Sunday, January 20, 2008

Virtual Documentary on HBO



People have been recording video of in-game antics for quite some time now. From visual guides to raiding Vox in EverQuest to the WoW video to Avenue Q's "The Internet is For Porn", fan MMORPG video is as widely varied as the human imagination.
But what Douglas Gayeton has done is take things to an entirely new level, one worthy of attention and even praise here in the Looter's Lounge. He shot a "documentary" titled "My Second Life: The Video Diaries of Molotov Alta" and then sold the rights to HBO.

Talk about RMT...

The exact price isn't given, but it's said to have been a "six-figure sum". Whether this was paid entirely to Mr. Gayeton, Second Life owner Linden Labs, or a combination of the two isn't clear but no matter how you slice it this guy has gotten paid to play.

Think about it: the GEICO cavemen have their own TV series now. HBO plans to do a total of seven SL-based documentary episodes covering various aspects of the game's culture.

The sky's the limit, people. If you've ever fancied yourself a director it's time to start brainstorming. (Keep in mind that some game companies will be easier to work with than others, though. Linden Labs is known for its progressive thinking, but I wouldn't bank on SOE being happy to share the limelight with me.)

Douglas Gayeton was certainly thinking outside the traditional RMT box. He sold a product to a customer that didn't even play the game. It makes you wonder what else can be sold that no one's thought of yet...

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