Alright, so full disclosure here- Dragon's Den is a guilty pleasure of mine. If you haven't heard of it before (and understandably so), here's the format of the show in a nutshell: Aspiring entrepreneurs pitch their inventions, business ideas, and money-making schemes to a panel of venture capitalists (or "Dragons" as they're referred to). These pitches can be centralized around everything from an already successful business looking to take things to the next level, to barely functional prototypes, to simple patented ideas. The one thing these people share in common is they lack the funding and direction to (potentially) make their business wildly profitable.

What makes the show entertaining is the interaction between these entrepreneurs and the dragons sitting across from them and the negotiations they come to regarding what percentage of their business they're going to give up in exchange for the investment. Of course it's often even more amusing when entrepreneurs fail entirely and are ripped apart by the dragons.

The thing is, I have no clue how they're going to turn this show into a fun video game. On any level. From the look of the above teaser trailer, it seems as if you play the role of the dragons and decide what to invest in. If you haven't seen the show, watch this video and see if you can discern any potential gameplay elements from there.

Either way, I'm totally stoked for this game. I just hope I can play as Peter Jones or Theo Paphitis, because I'm going to make it rain.

  • http://schnapple.myopenid.com/ Schnapple

    You guys might want to mention that the USA version of this show is called Shark Tank.

    I think it's called Dragon's Den in every other country though

  • Philsmy

    GOTY

  • Anonymous

    I haven't seen the BBC version, but I've watched the Canadian version for years.

    Should be interesting to see how/if they can make this into a game that's actually fun.

  • Anonymous

    Here's what I think happens - you choose the place of one of the dragons, and therefore get to make decisions to invest or not. An entrepreneur pitches their idea to you - you, along with the four other dragons ("bots") bid to invest. Then, I think the round ends with the product either bringing home a profit or flopping. I'm assuming that the return will be variable, with the best result being a "gold mine" as seen in the video. Rinse and repeat.

    I think it'll have some sort of round system, in which you have 5 entrepreneurs during the game and you have to try and make the most money.

    Maybe, just maybe, they'll include Game Center multiplayer! 5 players out bidding each other to win an investment - exciting stuff!

  • Anonymous

    Love the show. Watch both DD and ST. Don't know how a game would fly. It's the mental state of the entrepreneurs and their passion for their idea that is so fun to watch and the dragons'/sharks' sensibilities to make that dream a reality or simply to wake them up to the reality that there dream is a bad idea.

  • http://twitter.com/BrettArchibald Brett Archibald

    I'm out.