They’ve made a TV drama about fishing (Deadliest Catch), kitchen maintenance (Kitchen Nightmares), staying at hotels (Hotel Hell), etc.
Many of us would agree that there is drama taking place in game companies as well, especially near crunch time.
If a reality TV drama about game development were to be made, what would you expect or like to see in it?
What would be the overall theme? What would be the point of tension building up to a final climax and then celebration at the end?
Cooking is not exciting in itself so chef Ramsey intentionally injects drama by yelling at and provoking people, so keep in mind that although it may be difficult to think about what could be dramatic about the creation of games, it can be artificially induced for the TV show, and enhanced with creative editing.
So think outside the box and think about what a reality TV drama about video-games would need to succeed.
A few of my own ideas are that it might need to be heavy on the documentary side as well, with a major selling point being that people get to see behind-the-scenes footage of major games pre-release. For example broken AI, interviews with designers on what decisions they made and why, etc.
The contention between some people can be enhanced and exploited for the show. In smaller studios there is often a lot more fighting between people and ego clashes. Sometimes a programmer wants to do it his way against the designer, etc.
In my first job, a fellow coworker and I got the music samples back and listened to them privately in the meeting room and agreed they were perfect. High quality and perfect for the atmosphere we wanted.
Then the CEO walked in and immediately said, “I just heard the music samples the guy sent. It’s terrible, don’t you agree? And completely the wrong atmosphere.” A perfect moment for a reality TV drama documentary (I officially coin “dramacumentary” as a word now) as we slapped our faces.
So what would you want to see in such a show?