Saturday, August 25, 2007

Choose Your Own Tube

For anyone who thought I post too many videos from the We Need Girlfriends comedy troupe, get ready to get annoyed again.

I discovered these young Australian theater kids on Youtube a few months ago, and I was so impressed by them that I eagerly gobbled down all of their episodes.

Do you remember as a kid, the Choose Your Own Adventure books? If you are a child of the 80's, you probably do.

In a nutshell the CYOA books were simple adventure stories written for kids, but the reader actually got to make decisions on how the story should turn out, and the story would change each time based on those decisions.

For instance, you might be reading a passage like this:

"Johnny takes a step forward in the cave, and sees a huge hole in the ground."

"If you want Johnny to try to jump over the hole, go to page 48. If you would rather try to find another way around, go to page 98".

You get the idea. I used to LOVE these books as a kid.

These videos run under the same idea. At the end of each episode, the kids put forth a series of questions on how the viewers want to see the main character do next, and Youtubers vote. The kids base their next webisode on whatever wins the vote.

It's really a brilliant idea, and aside from a first episode that just gave me a few smiles, some of the later ones really had me laugh out loud.

These guys are pretty talented. Check em out.

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