"Interactive movie technology," you may find yourself asking, "isn't that just another word for video games
?" Well, grandpa
, yes and no. While this recently filed patent
from Sony Computer Entertainment America will likely be implemented in some form of game -- our guess is PlayStation Home
-- it doesn't really resemble anything we've ever seen from a ludological offering. Basically, SCEA is designing a framework for "avatars" to interact with a film in a number of different ways, such as tossing tomatoes at on-screen actors, or climbing into the film to deliver a swift kick to one of the characters' behinds
The patent's illustrations resemble pencil-drawn versions of Mystery Science Theater 3000
, where a player's avatar can be seen sitting in a chair in front of the interactive movie. These interactions can even be scored, granting bonus points for a well-aimed tomato toss. We have no idea how well this type of technology would work, but our deep, deep fondness for Mike and the 'Bots
makes us more than a little interested in how SCEA is planning on using it.