Want to read Slashdot from your mobile device? Point it at m.slashdot.org and keep reading!


Forgot your password?
Google Patents Games Technology

Google Might Get Into Hosted Gaming Via YouTube 36

bizwriter writes "A recent patent application from Google describes a way to provide 'the collaborative generation of interactive features for digital videos, and in particular to interactive video annotations enabling control of video playback locations and creation of interactive games.' Get into the description and you find it's about building games on top of video submissions, making it sound that Google plans to extend its YouTube site into an associated gaming site."
This discussion has been archived. No new comments can be posted.

Google Might Get Into Hosted Gaming Via YouTube

Comments Filter:
  • Sounds a lot like the http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPQ1XrllZmA&feature=player_embedded [youtube.com]>Streetfighter II video(s) they did.
    Very well done. Although not that good, it certainly is a nice idea.
    • by Qzukk ( 229616 )

      That seems to be what they're talking about.

      Before it will work well they will have to implement nico nico features like chaining and looping (especially looping so people don't have to create 5 minute long video of just waiting for the person to push a button). Preferably without the scrolling comments.

  • Newgrounds... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Lord Lode ( 1290856 ) on Tuesday December 29, 2009 @07:21PM (#30588412)

    It seems like they reinvented Newgrounds (which is 14 years old and still kicking!).

    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by Draele ( 1693326 )
      I was just thinking that. Being something of a regular Newgrounds user, I kinda felt my heart sink when I saw that. It doesn't look like it's quite the same, but it still bothers me that this is happening. All I can hope is that it's different enough to leave Newgrounds some space, or, failing that, its expanded fanbase will keep it alive. If it doesn't, Google is officially one small step closer to total domination of the internet.
      • Re: (Score:1, Interesting)

        by Anonymous Coward

        reminded me of streammygame.com, which i don't use as it's kinda complicated. what would be interesting is a real terrain mapped from google maps street view for 3d exploration.

  • by cstdenis ( 1118589 ) on Tuesday December 29, 2009 @07:26PM (#30588478)

    "interactive video annotations" sounds like Nico Nico Douga.

  • My kids play this occasionally, otherwise I would not know of it.


    "he game combines questions read from trivia cards or viewed on a television from an included DVD or based on clips from movies, TV shows, music videos, sports and other popular culture phenomena."
  • a) people exploiting this and thus gaming google gaming....or a game in which you do this titled, "gaming google gaming game." and therefore if you cheat in said game you are gaming gaming google gaming....buffallo buffalo buffalo buffalo....

    b) in soviet russia, google games you...tube!.....

    it's been a while.

    • c) Sup dawg! We herd u like gaming, so we put a video game on your video sharing site so you can video game while u watch videos.

  • by raving griff ( 1157645 ) on Tuesday December 29, 2009 @08:14PM (#30588976)
    Back when annotations first came to Youtube, the site advertised that the annotations could be used to make interactive videos and games by linking together videos. They included a magic trick video as an example in which you would select a particular card or something to that effect and you would be linked to the magician doing a trick specifically based on that card. The description of the patent sounds very similar to the language they used when describing it, so I don't believe we can expect any innovation (covered by this patent at the very least) beyond what Youtube already has.
  • Good luck with the headshots.

  • by TheModelEskimo ( 968202 ) on Tuesday December 29, 2009 @08:50PM (#30589238)
    Stuff like this video [youtube.com] illustrates the point better than TFA. Basically you can use Google's annotations tool to turn videos into "Choose your own Adventure" games or even full multimedia presentations. From TFA it sounds like Google want to make it possible to do this all within a single video. Not a bad idea.

    I think it would be a great idea for Google to spin off a Youtube-like site for videos of this type that tell interactive stories.
    • I wondered how much work went into these kind of things -> Interactive Easter Egg Hunt [youtube.com]
    • This is of not much use until Youtube accepts pornographical submissions.

      She is now nude and lying on your bed, watching you and waiting for your next move.

      To spread her legs and insert your penis, click here [youtube.com].
      To perform cunninglus on her, click here [youtube.com]

    • Great, I can look forward to spending 10 minutes wading my way through adventure choices for them all to end in a rick roll.
      • by macshit ( 157376 )

        Great, I can look forward to spending 10 minutes wading my way through adventure choices for them all to end in a rick roll.

        Kinda like real life...

  • While I'm sure this will work on multiple platforms, it seems very complimentary to what we have seen of Chrome OS.

    I doubt they expect to sway hardcore gamers with this, but certainly the casual, iPhone-esque gamers might be wooed.

    And keeping it within Youtube makes sense; here at least they can exercise some degree of control over the user experience, as opposed to the myriad of Flash games out there currently.
  • Finally, we have the technology to reproduce Dragon's Lair - and anyone who's tried it knows how much fun that was! Welcome to the 80s... now if only there was some way to store these interactive videos on a big shiny disc.
  • GAIKAI... OnLive... OToy ... GOOOOGLE

I THINK MAN INVENTED THE CAR by instinct. -- Jack Handley, The New Mexican, 1988.