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.