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The Movies game

I tried to log in to World of Warcraft on Friday, but Silver Hand's queue was just too full, and my auxiliary server was even worse.

Instead of waiting in line, I found a demo for The Movies. I've been interested in it for a while, but imposed a moratorium on purchasing any new games that I didn't have time to play. With that rule in place, it's been almost a year since I bought a new game for myself (WoW was the last one). I was sorely tempted by The Sims 2, but my husband said he didn't want to lose me for six months, so I refrained.

I genuinely enjoy a variety of gaming genres, but I'm particularly fond of behavioral simulations like The Sims, especially when they offer the option of creating and customizing the characters that I control. (I'm sure a psychologist would have something to say about that, but given that it's the best-selling game of all time, I'm not alone.) After playing the demo, I ran right out and got the full version.

The game has two modes: Tycoon and Sandbox. I haven't tried the former, because I've been learning the basic mechanics of the game in Sandbox mode. I haven't made any machinima of my own yet, either.

I'm in full-on new toy mode: I haven't played Warcraft since getting it.


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Mar. 8th, 2006 10:47 pm (UTC)
When you put a woman in the building for a makeover, give her a beard and watch her face. It's funny as hell.

Apparently they don't like it when you make them over and give them a beard.
Mar. 8th, 2006 11:14 pm (UTC)
I did that, and she had a fit! So much for authoring the sequel to The Crying Game. ;)
Mar. 8th, 2006 10:53 pm (UTC)
From what I understand, playing Tycoon unlocks things in Sandbox mode, and I know it introduces new features like a tutorial would. Just in case you start scratching your head as to why certain things aren't available or how you work a certain feature.

I played the game for an afternoon, only playing Tycoon mode though. Games like Sims don't normally hold my interest long. I usually need to work towards a goal. But I think The Movies could be something I could play for a while. There were some bits I found a little frustrating and hard to swallow, like I had trouble finding enough people to work around the studio (something I'm sure just about anyone in Hollywood would laugh at). But there were enough cool bits (I made one movie entirely by myself, though I don't think I did as great a job with it as I could have, but it was fun) that I'm kinda interested in getting it for myself.
Mar. 9th, 2006 02:43 am (UTC)
*nods* From what I understand, one of the primary criticisms of reviews that I've seen is that you don't have enough staff. Also, I'd like the ability to assign my writers a queue of scripts.

However, the creativity of being able to design a movie is nifty, and I like playing with the StarMaker tool.
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