will come to PC as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 considering a PC version, but now it’s official.

Upon hearing of Night Trap’s return, RPS’s John Walker asked “lord, why would anyone want it back?” Read the rest of this entry »

Wot I Think: The Infectious Madness Of Doctor Dekker

There have been surprisingly few FMV games in the wake of Her Story. It’s a high bar to try to reach. So does the incredibly ambitious The Infectious Madness Of Doctor Dekker [official site] reach it? Here’s wot I think. Read the rest of this entry »

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 Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker [official site]. Due in May, it’s a “Lovecraftian” FMV murder mystery about a psychiatrist treating/interrogating patients/suspects to uncover who murdered their predecessor, the eponymous Doctor Dekker. Observe: Read the rest of this entry »

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 the story as he makes decisions. It sounds like something Jason Statham should be in but sadly no, he is not. It is, however, co-written by Michael R. Johnson, one of the screenwriters on Guy Ritchie’s sillyfun Sherlock Holmes. Here, check out this trailer: Read the rest of this entry »

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 Own Butt, I’m Gay For My Living Billionaire Jet Plane, and Pounded In The Butt By My Book “Pounded In The Butt By My Own Butt”, and now he’s working on an FMV game with Zoe Quinn. ‘Project Tingler’ will be pay-what-you-want but has turned to Kickstarter for funds to finish up. Read the rest of this entry »

Wot I Think: The Bunker

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 hip to… Days pass, somehow. You’ve dodged the shambling shell suits, so far, and are almost- there! There it is, the bunker! Just as the evacuation notice said! You run in, slam the door, turn the wheel, and collapse, gasping. After your eyes adjust to the darkness, you see cameras? Actors you half-recognise? No. Oh no. This bunker is the filiming location for The Bunker [official site]. You’re in an FMV game. The Nineties have you now.

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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 to help tackle homelessness).

I cannot for the life of me remember why I know about erotica author Chuck Tingle [THIS LINK IS NSFW] except perhaps just that the ambient internet will send you to his Amazon page eventually. He’s the author of such works as “Pounded In The Butt By My Own Butt” and “Gay T-Rex Law Firm: Executive Boner” and with glorious cover art. “Feeling The Bern In My Butt” features a topless hunk standing thoughtfully in front of a unicorn version of Bernie Sanders (he’s called Bernie Sambers in the book).

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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 perfect for this format, and there’s the legwork in here for that to happen. Here’s wot I think:

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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 day then at night transform into fighting avatars, but Contradiction has my interest until that arrives.

Our John is right now piecing together clues to deduce Wot He Thinks, but I saw it and got excited so I’m telling you before then.

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Wot I Think: Missing – An Interactive Thriller

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

Yeah I'm pretty sure that mosaic is covering up a swastika armband.

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 who are kissing why are they kissing this is so weird.

Stay Dead [official site] seems like it’s from another time, with footage of real actors fighting strung together into something between a turn-based fighting game and an interactive movie. It first came out in 2012, but a surprise Steam release yesterday reminded me of all this again.

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Wot I Think: Cloud Chamber

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 of human observers.

It’s FMV focus makes it seem like a portion of the past but it’s approach to multiplayer gaming feels like a slice of the future. Here’s wot I think.

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Big Finish Games Talk Up A Tex Murphy Kickstarter

Tex, consulting Gamefaqs
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 the recent Kickstarters have taught us anything, it’s that age-old games with rabid fan-bases and a dream seem are managing to get by. Are there enough people out there looking for a cheesy noir detective? Tex’s Kickstarter won’t start until May 15th as they’re trying to figure out what exactly to offer as various reward tiers, so they’re asking for your input on those. Essentially they’re crowd-sourcing the crowd-sourcing, which seems ridiculously lazy, but if you’re a tiny developer with big dreams you do what you can. Announcement video announcing their announcement is below.
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FMV DOA + Plumbers Don’t Wear Ties!

Ubisoft's next-stage of DRM proves unpopular with focus groups.

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 infamous Plumbers Don’t Wear Ties, which is playable, in its entirety, via Interactive Youtube videos. You’ve probably made jokes about it, but have you ever played it? Do so below…
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