What the Dub?! interview: Reimagining the party game

A new party game making use of public domain movie clips could become the highlight of your next gathering.


If you’ve ever felt that your family or regular gaming group were capable of thinking up your own MST3K-style quips, then developer Wide Right Interactive has the game for you. What the Dub?! Is a new party game that tasks players with creating quips that will be inserted into public domain movie clips. Participants can liven up old movies, odd advertisements, and other video rarities with their own unique dubs.

Our esteemed Video Editor Greg Burke got a chance to sit down with Head Programmer Mark Zorn and Creative Director Jim Dirschberger of Wide Right Interactive. The trio discuss the challenges arising from making multiplatform indie games and how What the Dub?! was put together.

What The Dub?! is a local multiplayer party game where each player overdubs missing dialogue from awful B-movies, outdated PSAs, and bizarre industrial films, with their own witty (or stupid) dubs. Their dubs are then pitted against other players in a head-to-head clash of comedy. The players and up to 6 audience members then vote for their favorite dub. The game takes “bad movie night” and expands it into a wild multiplayer game that friends and family can enjoy.

What The Dub?! features:

  • Casual party game fun for up to 12 players, with 6 entering their dubs, and an additional 6 audience members voting on their favorites.
  • Over 300 hand-selected clips to ensure hours of unique movie dubbing fun for players wisecrack, quip, and insult the night away!
  • Easy access and connectivity with friends and family as players can interact with the game using any device which can access a browser - phones, tablets, or computers.
  • Players will be able to hear their witty creations live! Replacement dubs are played back embedded in the clips using text-to-speech.
  • Original score by Emmy nominated composer Jonathan Hylander. (Nominated for a Daytime Emmy and Annie Award for his work on Sanjay and Craig.)

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    April 19, 2021 6:45 PM

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      April 19, 2021 6:54 PM

      Blackcat9 hosted a game of this over the weekend and WatcherXP, Landros and I checked it out. It wasn't bad -- my biggest complaint was that some of the clips were literally just like one or two words followed by (FILL IN THE BLANK), so some of the clips didn't give us a whole lot to work with. It was a fun way to spend an hour though. :)

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