The brainchild of "game legend" Peter Molyneux ("I woke up at 5:00 a.m. one cold January morning with the thought, `Why on earth has no one ever made a game about the movies industry? I then woke up my girlfriend, asked her the same question and she quickly told me to go back to sleep."), The Movies turns each player into a studio head, and allows them to actually shepherd a film, from conception to casting, from budgetting through cutting. According to Molyneux, there are several different ways to create a project, depending on the player's desired level of involvement. "You can commission a script, place it on a set, shoot it and have a computer generate a movie in about 15 seconds. Alternatively, you can customize your script, choose your sets, select scenes from thousands that are available, cast your own unique stars and shoot the film. Then, in post production you can edit the action, add your own voiceover, sound effects and create your own unique movie." The game's publisher, Activision, is trying to promote The Movies as a product that democratizes the tools of production. To that end, they've set up a website for users to showcase their finished products. It's set up like a community – filmmakers bicker in the forums about their Sims-style actors and actresses,and viewers can promote their favorite films to the top of the charts. I don't have the correct software to watch anything, so I implore you to check out the offerings and tell us what you think.
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