Here is a piece of awesome news for FMV gamers. Popular game maker Paolo Pedercini has used the footage from the 1996 game Steven Spielberg’s Director’s Chair and converted it into a “Bandersnatch-style Choose Your Own Movie.”
After directing classic movies like Jurassic Park and Schindler’s List, Spielberg invested in the growing art of video games. In 1996, he helped produce new releases Someone’s in the Kitchen!, Goosebumps: Escape from HorrorLand, The Neverhood, and, Steven Spielberg’s Director’s Chair.
Steven Spielberg’s Director’s Chair had Spielberg himself walk players through the process of making a motion picture from pre-production to the film’s premiere. But Spielberg’s attempt into FMV gaming didn’t work much as the game was very complicated for users. Even critics didn’t like it much and gave it 2.5/5 stars. According to Computer Gaming World it “tries too hard to be accessible, telling you where to go, what to do, and when to do it. When it could challenge you with tough decisions, it irritates you instead.”
Have a look at Paolo Pedercini’s tweet introducing the game.
Steven Spielberg's Director's Choices
An interactive movie made with bootlegged footage from a terrible '90s CD-ROM.
— Paolo Pedercini (@molleindustria) August 8, 2020
Polygon reported, “According to Pedercini, the game was a little too realistic, and ultimately didn’t allow the player to exercise much creativity in putting their movie together. But there was enough footage from the movie that serves as the game’s centerpiece — which stars Quentin Tarantino, Jennifer Aniston, and Penn and Teller — for Pedercini to repurpose it.”
The game maker has edited all of the footage, added all sounds and music and finally created a game that allows gamers to change the motion picture as they are going through it.