I've been thinking a lot about why I like the TV and movies I do, and what makes me want to play games about them. So here's a little experiment/intellectual exercise i thought might be fun for us to do. Here's the skinny:
1. Pick a movie or TV show you enjoy.
2. Assume the main character(s) is/are the PC(s) in an RPG. Assume the content of the show/movie is the fiction created in play by the game.
3. From what you've seen in the movie/show answer the Big Three questions about the "game's" design.
4. Write up your answers and post them in this thread.
5. Go have a cookie for doing such a good job.
The big three, for those that are unfamiliar, is a set of three simple probing questions to be asked about a game's design/place in the world that, despite their simplicity, tell you a great deal about the play experience. For this experiment here are The Big Three:
What is the game about?
How is the game about that?
How does the game reward the players for acting on/participating what the game is about?
That last question needs some clarification. Often this is a question about reward cycles and experience and so on; For this experiment I would like us to consider how the fiction rewards it's characters for participation. Do the characters grow? find absolution? get rich? get powerful?
I would like to examine as many different movies/shows as we can but if someone else has already written up answers for the IP you were interested in, and you feel like your answers would be pretty different, go ahead and post up a new response.
I'm going to list here some things i would like to see examined, feel free to ignore this list completely and just pick your favorite show, or work from the list if you are interested but can't make up your mind about what to examine.
• The wire
• Star Trek (in case you want to nitpick, lets just say original series or next gen)
• Iron Man
• Children of Men
• Sex in the City
• The Sopranos
• Spongebob Squarepants
• Alien (and of the 4 films)
• The Shield
• Sports Night