Geekerati Radio

Entertainment as Dialogue

by Geekerati Radio

 - Tue, Jun 5 2007
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We initially thought that this week's "Entertainment as Dialogue" show went off without a hitch, but the archived version was originally missing the last 10 minutes of show time and didn't record the 15-20 minutes of "after show" we like to leave for return visitors.  We think of the after show conversation as our Special Features offered to promote return visits.  The complete show and the after show are now fully available for your listening pleasure.

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Here's a brief overview of what we covered on this week's show:

We began our discussion with a brief introduction to the idea of interactive entertainment and how the Choose Your Own Adventure generation is shaping entertainment.

Before we began our discussion of "entertainment as dialogue" we let JC and Wolf of "The Shelf" give a quick Weekly Roundup of DVDs they were excited about.  They focused on large number of war movies being released for Father's Day.  It was at this point that Christian couldn't resist sharing his excitement over the release of the new Extended Edition Fantastic Four movie, largely because it includes a feature length documentary about Jack "King" Kirby.

From here we finally began to discuss how Gen X, and later generations, have seen an increasing amount ofaudience/entertainment interaction.  The conversation started with print and video game media, highlighting the Choose Your Own Adventure Books, Roleplaying Games, and Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks, not to mention the classic Lone Wolf series by Joe Dever.  Christian made sure to point out that the Lone Wolf series was being reissued by Mongoose Publishing.

Eric Lytle reviewed "Hero Lab" by Lone Wolf Development in one of our two game review segments.

The conversation then turned to how social networking sites and how they are merging entertainment and "making friends and influencing people." My Space promotes television shows and movies while simultaneously creating an online community.  Sites like Second Life, Stardoll, and Doppelganger are really pushing the limits of creating "virtual worlds" (a topic which  will be covered on a later show).  One of the most interesting facets of these alternate realities is the interactivity with entertainment and the potential for more types of interaction.  Shawna mentioned how fashion companies might use Second Life, or Doppelganger, to sell their clothing lines. Doppelganger has already featured "live" concerts.  Maroon 5 and Pussycat Dolls have performed in, and given interviews in, Doppelganger's alternate reality.

In our second review, Steven gave a quick review of the "Complete Champion."  It was a largely positive review, but the archive of the show cuts out in the middle so it might be hard to tell.

We announced that the Weitz Brothers might be making Elric into a major feature film.

Shawna, Christian, and JC discussed CBS and their parntership with AOL and Joost, etc., to promote Innertube in new "Interactive Audience Network" form.

We spent a decent amount of time discussing Alternate Reality Games (ARGs), like "the Beast" the <em>A.I.</em> ARG.  Christian recommended that listeners check out the Alternate Reality Gaming network (www.argn.com) and Court TVs "Save My Husband Please" event. 

We had a great time and gave away a copy of <em>The Original Encyclopedia of Comic Book Heroes: Volume One -- Featuring Batman</em>.  We tried to give away a copy of Wicked Fantasy Factory's first published adventure, but didn't receive any callers/emails desiring the product.  We will review the module next week, so I hope we can find some interested person.

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