For most developers, it’s relatively easy to create games with systems and design standards that players already know. But creating a game with a completely original concept revolving around unique gameplay poses a much bigger challenge. However, there are huge benefits to developing these projects as gaming has the potential to convey meaningful messages in ways that no other medium can. Those who want to play an original game may find something to appreciate Not for broadcast, a title that asks the player to manage a propaganda news program. Not for broadcast has been on Steam Early Access for almost a year now, but it will finally be fully released on January 25th.
Publisher tinyBuild has just posted a new teaser trailer for the game to coincide with the release date announcement. Trailers can use either live FMV or full motion video, creating a feel reminiscent of some of the old FMV titles that appeared on the Sega CD. The amount of buttons and other interactive elements on the screen may seem intimidating, but it will likely make more sense for players as they play around with the game.
An astigmatism with a humorous edge
Based on Steam page, Not for broadcast acts as “a dark comedy of television chaos that lets you choose what you want to see on TV, no matter what other people want.” Since “egotistical celebrities, dishonest politicians, and weird sponsors” all compete for attention, players will need to decide what content will be broadcast and “make sure the show goes on without interruption.” To do this, they can “cut between multiple camera feeds, edit titles, remove confusing language,” and more. Players have a considerable degree of freedom over what they choose to broadcast as long as they “can capture the attention of the audience.”
Not for broadcast presents another dilemma for players to consider is that they won’t get much money from their boss. To get around this, players can get help from “a select few (if a little sketchy) sponsors” who can provide money and a bit of humour. Additionally, players will need to keep the show running even during major emergencies, such as a Category 5 hurricane. Nothing can stop viewers from getting their news and if the topics are serious As important as war or politics risk making their mood worse, the player will have to make a choice to continue watching. Not even the “increasingly panicked conversation of the news team behind the scenes” didn’t stop players from keeping the public entertained.
A promising premise
To the end, Not for broadcast seems like a remarkably unique experience, and the fact that the release date is less than two weeks away should be quite exciting for those looking to try something new. The Early Access version received an “Extremely Positive” rating on Steam, which bodes well for the final release.
https://www.pcinvasion.com/not-for-broadcast-final-release-date/ Propaganda TV Simulator Not for Broadcast now has a final release date