Yoostar

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Yoostar
Developer(s) Blitz Games Studios
Publisher(s) SCS Software, Ubisoft, AQ Interactive, Focus Home Interactive, Morning Star Multimedia, Universomo, SLAM!GAMING, 2K Play, Namco Bandai Sweden, King Games, Walter Spud Softworks, vir2L Studios, BANCAL interactions
Distributor(s) Namco Bandai,[1] Avanquest Software, Sega, FUNimation
Platform(s) PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC, Mac
Genre(s) Casual
Distribution DVD-ROM, Blu-ray

Yoostar is a video-based gaming system developed by Yoostar Entertainment Group that allows users to insert themselves into movie or television scenes to perform with the films' original actors and post the resultant video on the Yoostar web site, as well as in third-party social networking environments like Facebook, YouTube or MySpace.[2] The game is a video karaoke, judging individuals performances.

YooStar Entertainment's first product – YooStar 1, for PC and Mac – was initially released in an exclusive marketing partnership with the Bloomingdale's department store chain on August 26, 2009,[3] and on Amazon.com and in select Best Buy stores on October 23, 2009.[4] The product became available in Best Buy locations throughout the United States on November 8, 2009.[5]

Yoostar 2, for the Xbox 360 Kinect and PlayStation Move released in North America on March 8, 2011. In the fall of 2011, Yoostar cooperated with MTV to allow users to star in scenes from MTV's TV shows and music videos. Yoostar on MTV, for Xbox 360 Kinect released in North America on November 15, 2011.[6]

Gameplay[edit]

To populate the Yoostar clip library, in-house artists digitally erase actors or other key figures in a licensed film or television clip. The company has patented this technique as its proprietary Active Immersion Technology.[7]

The user films him- or herself saying either the original lines from the clip using the software’s teleprompter, or ad-libbing their own version. A chalk outline is overlaid on the scene to help position the user in scale with the other actors. The user is allowed as many takes as needed to get a satisfactory result.[8]

The software then composites the user’s filmed content with the original clip in the same fashion Hollywood actors are filmed against green screens on set and inserted into digitally created backgrounds. The final product is then labeled and stored on the user's local machine, with the option to upload to Yoostar's website. The site provides the ability to embed content in any Flash-supporting HTML environment using raw code, or in blogging platforms and social networking sites such as Facebook. Yoostar site users can rate, comment, and share content with the public or a group of "Friends," depending on each clip's settings.

Yoostar 2[edit]

On Tuesday June 15, 2010, to coincide with the beginning of the 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo, Yoostar announced a second version of the game and launched a new website called Yoostar 2. Yoostar 2 is playable via the Xbox 360 (Kinect required) and PlayStation 3 (PlayStation Eye required, PlayStation Move optional) video game consoles. Yoostar2 includes 80 film scenes from major Hollywood studios, with hundreds of additional scenes available for download. Users are able to upload and share videos with friends and post their performances on Facebook. Users can also rate and review other performances and give and receive awards. Points are earned for social activity.[9]

Yoostar 2 Scene List – Film and television[10]
Title Scene(s)
300 This is Sparta! & Tonight we dine in hell!
Along Came Polly Me no estas too good.
American Pie Stifler's mom
Angels and Demons A Vatican jet is standing by
Animal House You're expelled!
Apollo 13 Houston, we have a problem
Baby Mama Here come yo' baby mama
Beverly Hills Cop Herpes simplex 10.
Blazing Saddles I was born here, and I was raised here.
The Blues Brothers It's 106 miles to Chicago.
Casablanca Here's looking at you, kid.
Coming to America I want to tear you apart.
CSI: Miami Gator bait!
Employee of the Month Call an emergency staff meeting!
Ferris Bueller's Day Off Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?
Forrest Gump It's a household name.
Frankenstein It's Alive!
The Godfather An offer he can't refuse.
Grease What's the matter – you afraid?
The Hangover One-man wolf pack. & Oh, Lord – it's Mike Tyson
The Italian Job I'm Handsome Rob.
The Karate Kid Wax on, wax off
Kick Ass You lookin' at me? & Nobody's tried to be a superhero?
Kindergarten Cop It's not a tumor!
Mad Men Enjoying the company of women.
Meet the Fockers Look at this! & That weird shrine thing.
Meet the Parents Can you deal with that!
The Mummy Protect and watch over me.
Norbit I haven't touched your seat.
The Nutty Professor Dinner with the Klumps.
The Princess Bride Tale of the 6-fingered man.
Rocky What about my prime, Mick?
Rocky Balboa People see me, and they think of you.
Shaun of the Dead Zombie Soundtrack
Slap Shot The finer points of hockey.
The Spiderwick Chronicles Jared meets Thimbletack
Star Trek: The Next Generation Locutus of Borg: Resistance is futile.
Star Trek: The Original Series What killed these tribbles?
Superman Returns Superman saves an airplane
The Terminator I'll be back
Tropic Thunder Agent Pecker on the line. & A sweet, cuddly, vicious little panda!
Up in Smoke Anybody got any coffee?
The Wizard of Oz Dorothy meets the Scarecrow
Clash of the Titans Defeat the Kraken! (Hollywood Set)
Gladiator A gladiator before the cheering masses (Hollywood Set)
I Am Legend I can save you! (Hollywood Set)
King Kong The wrath of Kong (Hollywood Set)
The Matrix The One commands 'The Matrix' (Hollywood Set)
The Matrix Revolutions Outmaneuver the Sentinel army (Hollywood Set)
Men in Black Confront the Bug (Hollywood Set)
Scarface Say hello to my little friend (Hollywood Set)
Star Trek: The Next Generation Enterprise-D bridge (Hollywood Set)
Top Gun Flight Simulator (Hollywood Set)

The following downloadable scenes (DLC) are available as individual scenes as well as being available in the packs listed.

Downloadable Scenes
Title Scene(s) Pack Available Now Release Date
300 This Is Sparta! (Extended Version) Yes 3/15/2011
300 A Beast Approaches 300 Pack Yes 6/28/2011
300 Atop Xerxes’ Throne (Hollywood Set) 300 Pack Yes 6/28/2011
300 Come Back With Your Shield, Or On It 300 Pack Yes 6/28/2011
Meet the Parents Please Step Aside, Sir Blockbusters Pack Yes 4/12/2011
The Terminator You Know Your Weapons Blockbusters/The Hits § Pack Yes 4/26/2011
300 Spartans! Prepare For Glory! Blockbusters/The Hits § Pack Yes 4/5/2011
Zoolander Derek's 'Eugoogly' Blockbusters/The Hits § Pack Yes 4/12/2011
The Hangover Am I Missing a Tooth? Blockbusters/The Hits§/The Hangover Pack Yes 4/12/2011
Silence of the Lambs Inside Dr. Lecter's Cell (Hollywood Set) Yes 3/22/2011
Batman Batwing (Hollywood Set) Superheroes §/Heroes Pack Yes 4/5/2011
Batman Get in the car! (Hollywood Set) Superheroes Pack § Yes 4/26/2011
Superman Returns Save Metropolis! (Hollywood Set) Superheroes §/Heroes Pack Yes 4/26/2011
Superman Returns No Brakes! Superheroes §/Heroes Pack Yes 5/4/2011
Kick Ass Why are you dressed like Kick-Ass? Superheroes §/Heroes Pack Yes 4/5/2011
Kick-Ass Superheroes 'Kick Ass' Ride! (Hollywood Set) Heroes Pack Yes 6/28/2011
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Khaaaaan! Yes 3/8/2011
Along Came Polly Rueben commits a dating foul Ben Stiller Pack Yes 3/22/2011
Animal House Toga! Toga! Yes 3/29/2011
Animal House Double secret probation Yes 4/5/2011
Forrest Gump I know what love is Yes 3/22/2011
CSI I’m done being a rogue Yes 3/22/2011
Beverly Hills Cop We don’t drink on duty Legends Pack § Yes 4/12/2011
Kindergarten Cop My dad is… Yes 3/22/2011
The Hangover What’s the last thing we remember? The Hangover Pack Yes 3/29/2011
Meet the Fockers I’m lookin’ and I’m likin’ Ben Stiller Pack Yes 3/29/2011
Hotel for Dogs Keep your paws inside the vehicle Kids Pack Yes 3/29/2011
Platoon Make it out of here Yes 4/5/2011
Meet the Parents Practice proposal The Hits Pack § Yes 4/26/2011
Fletch John who? Yes 5/10/2011
Forrest Gump| A bullet in the buttocks Legends Pack § Yes 4/12/2011
The Terminator I love you, too, sweetheart Legends Pack § Yes 4/12/2011
The Godfather Luca Brasi and Don Corleone Legends Pack § Yes 4/26/2011
Rocky II I am a fighter Legends Pack § Yes 4/26/2011
Star Trek Generations I take it the odds are against us Captain Picard Pack Yes 4/26/2011
Beverly Hills Cop II You’ve stolen this house Yes 4/26/2011
Ghostbusters Slimer Attacks! (Hollywood Set) Yes 3/29/2011
King Kong Kong Hails a Cab (Hollywood Set) Yes 4/26/2011
Barney & Friends Row, Row, Row Your Boat Yes 3/15/2011
Star Trek: The Next Generation I Like My Species The Way It Is Star Trek 5 Scene Pack Yes 4/5/2011
Star Trek: The Next Generation Q You Are Not God Star Trek 5 Scene Pack, Captain Picard Scene Pack Yes 4/5/2011
Star Trek: The Original Series Splendid Examples Of Homo Sapiens Star Trek 5 Scene Pack Yes 4/5/2011
Star Trek: The Original Series Fight The Gorn! Star Trek 5 Scene Pack Yes 4/8/2011
Star Trek: The Original Series I Am In Command Here Star Trek 5 Scene Pack Yes 4/5/2011
Tropic Thunder Please Don't Hurt Me! Yes 3/8/2011
Forest Gump Life Is Like A Box Of Chocolates Yes 3/8/2011
The Wizard of Oz Dorothy Meets The Cowardly Lion The Wizard of Oz Scene Pack, Classic Hollywood Scene Pack Yes 3/15/2011
The Godfather I Ask You For Justice Yes 3/8/2011
Meet the Parents You Lost My Bag! Ben Stiller Pack Yes 3/15/2011
Video Background Turquoise Lagoon And Waterfall Yes 3/15/2011
Grease She Looks Too Pure To Be Pink Yes 3/15/2011
CSI: Miami You Work As An Alias? Yes
Hot Fuzz Everyone And Their Mums Yes 4/5/2011
The Blues Brothers We got both kinds: country and western Yes 4/12/2011
Blade Runner Voight-Kampff empathy test Blade Runner Pack Yes 5/3/2011
Blade Runner More human than human Blade Runner Pack Yes 5/3/2011
Blade Runner Flying over L.A. in the year 2019 (Hollywood Set) Blade Runner Pack Yes 5/3/2011
Beverly Hills Cop They're Supercops Hits Of The '80s Pack Yes 4/19/2011
Coming to America Why Don't We Go For A Cool Million? Hits Of The '80s Pack Yes 4/19/2011
National Lampoon's Vacation Sit down and shut up Hits Of The '80s Pack Yes 4/19/2011
The Princess Bride A visit to Miracle Max Hits Of The '80s Pack Yes 4/19/2011
Valley Girl Tommy is so tubular and all Hits Of The '80s Pack Yes 4/19/2011
Kindergarten Cop I'm not a policeman – I'm a princess Yes 4/19/2011
Shaun of the Dead How can 5 people operate 1 gun? Yes 4/19/2011
The Mummy You're with me on this? Yes 4/19/2011
The Princess Bride To the pain Yes 4/19/2011
Video Background Underwater Bliss Yes 4/19/2011
The Hangover I'm going to propose to Melissa The Hangover Pack Yes 4/26/2011
The Spiderwick Chronicles Ride the Griffin! Kids Pack Yes 4/26/2011
Barney & Friends The Rocket Song Kids Pack Yes 4/26/2011
The Wizard of Oz Is that the witch? Kids Pack Yes 5/31/2011
The Wizard of Oz Toto didn't mean to Kids Pack Yes 5/31/2011
The Big Lebowski I'm The Dude! The Big Lebowski Scene Pack Yes 5/3/2011
Crank Who are you? Yes 5/3/2011
300 Xerxes' great beast advances (Hollywood Set) Hollywood Sets Pack Yes 5/3/2011
The Terminator You're Terminated (Hollywood Set) The Terminator Scene Pack Yes 5/3/2011
Clash of the Titans Tremble before the Kraken! Hollywood Sets Pack Yes 5/3/2011
The Fast and the Furious Drag Race Hollywood Sets Pack Yes 5/31/2011
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Missile Chase Hollywood Sets Pack Yes 5/3/2011
Tropic Thunder A pandacide Hollywood Sets Pack Yes 5/3/2011
The Princess Bride You killed my father – prepare to die! Yes 5/3/2011
Star Trek Generations The death of Kirk Captain Picard Scene Pack Yes 5/3/2011
Red River I'm gonna kill you Yes 5/3/2011
Marathon Man Is it safe? Yes 5/3/2011
Gone with the Wind Has the war started? Yes 5/3/2011

§ were all available as pre-order bonus content

Contests[edit]

Yoostar periodically holds contests that reward users who upload the most creative videos. Cash prizes are generally awarded to the top videos, with multiple runners-up receiving free Yoostar systems. Contests have been held for scariest video (during Halloween 2009), best Valentine's Day video, and funniest video. To date, Jerry Sandhu and Natalie Reyes, known by Yoostar user ID "lakrzfan" and "siorllc" are the only users to have received a prize in every contest.[11]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Yoostar 2 is ‘the next Guitar Hero’". 2011-01-08. Retrieved 2011-03-04. 
  2. ^ Struck, Heather (14 March 2009). "Yoostar's Hollywood Dreams". Forbes. Archived from the original on 18 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Yoostar Available Today in Bloomingdale's Stores Nationwide". PR Newswire. 26 August 2009. 
  4. ^ "Yoostar Entertainment System – Windows". Best Buy. 
  5. ^ Santos, Alex (29 August 2009). "Star in your favorite films with YooStar". VGI Tribune. 
  6. ^ "The Release of 'Yoostar on MTV' for the Xbox 360 Makes Kinect Owners the Star in MTV Shows and Music Videos". MarketWatch, Inc. 
  7. ^ "Yoostar company profile". CrunchBase. 
  8. ^ Baig, Edward (2 September 2009). "Yoostar lets anyone act opposite Hepburn, Brando". USA Today. 
  9. ^ Yoostar2 Official Website
  10. ^ http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/114/1148439p1.html
  11. ^ "Yoostar Blog". Yoostar.