The Playful Viewer: Gamification of a Documentary - SXSW Film 2013 by SXSW published on 2013-03-14T19:45:08Z This panel discussion springs from the newly released interactive documentary 48 Hour Games which takes place during the Nordic Game Jam, where teams are followed through their creative process, as they struggle to create computer games from scratch under time pressure, leading up to the grand finale. The documentary presents an authored branched narrative structure. Viewers choose which characters to follow and favor, by doing so they unlock bonus sketches, sound tracks, video clips and games depending on their preferred choices of storyline. 48 Hour Games attempts to tell a real life story in a playful way. Some people label it as being gamified, but what does that actually mean? With this documentary as a starting point, the panelists look at the concept of gamification and beyond. We will examine the thin, dynamic borderline between player and a viewer, and the slippery slope between structure and free form. We will explore the limitations and drawbacks of gamification and try to find the essence of an immersive, interactive documentary experience. Examples from 48 Hour Games will be presented during the panel, but you are welcome to prepare yourself here: www.48hourgames.com . Come and join us in a fruitful discussion!