If you grew up in the 80’s there are only 3 things you should remember – Roland Rat, Boglins and Saved By The Bell.
At long last Zack Morris and his brick-sized mobile phone have been rendered into an extremely fun and playable 8-bit animated YouTube game. And it’s very addictive.
Fans of the TV show will remember it focussed on the antics of a group of friends at Bayside High School and in the game you get to choose whether Zack helps Screech, Kelly or Jessie and their adolescent dilemma’s. In a choose-your-own-adventure style, you see the action play out in brilliantly crafted technicolour pixels that would look familiar to anyone who grew up playing on a Nintendo or Atari.
The retro video game look has been popular for a few years, 8 bit style animation has been used in music videos, commercials and movies including Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs The World. By combining the style with great interactivity, music and a sense of humour the video has become very popular.
A few years ago, to make a video interactive you’d need to spend a lot of money getting a CD-Rom application developed or creating a menu driven DVD. But with web video being so accessible, interactivity is now more affordable and should be explored more by those wanting an engaging web presence.
Using the Annotations tool on YouTube videos, you can link to other sites and videos allowing the end user full control over the outcome of the video, and it doesn’t require the complex programming that a CD-Rom or DVD would need.
Bringing the interactive element into training videos requires users to answer questions correctly before continuing, instructional videos for a new product range encourage clicks through to other videos. Even films exploring visitor attractions are all great imaginative ways to utilise interactivity in web videos. Making it appealing also makes it sharable which is paramount on getting your video to more people and seeing a great return on investment.
All it takes is a bit of creative thinking and any video subject can be turned into an interactive experience, so do get in touch if you think your company would benefit from an engaging interactive video. But in the meantime we’re going to relive television from our youth for the next few hours. What? Of course I remember Fun House…!