The British are great at inventing games. All the best ones come from over here - Football, Tennis, Cricket, Cluedo and Yahtzee for example.
Unfortunately we're not so good at playing them. The our national football teams promise much but fail to deliver, Wimbledon is a guaranteed (wet) fortnight of disappointment and it's been longer than anyone can remember, since the Great British Yahtzee squad came home with a trophy.
Take one of our most recent inventions 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Exported across the globe, unlike the English football team this was even a success in Japan (the only western game show ever to be shown there) but so far there have only been three £1 million winners.
This Christmas, ZOO is giving everyone with a DVD player the chance to become the fourth - in their own minds at least - with the release of a fully playable, interactive version of the show on DVD, which gives users a unique game each time they play.
Due for release on 4th November 2002, Millionaire marks a major leap forward for entertainment on the platform. Previous versions of Millionaire have proved phenomenally successful, shifting well over one million copies on both PlayStation and PC, but the creation of a stand-alone, interactive title of this quality is a first for DVD.
ZOO has worked closely with Millionaire producers Celador, to ensure this is the finest interactive version of the show ever created. ZOO has shot over 5 hours of exclusive footage featuring TV host Chris Tarrant. All of this is guaranteed to have families up and down the country, fighting for the remote controller and the chance to take a shot at the million.
The high production values of the TV show have been maintained, with the games' complex engine provided by ZOO-designed authoring system, DVD-ExtraTM.
DVD-Extra works by harnessing the huge interactive potential that currently lies dormant in every domestic player, unlocking the hidden capabilities of the DVD disc memory.
The use of DVD-ExtraTM has enabled ZOO to incorporate all the key elements of the show itself into the game. All the lifelines: 'Ask the Audience', 'Phone a Friend' and '50:50' are included, along with almost 1500 questions - far more than have appeared in any other version - penned by the shows question writers themselves. The technology has also ensured players will experience a unique game, with randomised questions, every time the game is played!
ZOO has signed a three-year, pan-European deal with Millionaire producers Celador, to deliver a raft of interactive titles on DVD.
Commenting on the release, the show's host Chris Tarrant said:
"The world's favourite quiz show has been enormously successful in many forms - on interactive TV, PlayStation, mobile phones, even Christmas cards. But the big opportunity has been to make it work on ordinary DVD players - allowing the whole family to play in the comfort of their sitting room.
For years I have been told that the technical difficulties were overwhelming. No-one has ever been able to capture the depth and excitement of Millionaire on DVD - until now. The DVD version delivers a full video and audio experience that gets you as close as possible to the real thing. And a chance to see lots more of me compared with the other versions!!! And all you need is the remote control.
DVD-Extra. I don't understand how it works, but I have seen what it can do. Thanks to those clever people at ZOO, you are about to experience the most true to life Millionaire experience ever - that's some achievement"