PAX East Mix Vs. DVD Mix Clarification

Posted: March 9th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: production | 10 Comments »

I wanted to drop some information about the premiere at PAX East, for the folks at home.

What people will see at PAX East is a truncated version of GET LAMP, something in the run-time amount of 75 minutes to 90 minutes, which I am going to probably call “The Pax East Mix” mentally and in various locations. It’s more what people think of when they think of a documentary, that is, an encapsulated film discussing a subject and touching on parts of that subject from various angles and points. If you were bringing your game-playing buddies to PAX, they’d get behind this mix. Your non-game-playing family members are likely too.

What’s on the DVD is going to be something in the range of a 120-150 minute movie, split into interactive parts (you choose which way to go at one point) which goes into much greater depth in various directions. It’s much better suited for a smaller group showing (1-50) instead of a larger group showing (50-800), which has less tolerance for in-depth study. It’s a big issue, balancing one group’s needs versus the others.

I’m polishing the PAX East mix as we speak, and that version will eventually, down the road, be available in some fashion for free or at cost to the purchasers of the GET LAMP DVD, as per the GET LAMP Upgrade Guarantee.  So if you watch the premiere and go “I like THAT mix, and while I like the DVD version, I want to show THAT mix to my family/friends”, then you’re going to get that one as well, so don’t worry.

The DVD set has the larger version, plus a bit on gamebooks, plus a bit on infocom, plus a bedquilt featurette and a couple dozen other overviews of extremely technical or exacting subjects (there’s one extra on nothing but A Mind Forever Voyaging, one on nothing but The Z Machine, Photopia, etc.). It’s quite packed, actually. Oh yeah, and a music video. And hundreds of games.

Anyway, I had this feeling in the back of my mind someone would attend the showing and go “wow, GET LAMP doesn’t cover XXX in much depth” and you should be aware that it likely does… just not at PAX. PAX East is for us all to enjoy the movie together and talk with some great people on a panel and the DVD is for feeling good that we captured some portion of the wonder of interactive fiction and adventure games.

10 Comments on “PAX East Mix Vs. DVD Mix Clarification”

  1. 1 todd said at 1:39 pm on March 9th, 2010:

    will anyone be capturing the panel discussion?


  2. 2 Ken G. said at 2:15 pm on March 9th, 2010:

    I was wondering how the DVD’s interactive features would jive with a public showing. Now I know. Thanks for the update!

  3. 3 Jason Scott said at 3:15 pm on March 9th, 2010:

    I am going to capture the panel discussion.

  4. 4 James Mudge said at 4:26 pm on March 9th, 2010:

    You are going to enrapture the panel discussion.

  5. 5 Johan Herrenberg said at 11:58 pm on March 9th, 2010:

    Wish I were there!

  6. 6 Alex said at 4:59 pm on March 10th, 2010:

    Thanks for recording the panel. Look forward to hearing that a lot.

  7. 7 Anna said at 5:35 pm on March 10th, 2010:

    Looking forward to seeing this!

  8. 8 CaryMG said at 7:40 pm on March 11th, 2010:

    … there’s one extra on nothing but A Mind Forever Voyaging ….

    That sentence *alone* will make me buy this.

  9. 9 RossH said at 9:42 am on March 12th, 2010:

    Jason interviewed at GDC…

  10. 10 Chris said at 10:25 am on March 12th, 2010:

    Jason, I’m hoping that somehow you can cross paths with someone from the RI Science Fiction Club, I believe that a few of them will be at PAX East, shooting some video for “Sci-Fi Journal”, their monthly cable access show.

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