There are safe harbours, instant successes, love at first sight, roller coaster rides, the Middle Way, the long tail, and the long road. You don't reach my age without having experienced nearly all of these phenomena. The one thing I don't think I've experienced is the Second Chance. That is until today.
Years and years ago, I wrote a three gaming scripts titled Talkshow Rivals, Sydney Soap, and London Live. (The forth, Atlanta Gold is just a rough sketch of a story.) The games are interactive soap operas: part video sequences, part mini games. There is a hellava lot (maybe 60%) of storytelling going, dispersed with gaming activity (40%). At the time I was trying to sell the script to a large Japanese publisher, video games consisted of 10% story and 90% game playing. (I'm being generous here!)
Still, it was a thrill to be given a chance to pitch my idea to their marketing and R&D departments. In the end, they turned down the scripts because they said production costs would be too high.
Their refusal made me put the work on the back shelf. Literally. I took all of the folders and stored them in one of our cupboards. There they stood for the last ten years.
Fast forward to today... an acquaintance of mine, who has known me from way back when, is going to introduce me to a new neighbour of hers. This said neighbour has worked in the gaming industry for many years. Can I be getting a second chance?
My goal... is to be able to sit down once again with someone in-the-know and have a serious talk about my vision of what gaming can be. I'd like to know whether my concept was just before it's time, or just way out of field.
Wish me luck.