Tonight, Good Game presenters Bajo (Steven O’Donnell) and Junglist (Jeremy Ray) will announce the winner of phase one of the Good Game ‘Game’ project which opened early this year.
In an Australian first, ABC TV and the Australian Film Commission, have invited the Good Game audience to bring their creative ideas together to construct their own playable online game. The game prototype will be built by Australian development company Infinite Interactive.
Over 800 applications were received, from entrants 10 to 54 years of age. Game ideas received ranged from Outback Rescue (rescuing lost tourists) to Full Turtle Racket (about baby sea turtles) – two entries suggested building a game based on John Howard. But it was Troy, aged 33 from Wollongong, whose game idea, Office Wars, caught the attention of the judges.
The Office Wars concept: you are the average Joe or Jill, working in the average office. You want to make it to the top and will do anything to get there, no matter how sneaky, underhanded and deceitful that may be (you can even go as far as to actually WORK HARD if need be, but only as a last resort). Your ultimate goal is to get promoted and make it to “The Top”.
When told by the Good Game team that he had won Troy said “I am very excited and scared about being a winner. I come up with most of my ideas walking to or from work.”
Steve Fawkner, CEO Infinite Interactive says “Office Wars is one of those ideas that just makes you say “why didn’t I think of that before?” It contains that wonderful mix of novelty, familiarity and inspiration that we were hoping to find in the Good Game ‘Game’ project.”
Amanda Duthie, Head Arts, Entertainment and Comedy, ABC TV says “Move over Solitaire, Office Wars gives a whole delicious new take on power games at the office. Bosses beware.”
Lori Flekser, Director of Film Development at the AFC says “Wow! The Good Game ‘Game’ continues to harness incredible creativity, humour and energy. And we’ve only just begun!”
So, now the fun part begins. Office Wars is in the hands of the Good Game audience, who will be called on to develop such elements as characters, story line and level design – a whole bunch of prizes, including two mentorships with the developers, will be up for grabs.
You can check out the top 20 game ideas on the Good Game site abc.net.au/goodgame.
More details about this creative venture can be found at abc.net.au/goodgame. Good Game screens 9pm Mondays on ABC2, is repeated Fridays after triple j tv on ABC1, and is available for download at abc.net.au/goodgame.