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Sat, Nov 15, 2014 9:35 PM

Adding Seasons and Episodes to a game?

Guild Wars 2 has quite an untypical launch format for games.

Where most games uses "expansion packs" to add content, GW2 has literally copy-pasted the format used by TV series. With mid- and end-season breaks, small story-driven episodes is released every 2 weeks.

Similarly to a TV show, each season and episode may vary a lot in quality and reception. Season 1's story did receive a lot negative critisism, while Season 2 has so far seen a great increase in positive feedback.

Thus, I find it highly relevant to be able to list the seasons and episodes on the game page here on IMdb. But noticed I didn't have the option to do so.
It might not be relevant to add it as a general option for games, but maybe open up the option at least for this particular game?

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6 years ago

Unfortunately, IMDb doesn't currently have the technical capacity to allow any titles other than TV series to have seasons and episodes. To have videogames be allowed to have seasons and episodes listed would likely be a massive programming effort. 

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6 years ago

Here's a silly idea:

Should IMDb (and Amazon) create a new spin-off site
focused entirely on games?

I was almost going to suggest calling it "IGDb", the "Internet Game Database" --
but as it turns out, that name is already taken for a site that is
currently in development:  http://igdb.com/faq/
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Or (ref. my long post below):
Change from IMdb (I. Movie db.) to IMdb (I. Media db.) :)

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6 years ago

Thanks for the quick replies.
I imagined movies, TV series and games shared the same underlying platform of total x amount of choices - but just had the appropriate boxes ticked off for each genre.

E.g.:
TYPE    | Episodes | Cast & Crew | Storyline | Box office
Movie    | No           | Yes               | Yes         | Yes
TVshow | Yes         | Yes               | Yes         | No
Game    | No           | Yes               | Yes         | No

Is it not so? And if not: maybe it should have been?
(P.S. I'm no programmer, mind you, but I'll try to explain my PoV...)

The way different types of media is presented is ever changing. Some TV series now challenges the borders between movies and series (e.g. Sherlock), just like certain games challenges the border between movies/TV series and games (e.g. Heavy Rain, which by many was described as an "interactive movie" more than a game).

<digression>
e.g. Sherlock:
With each "episode" lasting about 90min, it does push the borders quite heavily. Let's say it stopped at 3 episodes, with just 30mins extra per episode. Would it still be a TV show ... or a movie trilogy?
</digression>

My point being: is it wise to categorize media types so rigidly? Why not open up for games to have run-time (Heavy Rain is getting pretty close) and Seasons/episodes. Should movie trilogies be considered individual films, or a "movie series" with different episodes (Star Wars, episode X).

Funny thing really, IMdb is quite an excellent example of how similiar these media types can be. Just by having games shown here on the site. But then again: it tries to define "this is this", and "that is that".

I'd say: open up more, and let the options be the same regardless of media type. Because the lines between them are getting greyer every day. :)

Food for thought :)

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I landed here just because of http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4375662 (and there are/were many episodic games before this of course).. but in this particular case I would expect *huge* discrepancy of ratings between episodes 1-4 and final 5th. :) ..which I cannot confirm/rate on *gaming* sites (which btw says quite a lot about their quality) :( ..And this particular one is as movie-like as possible.. :D