After watching some of the BKSOR Perpetual…errr, Premium…Edition streaming from Expo this weekend, the ole gears started turning about what makes a good streaming game. I’d like to see organizers put a little more thought into this, especially for high-profile events, so we might get to see more interesting games. We can never guarantee high drama or intrigue, or that a matchup isn’t going to be narcoleptic, but I think we can at least set the stage for better action.
Just off the top of my head,
I’d say elements of a good streaming game could be:
Relatively easy to follow
Different ways to play
Makes players make different shots throughout the game
Not that easily exploitable / repeatable elements for good players
Long, blow up games are an exception, not a rule
A bad streaming game:
repeatable shots that are easy, safe, and lucrative
only one way to play in tournaments, ball after ball, player after play, the same thing
endless shots up the middle
too easy/long playing
PLungathon games - while games like Jackbot and Ghostbusters have many elements that might make them a good streaming game, endless plunging and playfield validation fun can get really tiring really quick.
The above are just general guidelines that resonate with me. I’d rather this not get into a minutea of whether or not my own list of games jibes exactly with what I wrote above, but I’d be interested in YOUR picks of good streaming games, or what you think makes a good streaming game.
A quick list off the top of my head:
Stern Rolling Stones
Wizard of Oz
Black Knight Pro
Black Knight Premium
Independence Day (though maybe it’s saved by a fairly intreresting multiball?)
Congo (every game seems to unfold the same way and way too many video modes + dumb monkey game)
NBA Fast Break
Houdini (game is just a hot mess)