any chances of getting a Hitchhiker'sGuide game in the future?
I've listened to the audio production many times, read the books, watched the movie. I don't think the market really allows for existing IPs that don't have a concurrent release on a non-gaming medium to be made unless the IP has become very cheap yet still has a very large market (like Ghostbusters) or is already an established gaming IP (like Dragon Ball). If they make another movie a tie in game is always possible but I'd say it's unlikely even then.
Obviously if a game is made best bet is probably some kind of adventure game like the text adventure original, worst bet is an all out action game, like some of the Hitchhiker movie scenes.
Apart from that one game they made years ago I doubt there will be another game based on the The Hitchiker's Guide to The Galaxy. It's just so hard to translate that into a game, unless it's an adventure game but even then it might miss out on a whole lot. So no I doubt there will be one.
Even if Telltale or Traveller's Tales (pantomime Lego Vogons?) nabbed it, I can't imagine it would be a game I could play, only watch.
If you really want to appreciate Adams' game making influence, find a copy of Starship Titanic. Very under-appreciated title.
" @Blair said:
" Nothing would ever compare to the books. "The BBC adaption was pretty good. They managed some neat stuff on a modest budget. "
I didn't read the books, just saw the movie and heard the BBC audio adaptation. I might be alone on this one but I felt that the type of word play in the material really worked well on the BBC stuff. I don't think I would have gotten all the jokes as easily if I had just read it.
Probably due to the fact that English is a second language to me (But I did enjoy actually reading all those LOTR books in the original english)...
" @jonnyboy said:Yeah I know but I never heard the radio show. I was just saying how as a kid I would watch the BBC TV adaption that they did every week with my parents and be thoroughly amazed. I was even more amazed a few year back when I found out the all of the nifty on screen representations of the guides graphics were done optically with black card and transparent 'gels' (colour tints for stage lights)." @Blair said:The BBC radio program came first, the books were based on the radio show. "Nothing would ever compare to the books.The BBC adaption was pretty good. They managed some neat stuff on a modest budget.
The old Hitchhiker's text adventure was an amazing (though terribly difficult and unfair) game. In the very early 2000s, I remember reading about a new Hitchhiker's adventure game being in the works, and even saw a few screenshots. It looked pretty dang good. Of course after the initial preview, I never ever heard about it again.
I still think Hitchhiker's could be turned into a terrific adventure game. Seems very well-suited for an episodic format even, what with the way the radio series was structured. Telltale take note!
The best thing was that in 2004 the BBC digitally rebroadcast the entire radio series, cleaned them up and improved their quality and even did a third series which covered "So Long and Thanks for All The Fish" with all original voice cast and plenty of incredible cameos. They called them The Primary Phase, Tertiary Phase and the new material was The Quandary Phase. They were even broadcast from their webs site in Windows Media Audio 5.1. It was an amazing experience listening to Adams' favourite works being read by the orginal cast and longtime famous fans (cameos) in Dolby AC3 5.1. I cried more than once I can tell you. The BBC have even said they're going to broadcast the series again and I hope they do. In any case you can buy them.
" @Diamond said:" @jonnyboy said:Yeah I know but I never heard the radio show. I was just saying how as a kid I would watch the BBC TV adaption that they did every week with my parents and be thoroughly amazed. I was even more amazed a few year back when I found out the all of the nifty on screen representations of the guides graphics were done optically with black card and transparent 'gels' (colour tints for stage lights). "" @Blair said:The BBC radio program came first, the books were based on the radio show. "Nothing would ever compare to the books.The BBC adaption was pretty good. They managed some neat stuff on a modest budget.
As for the TV series, most of the effects were done in the same studio and by the majority of the same technicians who worked on Doctor Who. Douglas Adams even wrote a 4 part story for Doctor Who while he was completing production on the first Hitchhiker's Guide radio serial.
I'm a huge fan of the man and all his collected works. He was an extremely insightful person - he basically described electronic music software well before it became a commercial reality in his book, "Dirk Gently's Whollistic Detective Agency". Meanwhile Starship Titanic was one the first large scale multimedia projects of its type. Most before had been done by small teams on miniscule budgets. It wasn't a perfect game by any means, but it was a grand adventure.
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