Virsix Games ‘makes gaming history’ with crowdsourced act-it-out title Star Auditions

Virsix Games is giving players the chance to be a part of gaming history as the company begins crowdsourcing game content for its latest release, Star Audition – the world’s first act-it-out party game enhanced by smart speaker technology.

Through the launch of its new Kickstarter campaign, Virsix Games will crowdsource game content, enabling backers to submit scripts to be included in Star Audition.

It’s just the latest move from Virsix Games founders Nolan Bushnell – the founder of Atari and Chuck E. Cheese – and Zai Ortiz – the creative director behind some of Hollywood’s biggest films – and the pair’s mission to ‘go beyond traditional tabletop games’ by mixing analogue play with cutting edge technologies.

Star Audition is an act-it-out party game in which players take on the role of Hollywood actors auditioning for their next big break. Players perform dialogues randomly selected from a multitude of scripts across a variety of film genres, from the golden age of Hollywood, to today’s blockbusters.

Auditionees must give the performance of a lifetime in order to impress a panel of judges and win the game.

Helping to set the stage and take the gameplay beyond the traditional tabletop, Star Audition uses Amazon Alexa and Google Home technology to deliver an array of cinematic elements.

“New technologies always inspire new experiences and ways to have fun,” said Nolan Bushnell, co-founder of Virsix Games and the founder of Atari.

“By leveraging Kickstarter’s unique community to crowdsource game content, we believe we will be able to create a game like no other. Tapping into Kickstarter’s creative pool of backers will help make Star Audition unique and engaging in ways we never imagined.” 

The Star Audition Kickstarter perks include the option to contribute scripts to be reviewed by Bushnell and the Virsix team, as well as Hollywood producers and directors. Selected scripts will be included and become part of the final game, to be read by thousands around the world.

Other Kickstarter perks include an autographed copy of the game, as well as a virtual play party, mentorship hour, and Two Bit Circus play party – each with the ‘Godfather of Video Games’  himself, Nolan Bushnell. More information on how to submit ideas and other perks can be found here

To make sure each game feels fresh, Virsix has created millions of playing combinations, as well as optional smart speaker extended play to heighten player immersion with cinematic sound effects and musical overlays. Optional rules also include extra roles for players and the ability to improvise lines.

Each game lasts 20 to 30 minutes for a full play-through. 

“We really wanted to create a new type of game that merged technology and cinema in unique and interesting ways,” said Zai Ortiz, co-founder of Virsix Games and Hollywood creative director.

“We worked with real-life Hollywood voice actors to develop almost endless AI synthetic voices and cinematic sounds from all the iconic Hollywood movie genres. Combined with the creativity of our Kickstarter backers and community, players will feel like they’re on a real-world movie set. We are very excited to bring this game to life.” 

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