GameTech: Duo make a pitch for new Seinfeld game

Do you hear that? It’s the sound of a slapping bass, marking the introduction of Seinfeld: The Video Game.
GameTech: Duo make a pitch for new Seinfeld game
Jacob Janerka and Ivan Dixon are hoping to get official permission to create a full Seinfeld game.

Do you hear that? It’s the sound of a slapping bass, marking the introduction of Seinfeld: The Video Game.

But don’t get excited just yet, this game could exit the room quicker than Kramer if you don’t support it.

Seinfeld has been off the air for many years, but it remains one of the most successful TV shows of all time.

The chances of a reunion are slim, but continued adventures in video game form? That’s something Jacob Janerka and Ivan Dixon believe possible.

The two men aren’t affiliated with Seinfeld, but created a fantastic pitch for the game in point-and-click form, complete with wonderful pixel art and all the aesthetics and characters of the TV show.

They are hoping that their pitch will gather support online, leading to interest from the property owner.

“We want to do this the official way,” the team say on their website.

“However, we believe that pitching to the internet will show the demand for such a game, which will provide a better chance of this becoming a thing than us just sending a cold email. We want our email to be warm, if that makes any sense.”

Janerka and Dixon have credibility.

Janerka made the excellent, extremely weird and funny adventure game Paradigm, while Dixon has done pixel art for Childish Gambino, The Simpsons, Adventure Time and Rick and Morty.

So why have two talented artists come together to pitch something so decidedly unlikely, and even potentially litigious?

“Honestly, we are just huge fans of the show,” the duo state.

“There is an incredible list of better scams and cash grabs that are less of a long shot. We could live like kings and commit mail fraud, however we’d much rather follow our hearts.

“We both currently work full-time, Jacob in game development and Ivan in animation.

"However, this game is something we’ve been talking about for years and, in fact, it’s how we met. Our friendship is forged through a popular ‘90s sitcom.”

So what will the game itself be like? For those who haven’t played a point-and-click, what does it entail?

“We will write a brand new story revolving around the Seinfeld characters designed to work in this medium, remaining faithful to the tone and themes of the show.”

“Like the show’s running length, we intend for the game to take roughly half an hour.

"This is ultimately scalable and multiple half-hour episodes can be made or added later as DLC.

"Also like the show, the story would take place over three separate acts.

"In each act you will assume the role of Jerry, George or Elaine as their stories interweave and overlap with one another, just like the show.”

The gameplay meanwhile, involves picking up and interacting with items in the environment, talking to characters, and figuring out the path forward by solving story-driven puzzles.

Games like Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle and more recently Telltale’s The Walking Dead are all examples of the storied point-and-click adventure genre.

What do Ivan and Jacob need to get the game made? Well, they need official approval from the licence holders. For that, they are asking the help of fans.

“Please share this far and wide if you would like it to happen. Use the hashtag #seinfeldgame and share and watch the pitch trailer. Just remember, it is a game if you believe it is.”

Cue the bass.

CHARITY GAMING

Meanwhile, Games Done Quick slapped together a weekend speed-running charity event to provide PPE for health workers – and it promptly raised an incredible $400,000.

Anyone familiar with the excellent work done by this team will not be surprised.

Despite that, almost half a million in one weekend, with runners streaming from their homes rather than in person at an event, is a wonderful testament to the speed-running community.

As a reminder, speed-running is the act of completing a game as quickly as possible, and the best runners do it with mind-blowing skill and knowledge of the game.

In these Games Done Quick events, the goal is not to beat records, but to celebrate the community and show the audience their favourite games being (lovingly) torn apart.

Some of the games that were run include Super Mario Bros 3, Super Metroid, Dark Souls and NieR: Automata.

All the money raised went to Direct Relief, an international organisation providing PPE to places needing it most.

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