Singstar was almost 'aboriginal dreamtime' where you sung to a tree

Singstar was very nearly a game set in 'aboriginal dreamtime'. That's according to Jamie Macdonald, former VP of development at SCE and now senior VP at Codemasters, who confesses: "The central mechanic involved singing to trees in a forest."

It was already known that SingStar started off life as a third-person adventure game for children, but it's clear now why the exact details were kept so secret. You know, because they're barking mad. Setting the game in a forest and having the player physically sing to unlock new environments? On one level it sounds quite Zelda-like... but on another, it makes Okami look as accessible as Call of Duty.

Above: Singing to a tree is a refreshingly different gameplay experience. Too much bloom lighting, mind

“We realised we needed the technology to identify pitch and rhythm," said Jamie. "In the end we weren’t sure the market was ready for a game about aboriginal dreamtime but by that stage we’d developed a neat bit of technology. Then we thought – we’ve got this, can we use it in a different way?" The answer, of course, was yes.

But we still want the tree game.

17 Aug, 2010


  • EroticInvisibleMan - August 18, 2010 10:31 a.m.

    Redeater: What does being Canadian have to do with it?
  • Cwf2008 - August 17, 2010 9:07 p.m.

    @Redeater: Lol at random pointless outrage. Btw how is America's gay hat...i mean Canada
  • shyfonzie - August 17, 2010 8:50 p.m.

    `Treeeeeeee, you are so greeeeeen. Thank you for your leeeaaaafffffsss. I loooovvvvvvvvvveee yoooouuuuuuuuuu`
  • Gahmah - August 17, 2010 1:51 p.m.

    That sounds different and pretty cool, that's the kinda uniqueness I want outta my games!
  • Redeater - August 17, 2010 12:28 p.m.

    I find that offensive! Myself being a very PC Canadian I think this language is very ignorant. This game should be referred to as indigenous people's dream! Please edit this article accordingly to fit the current term for indigenous people.
  • zigs - August 17, 2010 11:01 a.m.

    There is trouble in the forest, And the creatures all have fled, As the maples scream "Oppression!" And the oaks just shake their heads.
  • WrathLord03 - August 17, 2010 10:45 a.m.

    I wonder what songs you'd be singing to trees in the aboriginal dreamtime. Wouldn't really make sense singing "I Kissed a Girl" or even "Beat It" to a tree... Still, I know a bit about the aborginal dreamtime, which involves the creation of the world, and it would be really mystical to sing and watch life spring around you on a 3D TV with today's technology or even a regular TV, even if you sing like a strangled cat. Speaking of songs to sing in a game about creation, "(They Long To Be) Close to You" would be great. 'Why do birds...'
  • hero2bash - August 17, 2010 10:29 a.m.

    how the hell would that work?

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