Anybody catch "Mondo Thingo" ... ?

I was just flicking through the channels on Wednesday evening, and I came across a story about the Game Industry and Movie tie-ins on the ABC program "Mondo Thingo".

It contained a bit of information about how many of the new hollywood directors are gamers and how that influences their directing, and also how movie->game and game->movie conversions work. They noted that the first movie based game was a complete flop because Atari gave the programmer only 10 weeks to fully make the game, and also that the Matrix game was damn full of bugs also!

I think that's about all that was featured, although it was a well presented segment, if not rather short.

Did anyone else catch it, and if so what did they think about teh subject or its presentation?

souri's picture

I catched a bit of it as well. You didn't mention that the game was E.T, and it was the first time I've actually seen it in action. That was incredibly poor!! I couldn't see any actual game mechanics in play, apart from the one where you were in a screen and had to avoid the other guy from touching you. No walls or objects around, and you both moved pretty slowly. Fun facter = -5 [:)]

It was interesting how they showed clips of movies which looked like platform games. What was that recent movie they mentioned that was pretty based like a game? Where the character had to complete one challenge after the other, each challenge being more grander as the movie progressed? 28 days later wasn't it?

redwyre's picture

E.T. was rated as one of the worlds worst games by EGM :)

MoonUnit's picture

yeah everyones heard the story of taking all the copies out and burying them in the desert :P

i saw a bit of mondo thingo but not the game movie bit, i was on MSN and a friend told me to switch it on but by the time i got it on that segment was over

souri's picture

Just to reiterate what Daemin said... They were banking on the success of the E.T game since the movie was so hugely popular, spent a lot of money on manufacturing all those cartridges + marketing etc, yet they only got *ONE* programmer to do ALL of the game design, programming, play testing, debugging, everything in only 10 weeks.. It truly baffles me.

Burying the E.T cartridges in the desert was the cheapest way to get rid of them, since storing them in warehouses was sapping up money.

codyalday's picture

I think i seen something like that before, had a show, Micro Forte, i think, making a game called Citezen Zero, but that is scraped, aslo had about Counter Strike clans, world titles, get paid like $50.000 + grand a year. Also check out this link http://test.gamedesign.net/node/view/127

bullet21's picture

I'm not eaxactly shore what u are saying cody, but i'm quite certain that MF is still working on Citizen Zero

codyalday's picture

Well i was talking to Ionized, and he said something is wrong, but im not really shore.

Blitz's picture

Can you PLEASE spell "sure" correctly? It's one less key to press and everything!
CYer, Blitz

MoonUnit's picture

oh please lets not resurrect that debate again....

inglis's picture

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bullet21's picture

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Can you PLEASE spell "sure" correctly? It's one less key to press and everything!

ohh yeah, I thought Shore looked wrong thanks Blitz i'll be sure to spell it right next time :P