Seth Sivak of gametruth.org reminds us that Matrix Online has been launched, and points us to what might be a unique feature or might be just dressed-up GM'ing: Actors who will play out narrative sequences live. While I can almost hear the eyes of the MUD-Dev-ers rolling, Seth asks some good questions about this.
"I find it interesting that no one has mentioned much about Matrix Online since it
launched. I realize it is still early but I found this particularly fascinating:
"Since the close of the beta, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced
that it has employed a troupe of 20-odd people whose job it will be to enact
narrative scenarios in The Matrix Online live. These people will assume the
roles of popular characters, interact with players, and generally move the
stories in ways that only live 'actors' can." - Gamespy.com
I think this idea of hiring actors to roleplay in games is very interesting. I
know this idea is not very new but the way it is implemented seems a bit
radical. This topic brought many questions into my head and I wondered if the
Terra Nova community had any thoughts or answers.
The obvious question first: Can this approach work? Will it make the game more
realistic or beleivable?
Some other thoughts are:
What would be the fallout if this backfires?
How does this compare to the more traditional way of moving a story forward by
having an "event"?
Is this strategy effective considering an actor can only interact with a select
Could this idea be expanded to make a Virtual World more real? How far could it
or should it go?"