I was wondering, what do all of you think would be some “nice touches” to put into the GIZMOPLEX? This would NOT be functional features, but nice ways for the announced features to be set up in a way that would pay tribute to MST3K’s rich history, memes, etc.
Every time someone enters an area, why not utilize a door sequence?
These can be a combination of classic door sequences (Seasons 1-12) or even new ones that are themed to the area the viewer is currently entering. Theoretically, if these use a video file, they’d be super easy to program and would even be compatible with the limited capabilities of the apps (since they’ll be just showing video files anyway).
What do you think, sirs? Opinions? Comments? Your own ideas?
“Sorry. We’re out of hamdingers.”
“Oops, that was the airlock.”
“Oh boy. You’re SOL on that one.”
“What are you doing here? We’ve got MOVIE SIGN! There’s no oxygen in this room now.”
“Oh, there you are! We found you on Rocket #9. Come back inside…”
I’m sure they’ll have some nice background image easter eggs for us here and there. That could be cool.
As for door sequences… Might be fun when going into a theater room. They’re designed after the countdown on a film strip. Doesn’t make much sense for going to other areas of the site, and I could see the extra load time getting frustrating the more you encounter it.
I was thinking of maybe muzak versions of MST3k songs from all the different seasons. And maybe some loudspeaker announcements like in old timey theaters. “Robert Peterson, pick up your free pizza!” (The Amazing Colossal Man). I’m on iPhone (and iPad) most of the time but if all this stuff is going to be more interactive on the web, I need a new laptop.
I’d like to see a concession area with snacks that are themed to the MST3K universe and/or some of the past featured films… like Boneheads candy themed after Lemonheads, a Daddy-O bar themed like a Bit-O-Honey, The Killer Chews themed after Charleston Chew, Gamera Bites (they’re made of meat!), Gizmo-Pellets, Hob-Bubblin soda, a popcorn-dispensing bot, and maybe a bright red gumball machine in the corner.
Maybe. But that’s extra work for the devs and extra clutter for the UI and extra work for the Servos servers. Up to the team if it’s worth it. But I know one experienced site UI designer who says a simpler design that works for everyone is ultimately better than one with 1000 customizable bells and whistles, no matter how much one user or another may think it would be nice to have options.
Somewhere, possibly on a 404 page, when something needs to be explained, instead of the same boring old “repeat to yourself…” bit, possibly the forums could play a short bit of Joel’s “unplugged” MST3K Love Theme performance from after he was locked out of the SOL during the KTMA years. It is awesomeloads of goofy, and probably the first iconic meta moment in the show. That would make me happy.