In the next version: Cheat code to reduce randomness

Quite recently on Discord there was, once again, a discussion about randomness in the Movie Business. More specifically, some players have a problem with the game's overall assumptions about total randomness when it comes to judging the creators' performances in the film. I do not want to develop this topic again (as I mentioned it in the game manifesto Movie Business for Beginners), because I consider it to be the main mechanics of the game, which makes the Movie Business a unique production and has its own character.

However, I decided to give doubters the opportunity to experiment with this randomness and find out for yourself why turning off this element will negatively affect the long-term gameplay.

Well, in the 2022 Edition, donors will receive a new cheat code "I do not understand art", which will change one of the key algorithms of the game affecting randomness.

Image by Erik Stein from Pixabay

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About the 2022 Edition

With the beginning of the new year, I would like to write you a few words about this year's edition of the game, i.e. the 2022 Edition.

I must admit that for a long time I was wondering if there would be the 2022 Edition at all. Unfortunately, the shortage of time, as well as several other events that may still take place at the beginning of this year, strongly questioned the possibility of conducting major works on the game.

Ultimately, I found that the 2022 Edition will appear even if it only contains an update of cult movies and other minor elements of the game (such as reviews or motives) or minor bug fixes.

However, all indications are that a few novelties will probably appear in the game. There won't be too many of them, but they may be interesting for some players.

As usual, I would like to do the premiere before the Oscars, unless some serious random turmoil occurs. Therefore, longer texts describing the most important new functionalities should appear soon.

And for now, I wish you all the best in the New Year.

Set Update Version 70

Today another set update. Which contains 251 creators and 491 photos.

In addition to the creators you added, I made a few additional changes:

  • changing most of the names of anime (cartoon character) to the original (instead of the Polish Myszka Miki we have now oryginal Mickey Mouse)
  • normalized the parameters of Polish creators (some players pointed out to me that they have too high statistics)

The largest contributors to this update are:

  • Keith

The update will take place after launching a new game with the default set of creators (details can be found here).

After this update, the official set will contain 5320 creators.

Let’s play Movie Business 2

As none of the famous youtubers recorded let’s play video about Movie Business I decided to make up for this huge shortcoming :). This film was made on the one hand because there was no similar video so far, and on the other hand because recently on Discord there were people who said that the game was too difficult. So I wanted to show that it is not trivial, but you can get out of all the troubles somehow :). And since life writes the best scripts, the movie from a long fragment of the game turned out to be a real thriller. I do not want to reveal too much about the plot of this production, but it does not start too well, during the game I have to face many unexpected obstacles and use many elements available in the game to get out of trouble.

The game took over 2 hours and you can find it on the official game channel.

The video is recorded in English and in the full post you will find details of what you will find in it.

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Director's cut: Summary of news in the 2021 edition

The 2021 Edition is just around the corner. According to tradition, I invite you to a detailed summary of the novelties that will be included in it. Find the text in two versions

Even if you have followed carefully all the texts about the 2021 Edition on the official site it is worth reading this text because there are a few updates and things that I have not mentioned yet.

The link to the post as usual will be added to the Director’s cut.

I invite you to read.

Director's cut: Movie Business in numbers

From the cycle Director’s cut today a post on my personal blog about the analysis of statistical data of players' movies. This is an extended version of the post that appeared on the Movie Business website, containing statistics about the players' films from the 2020 Edition. Extended, because it also contains information about the players themselves, specifically about the countries and cities they come from. If you have not read the previous post or you are interested in where other players come from, please visit Tomiga Blog for full article (English speakers will need to change their language – option in the menu on the right).

 

Poll: Are you using Discord

It's time for a new probe. Today, the question is short. Do you use Discord.

Are you using Discord?

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Results of the previous poll

Should the game have its own playlist with music on Spotify?

  • I don't think it's needed (42%, 18 Votes)
  • Yes, it would raise the atmosphere of the game (35%, 15 Votes)
  • I don't care I don't have Spotify anyway (12%, 5 Votes)
  • Yes but not on Spotify (12%, 5 Votes)

Voters: 43

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Regarding the previous Poll: Should the game have its own playlist on Spotify.

It seems that the option of those of you who do not see such a need has prevailed. So this is not a priority for me but I generally do not completely throw this idea, because, a lot of people would be happy to listen to something in the background during the game in the MB. However, I am interested in the details of the last option of the survey, that is, from people who would have seen such a playlist but not on Spotify. Where would you put it then?

Let me know in the comments.

Screenwriter outsourcing

One of the proposals that has been scrolling among players for many years was the opportunity to hire an external screenwriter to create a script for you. In the next edition there will be such an option, although maybe in a slightly different form than some would like.

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In the next version: Cult Characters and set update 65

After I informed you that in the next version you will be able to add own monsters, I have received signals that you would also like to be able to add cult characters directly from the game. It is true that here the functionality is not so critical (cult characters can be easily added from MovieStats) but after thinking about it, I found that in total why not give you such an option as well.

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In the next version: New response types

In the next version, some quests, interviews and press conferences will be expanded with a new way of interacting. They will be open answers, that is, those where you yourself will have to / can type any text.

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In the next version: Custom Monsters

One of the novelty that appeared in the 2020 Edition game were Monsters. For the record, the monsters allowed us to change the pictures of the actors in our film into pictures of monsters when the name of the hero sounded like a monster that we wanted to include in the film. That is, if the character played by X was called Dracula, instead of photo X there was an image of the most famous vampire.

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Poll: Soundtrack to the game

Some players once asked me why there is no music in the game. The answer was pretty obvious as an indie game without a budget it was difficult to get enough music to use in the game. In addition, there would have to be a lot of it so that it would not get bored with players quickly during several hour-long sessions with the game. Another problem would be the variety of players' tastes. So in the end it was better to give it up completely.

Today, however, the possibilities are much greater.

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