Psh! Why just watch Youtube videos when you could PLAY them? Rather than just staring at the computer screen, new kinds of videos called Interactive Videos encourage users to interact with the video by clicking on the embedded annotations. This fad started around 2008 when annotations were first created, originally used for commentary purposes. Videos like these are like the modern day “Choose Your Own Adventure” stories because they let the user determine how the story is played. The videos work by presenting the user with different choices, and whatever choice the user clicks, the video skips to that specific time segment or it jumps to a different video altogether. The videos visited are based on what paths the user follows.
This interactive game called “Luigi’s Mansion Interactive” contains over 20 videos. The user must help Luigi save Princess Daisy from the evil clutches of Waluigi in the haunted mansion. Over half of the videos in the whole story are complete nonsense that is meant to stall time (oh god…there’s one that is over an hour long). The others are videos that make you lose the game and start from the last point. Also with this game, the user is given a mini assignment along with the original quest, and that is to find all of the mushrooms in every video. The ones who find all the mushrooms win a free t-shirt from the producers. (I won a t-shirt from them!)