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Monday, April 2, 2007

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The Movies Examined
12:04 PM | Cord Kruse | 7 comments

The latest review from Macworld's Game Room turns the spotlight on the Lionhead Studios movie industry sim, The Movies. Brought to the Mac by Feral Interactive, The Movies features Mac specific enhancements including support for iTunes libraries and integration of Garage Band and iMovie effects. The Game Room gave The Movies a score of 3.5 out of 5 mice.

From the review:

If you create an advanced script studio, for example, you can craft your own scripts, assembling them scene by scene by putting together storyboards. And you can also improve the quality of your movies by setting up a post-production studio, where you can judiciously edit and recut your movie, loop dialogue and add a soundtrack.

Yeah, you can do all that in The Movies. It’s pretty rich for a strategy game—it’s a bit like a game version of putting together an iMovie. Having said that, I don’t see that putting a huge amount of effort into how your movies are written or edited really affects the pace of gameplay at all—you can leave it up to the “experts” just as easily, and get great results. You can even export your movie to QuickTime and share it with others.

That’s one aspect that really sets Feral’s work with The Movies apart from “the average” Mac game conversion. Feral has gone above and beyond with this, incorporating Mac-specific features. You can use your iTunes library (excluding DRM-protected songs) in post-production, for example. Or you can use GarageBand. You can use sound samples from GarageBand Jam Packs, as well as iMovie effects and samples. Feral also has included Telestream’s Flip4Mac Studio software , which enables you to import and export Windows Media Video files (used for exchanging The Movies movies with other users).
Follow the links below to read the rest of the review and learn more about the game.

Macworld Game Room: The Movies Review
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