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“What’s Going On?” Button

What just happened? Who is that guy?
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At any moment, while watching a movie on DVD, you can push the WGO button to freeze the movie and display some text briefly explaing what’s going on. Great for people like me who have trouble following complicated plots, or remembering which character is which.

(Would also be useful for opera if you prefer to watch without subtitles.)

AO, Jun 30 2003

Actor's name subtitles http://www.halfbake..._20name_20subtitles
Same idea (?) {WTF is Culture:Subtitles?} [phoenix, Oct 04 2004]

Whatsisname button http://www.halfbake...hatsisname_20button
[phoenix, Oct 04 2004]


       I was just about to post an idea for movie synopses, which remains a distinct enough idea that I think I still will.
DrCurry, Jun 30 2003

       Perhaps a range of differing complexities of explanation ranging from "He, yeah that guy there, he totally blew that dude's face off!" to "A has just accidentally shot B in the face while doing C. A and B were in location D because of reason E."
my face your, Jun 30 2003

       Balloons could come up like in Windows when you positioned a mouse over the guy.
bungston, Jun 30 2003

       [AO], for a minute there I thought you were on to something for viewers watching Oprah!
Tiger Lily, Jun 30 2003

       [bungston] "Unexpected Error! The car you were watching has crashed, please hit eject and try inserting your movie again."
silverstormer, Jul 01 2003

       phoenix, the Actor’s Name and Whatisname buttons in your links are similar but different. They tell you the name of the actor, but I only want to know which character is which, and what’s been happening in the movie. In other words, it would only tell me what I would have already known had I been paying sufficient attention to the movie, and also had the ability to remember names and faces, and to keep track of relationships between characters and all the things they do that are significant to the plot.
AO, Jul 01 2003

       + If you can do this with CNN.   

       “… and she was nearby when this happened. It is not known at this time if there was any further activity. It’s an amazing story, one that will be talked about for many years. At the scene live, I’m Phil Smith.
And now the weather…”

       Notice that the text scrolling onscreen is an unrelated story.
Amos Kito, Jul 01 2003


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