We do this for movies, but not for games? Here at QT3? Time for that to change!
For those of you not familiar, the Movie Frame Game is a forum game where people post screen grabs from movies at specific points (20:20, 40:40…) and others try to guess the movie. What does the winner get? They get to pick the next movie, of course! Awesome, huh?
It occurs to me that QT3 should be doing this for games, but it also occurs to me that posting an entire screenshot may not be the best way to go about it as games tend to be more easily identifiable by their art styles, palettes, rendering, GUI elements, etc, etc. Perhaps more-so than a movies, from the perspective of a movie-slob like me, anyway.
So I propose we go about this a slightly different way. 4-5 snippets per game, all of the same screenshot, but starting small and working up to the full frame - 1/8 frame, 1/4 frame, 1/2 frame, 3/4 frame, full frame, etc. How you go about it is actually up to you - pick a GUI element, maybe an environmental asset, a weapon or other or art asset or texture. Something maybe distinctive of the title in question. The only real rule being that each successive frame includes the content from the first so we gradually reveal the full frame.
Need some tools to help with this? Use whatever your favourite screenshot tool may be - Fraps, Steam - heck grab a screenshot from the web if necessary (though shots you have taken would be preferred to give the game that personal touch). Then view it in your favourite viewer and take a segment of the shot as required. The common OS’s can do this natively - snipping tool in Windows and shift-command-4 in MacOS. Upload to your favourite hosting site and away you go. Only thing to remember - maybe zoom in on the first couple of shots before taking your snippet!
FYI, the tools I use for this sort of thing, which simplifies the process:
Anyway, I’ll get this show on the road in the next post. Hopefully this is not a complete waste of time and I am not laughed off the forum…it would be a pain to find a new place to hang out…
Edit - For some rough guidelines on such things as posting frequency and guessing limitations, see the following:
Frame posting frequency - no hard and fast rule, but try to balance between letting the thread die and leaving enough time between frames for plenty of folk on the forum to get a chance to have a look. For example the Movie Frame Game typically posts a new frame every 18-24 hours or so.
Guessing limits - One guess per frame.
Franchise guesses - No guessing a complete franchise (ie ‘Assassin’s Creed’), you must identify the specific title. That said, this one is probably best left to the discretion of the current frame poster. They may decide to take a close enough is good enough guess if we are getting deep into a given frame round.