Unlock Achievements By Watching TV
Before you start doing a Cavie “squeeeeeeeeee” let it be known that this is a rumour, nothing more and probably something less. Okay, now you know the risks. Microsoft has applied for a patent which could link Achievements to television. The patent specifically ties “awards and achievements to particular items of video or advertising content.”
“Television viewing tends to be a passive experience for a viewer, without many opportunities for the viewer to engage or have interactive experiences with the presented content,” the application states (as reported by GamesIndustry.biz).
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“To increase interactive viewing and encourage a user to watch one or more particular items of video content, awards and achievements may be tied to those items of video content.”
The technology could reward viewers for watching a particular event such as the UEFA Champions League final or for being a regular viewer of Game of Thrones.
The application continues: “Additionally, by tying the awards and achievements to particular items of video or advertising content, viewers may be encouraged to increase their viewership of the content, thus increasing advertising opportunities.”
Now, that’s pretty neat and Achievement whores down here in SA will probably cry due to the fact that we won’t benefit from such a system as our TV services will almost certainly not be linked via Xbox One.
That said, I have some improvements to make. What about integrating these achievements with Kinect so that you can be awarded achievements for the following:
- attempting to masturbate to Game of Thrones
- enjoying a steak while watching Hannibal
- watching a romantic movie alone
- falling asleep during How I Met Your Mother
- never missing an episode of Jersey Shore