Leonard Nimoy’s Forgotten Video Game: Seaman [Video]
As we all know, one of the most notable actors passed away today, Leonard Nimoy.
Nimoy was in plenty of amazing series, most remembered for his part as Mr. Spock in the original Star Trek. He was also a 'Head in a Jar' in the popular Futurama series.
How do I remember him though? His narration in a strange video game/virtual pet...Seaman.
Seaman was a very unique experience of a game. It was for the Sega Dreamcast and was released in the early 2000's. The game was a virtual aquarium where you brought to live a virtual pet. Just like real life though, the virtual pet aged in 'real time.' So you could not just sit and play a game, you actually could really only play Seaman for a total of maybe 10 minutes a day!
You fed Seaman, tickled him, kept up the humidity, and scolded him. Best part though? You could talk to Seaman!
Using a microphone that you plugged into your controller slot, Seaman would ask you questions and you could answer them with a simply 'yes' or 'no.' If you tried to say anything else, he wouldn't understand you. However, if you tried swearing at him, he'll come right back at you with a clever insult like 'assface.' Seaman would give you life advice or even just have a conversation. It was quite a unique experience.
What does this have to do with Leonard Nimoy though? The entire game was narrated by him. When you started the game, Nimoy would let you know how your progress was going with your Seaman. He would also tell you how the Seaman came to be and tell you how the Seaman was discovered, and guide you to success.
Most people are obviously going to remember Nimoy by playing his role as Spock, but for me, it will be him telling me how Dr. Gasse discovered Seaman.