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Coming Soon to a Theater Near You: A Giant, Audience-Controlled Video Game

June 3rd, 2007 by Hans Bjordahl :: 8 Comments

What’s going on here?

The backstory: MSNBC.com runs marketing campaign. As part of said campaign, MSNBC.com creates “NewsBreaker” video game that’s sort of like a charged-up version of Breakout, but with news headlines as part of the game. Then the twist: The game is set up in select movie theaters, where it’s projected on the big screen and motion sensors are used such that entire audience can control the paddle by moving their arms in unison this way or that. Much buzz ensues.

That’s all well and good, but frankly it raises a serious question: Namely, why haven’t we all been playing giant audience-controlled video games at the local cinemaplex for, like, years now?

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