Not for broadcast is an FMV game about creating a TV show. As the national evening news airs live on your screen, you’ll edit, censor profanity (and later, politically controversial phrases if you want), and even choose what plays in the commercial breaks.

As tensions rise, a burgeoning resistance movement requires you to broadcast their anti-government propaganda in place of regular news in order to dramatically change the message being delivered to the masses of die-hard viewers.

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The feeling of creating a television show, controlling what the audience at home sees, and influencing the stories of the characters and the world is the experience we want from you, our player.

In a world dominated by visual media consumption, it’s time to take a closer look at the power they have over us. And what better way to raise the stakes and give you a heightened sense of urgency and power than to make it all happen? After all, news is reported as it happens. There are no pauses in real life, no rewinding the interview to ask another question, and of course there is no avoiding the barrage of commercials. That experience, the stress, the fun, and the creativity of making decisions along the way to tell your story, to see how the narrative evolves from the consequences of those decisions; it’s fun Not for broadcast.

Of course, this presented a completely different problem.

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Our biggest challenge was shooting the footage in one continuous shot. Calling this “The Live TV Experience” meant no cuts… That’s right: none. You are the editor here, not us. So, while the film consists of only the best footage cut from all the footage you got for the day, we don’t have that luxury. We had to shoot every scene in one take – some of them were close to 20 minutes!

Our incredibly talented cast had to learn relatively long scripts and execute them in one take without a single mistake in front of moving cameras whose operators had their own world of challenges. We were lucky that most of our scenes were shot in ten takes or less, but it was not uncommon for teenagers to do longer or more difficult scenes.

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We did this through a powerful combination of planning, exceptional cast and crew members, and a very deliberate decision to make the shoot more like a theater show than a set. Rehearsals by an ensemble cast that were ready to work with the beats of the live performance and respond accordingly until we got a scene that worked.

This meant serious pressure for everyone. Loosen the line in 12 minutes? Defocus the camera? We all go back to the top. Although the upside is that once you do that take, you’re done and can go to the pub.

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This format also had additional wrinkles in the form of long complex tracks for our friends who did the Russian and Chinese dubbing Not for broadcast, but if you’ve heard our fully produced rap single “Paint It Red” in Russian, I think you’ll agree that time and money were well spent. As it turned out, this resulted in a record amount of frames in our end game, over a whopping 41 hours.

So next time you play Not for broadcast, and you’ll get to a story that’s over 15 minutes long. Think of the cast, crew, dubbing crews, and NotGames team that took this flawless action in one step from script to game. We will definitely do that when we plan the next one!

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It’s time for the National Evening News. The nation tunes in and you decide what’s right for broadcast. Pick the most exciting (or scandalous) angles, sound the boos, and decide which ads to run to keep your sponsors happy. No pressure, right? I mean, who pays attention to the news anyway? Not For Broadcast is a dark comedy game about TV mayhem where you get to choose what you want to see on TV regardless of what others want. Selfish celebrities, dishonest politicians and strange sponsors clash on the air. You are here to ensure a smooth show. Switch between feeds from multiple cameras, change titles, shout obscenities – all with minutes to spare while live streaming! You decide whether to toe the party line or create a scandal if you manage to hold the audience’s fickle attention. Frame the Picture (and the Debate): Entertain the general public with your editing skills. You are the artist, and the broadcast is your canvas. Keep it PG: Smash that big red CENSOR button to avoid foul language (and other sensitive information) on air. Keep the news safe for both children and oppressive political regimes. Choose headlines manually: You can see more news than can fit in one broadcast, so someone (that’s you) gets to choose what goes on air. To represent a football player as a beauty in love or a drunken brat? Your call, and just one of many. It’s just TV, isn’t it? It’s not like you can change the fate of an entire nation… Live up to the hype: powerful as you are, you really aren’t paid enough. Some hand-picked sponsors (albeit a bit patchy) can help replenish that bank balance and give you a few laughs along the way. Customer satisfaction is not guaranteed and no refunds are issued. The show must go on! Nothing will stop the National Nightly News, not even existential threats! Keep streaming no matter how weird things get. News stops for no one, not even a Category 5 storm! Keep them laughing as you go: Okay, so the news isn’t all sunshine and celebrity embarrassment. It’s all talk of war, and politics only gets to you. But don’t worry, be happy! Tune in for the chaos, spread the word, and whatever you do, don’t listen to the increasingly panicked chatter off the news crew. all right