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Whore Of The Orient secures $200,000 in funds

Whore Of The Orient secures $200,000 in funds

Mon 24 Jun 2013 8:55am GMT / 4:55am EDT / 1:55am PDT
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Screens NSW backs KMM Interactive Productions project

KMM Interactive Productions' Whore Of The Orient is showing signs of life again, with a new $200,000 in funding from Australian trade and investment board Screens NSW.

Original developer Team Bondi closed its doors in 2011, and some of the team found a new home at production studio Kennedy Miller Mitchell, where work on Whore Of The Orient continued. Last April there were reports production had been shut down after the game lost its publisher, but this latest turn of events suggests the project is still ongoing.

"Through the Interactive Media Fund, Screen NSW has proudly supported a range of immensely talented and innovative creative professionals who have helped Australia lead the world in the exciting world of interactive storytelling," said Screen NSW CEO Maureen Barron.

"Along the way we have helped build creative digital skills, business opportunities, innovative new products and valuable international reputation."

A number of other games studios also received funding, including Intuitive Game Studios, formed by L.A. Noire lead designer Alex Carlyle and storyboard artist Kelly Baigent. It received $30,451 for Canonical Five, "a thrilling interactive detective game."

15 Comments

Andrew Watson Programmer

103 260 2.5
Still think it needs a new name.

Posted:A year ago

#1
I hope they make this.

Posted:A year ago

#2

Matt Martin Editor, GamesIndustry.biz

173 113 0.7
Not a chance. And what does $200k get you?

Posted:A year ago

#3

Martin Klima Executive Producer, Warhorse Studios

26 50 1.9
@Matt Martin: Three months max, I think. Depends on the team size, of course.

Posted:A year ago

#4

Nic Wechter Senior Designer, Black Tusk (MGS Vancouver)

33 69 2.1
Sadly I'll be very much surprised if anything usefull comes of this.

Posted:A year ago

#5

Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

2,194 1,169 0.5
I just keep thinking of Robert Mitchum in Night of the Hunter yelling out "You whores of Babylon!" as he's threatening those two kids he's going after at one point in that film...

Posted:A year ago

#6

Paul Jace Merchandiser

945 1,433 1.5
They really need to do something about that title. Polilicians will have a field day with that in the US.

Posted:A year ago

#7

Morville O'Driscoll Blogger & Critic

1,613 1,475 0.9
They really need to do something about that title. Polilicians will have a field day with that in the US.
*cough* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Best_Little_Whorehouse_in_Texas

Posted:A year ago

#8

Tim Ogul Illustrator

335 464 1.4
Yes, yes, but that was in Texas, when it's in the Orient it's a whole different animal.

Posted:A year ago

#9

Morville O'Driscoll Blogger & Critic

1,613 1,475 0.9
Mmmm... Debatable. Which is to say, in all seriousness there should be no difference in attitude, but there likely is/will be, sadly. (I doubt the good folk of Texas like having a musical with the word "whorehouse" tainting their great state.)

(Also, not sure if that was a joke/sarcasm. If it was, then... Damn I'm too sleepy for this. :) )

Edited 2 times. Last edit by Morville O'Driscoll on 25th June 2013 12:01pm

Posted:A year ago

#10

Adam Campbell Associate Producer, Miniclip Ltd

1,199 1,017 0.8
I don't think the name is as much of a problem as the question of will the game development cycle be able to sustain itself and come out as a quality, film-like production which it probably aims to be?

Posted:A year ago

#11

Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer

1,269 941 0.7
Im ok with the name. Politicians need to losen up when it comes to games. Movies are allowed to do really crazy, violent and sexual stuff. It would be nice can be just as broad, touching more mature themes. You can have your kids games and I play many, Im a huge Nintendo fan. But it would be nice if games can approach more real life situations and drama or just plain cross the boundries of a game and have that deep storytelling, and characterization elements of a movie. Like a video game equivalent to the movie "the fighter" or "Requiem of a Dream". Games that touch themes like prostitution, Child abuse, drug addiction and domestic violence.

However before people get all worked up, Im not saying use this as a game play element, but rather an element that drives the story... You can take the topics found in a movie like "requiem for a dream" and make an RPG with variouse characters, and part of the story is trying to maybe keep the character from consuming drugs and making different choices and ultimatly saving the world. But all done in a very seriouse narrative.

We can have a game where you play an investigator, trying to save a family from an abusive father, and the more time you try to crack the case, the more bad things happen. And it would be no different than a movie, except that you have control over the narrative.

I am in no way, implying that a game should be made where your a rapist and the goal is to rape a girl. Noooooooo... however games should be allowed to touch these topics and should have a sophisticated narrative like in oscar winning movies, but the difference is you as the gamer take part in how events unfold.

Before anybody gets mad, all Im saying is that games should be able to go into topics found in movies. All young gamers eventually get older one day, and it would be nice to see some games taylor made for adults. And I dont mean meaningless violence or sex. Just a game that touches upon "SERIOUSE" topics. This is why I find Snake from Metal gear such a fascinating character. His stories have a very deep narrative to them and lots of moral conflics. The trailer of MGS5 went deeper into that, presenting war orphens and imprisoned children, trained and breed to fight in a war as soldiers. It tells a fictional narrative, but can be related to real world events. Hunger, War, Human Trafficking, goverment corruption.

I have no idea what "Whore of the Orient" is but it should be allowed to be made and called this. If taylor made for adults it should be labled on the box appropriatly. In fact Im ok if games had a 21+ rating on them.

If any of you get what im trying to say, please explain it to me... thanx.

Posted:A year ago

#12

Ruben Monteiro Engineer

82 197 2.4
And I thought I sucked at coming up with names.

Posted:A year ago

#13

Paul Jace Merchandiser

945 1,433 1.5
@Morville--But that was a movie. I realize that we don't care about that distinction but politicians are incapable of such things. They will rally against it "just because" it's a video game, especially if another high profile shooting happens anywhere near it's launch....or three years after it's launch. Basically here in the US a game with that kind of name is just another stepping stone for the average politician to grand stand against to make a name for themselves and win some more votes.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Paul Jace on 26th June 2013 1:06am

Posted:A year ago

#14
@Rick - I'm ok if it has +65 rating on it. ;-)

Seriously though as far as I'm aware "Whore of the orient" was the name of Shanghai in the 20s which is where and when this game is set. The only problem I have is that it's perhaps whoring itself by being intentionally controversial.

The reason why I would like to see it made is that I do think that these games are the first stepping stones to broadening the audience for games and tackling stories that haven't really been dealt with. While this game might not be the end all and be all I do think it will move the medium forward as opposed to another FPS.

But yea unfortunately it probably won't get made.

Posted:A year ago

#15

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