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Film at Eleven

by Bowen Greenwood


About the Story

"Welcome to a day in the life of Betty Byline! Two months out of journalism school you enter the workplace with big time dreams of network television news. Fame, fortune and glory, all writ large under the unrelenting gaze of the klieg lights. There are eight million stories in the Naked City, and it's your job to tell them, tell them best, and tell them first.

Unfortunately this isn't the Naked City. This is Pleasantville, USA, population 50,000. And you're not exactly working for the network news. You're working for local television station KTKO, the Knockout News Team -- a one camera, one reporter operation with a fat, balding old news director who smokes cheap cigars. Forget fortune and glory, for now your big career objective is not to have to give too many on-air endorsements of 'Kletus's Used Car and Farm Implement Emporium.' OK, so maybe you're not Dan Rather yet. Everybody has to start somewhere, and at least this is a start in front of a camera." [--blurb from Competition Aught-One]

Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: 2
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform 6
Baf's Guide ID: 1667
IFIDs:  ZCODE-1-010928-33B3
TUID: n4dvdlpmny46zhy6

Off-Site Reviews

>VERBOSE -- Paul O'Brian's Interactive Fiction Page

Like a miniature version of Dangerous Curves, this game takes us into a town where trouble's brewing at City Hall, NPCs abound, and it'll take a little trickery to crack the case before time runs out. Of course, there are significant differences. Instead of a downtrodden private eye, the PC here is the rather incongruously named Betty Byline, a television reporter on her first big assignment. The character's name is strange, not just because television reporters don't really have bylines, but because it signals a sort of cartoony, Archie-comics wholesomeness that's notably missing from the rest of the game. It's not as if the mayor is named Vinnie Veto and the bartender Sammy Scotchensoda. Thus, Betty finds herself a silly-name character somewhat misplaced in a more realistic world... Still, [various] quibbles aside, this was a solid game, and I enjoyed it very much. Betty Byline's adventures gave me a pleasant evening's diversion, and I felt a rush of vicarious triumph when I'd finally helped her reach that first big scoop of her career.
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v.1: 16-Oct-2007 01:49 - IFDB
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