Feature: 'Shaping Your Community - What Films Did, Games Must Do'

The game industry has always been supported by enthusiastic communities of gamers. However, the relationship between development teams and the gaming public is often typified by either reticence or tension.

In this Gamasutra-exclusive feature, Andy Robertson examines the films achieved against-the-odds success with a devoted fanbase by capitalizing on the enthusiasm of their audiences.

For example, Robertson looks at Peter Jackson's unusual communication with fans during the development of the Lord of the Rings film trilogy:

"Jackson and his staff delivered blog-style entries dating back to the beginnings of their project that shared every aspect of the process from casting and location hunting to script writing and editing. Jackson himself took time during the busy filming schedule to record audio entries that answered questions from a variety of fan sites..."

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