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Chapter 2. iTV Scenarios > Game Scenarios

2.4. Game Scenarios

Although games for use on wireless and personal digital assistants (PDAs) are mainly targeted at a single player and one viewer, designing good iTV games often proves challenging because of TV's communal nature. The hunt for new and ingenious ways to create large audiences for iTV games is already elevating game developers to new heights.

In many scenarios, the viewer tunes to a dedicated games channel and is asked to enter a user-name that identifies the user's game profile. Subsequently, a list of games is presented. Those games are classified according to single-player and multiplayer games. In the game index, each game may have a short preview animation as well as some text describing its rules. When applicable, on selection of a game, the viewer is given the option to resume a saved game. During the game, an option is given to save the game. On completion of a game, the viewer's score is compared to the list of published high scores for that week. In some cases, the viewer may join an ad hoc group of players competing against another group of players. If the score is sufficiently high, the viewer is offered some perks (e.g., air travel miles) or the option of recording his or her score for a small fee.


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