The man, the music, the MMO. When you think of Michael Jackson, which of those three things simply does NOT fit?
Well, evidently you don’t know what you’re talking about, because according to SEE Virtual Worlds this is going to be the next big thing! You know SEE Virtual Worlds, right? Why they’re only the people who made the Touring Star Trek exhibit that no one ever saw because the “tour” never left southern California due to racking up more debt than profit (seriously, the people running the tour racked up such a hefty bill that they ended up having to SELL the tour and all props to the VENUE where they were staying!).
So, these people who can make prop replicas have decided that now they can make an MMO. In an interview with the UK’s telegraph, SEE’s vice president of development Josh Gordon gave us an idea of what to expect from a game where a massive amount of people can all experience the life of one man. Kinda like The Truman Show, only creepier.
So, first of all, according to the press release “Planet Michael is an MMO based on the life and works of Michael Jackson.” How exactly is that going to work?
How do you mean?
Well, I have to say, when I heard Planet Michaelwas happening, it immediately filled my mind with that scene from Being John Malkovichwhen John Malkovich goes inside his own head and sees a world entirely populated by him with everyone saying, “Malkovich. Malkovich. Malkovich.” over and over again.
(Laughs) I do remember that scene! Right! I guess your question is “what is Planet Michael“? OK, well, are you familiar with MMO’s?
Honestly, the whole interview goes kinda downhill from there. When, in this day in age, you ask a journalist if they’ve ever heard of an “MMO” you have just lost all credibility that you have any idea what it is either. He might have well asked the guy if he had ever heard of “video games” or “moving picture show”. Read the interview if you feel inclined, but please remember that a project like this will likely never see the light of day. As Stargate Worlds taught us, it takes more than an idea and some screenshots to make a game.
On a related note, this story has made me realize there is no ‘fail’ category on our site. OK, fixed now!