YouTube to Add Gaming Portal

YouTube could be increasing its web monopoly by also becoming an interactive gaming portal as well as somewhere to play 80’s music videos and clips of kittens.

The recent Google  patent application for a “Web-based System for Generation of Interactive Games Based on Digital Videos,” was filed earlier this year but has only been published this month.

The Google patent points to a system where the creation of video annotations can be used for gaming-like mechanics and video behavior change.  I’m taking this as putting a game together that jumps from video to video based on your answers or responses or even will stop a vid at a point until the correct response has been made.

In their own words:

“Systems and methods are provided for adding and displaying interactive annotations for existing online hosted videos. A graphical annotation interface allows the creation of annotations and association of the annotations with a video. Annotations may be of different types and have different functionality, such as altering the appearance and/or behavior of an existing video, e.g. by supplementing it with text, allowing linking to other videos or web pages, or pausing playback of the video. Authentication of a user desiring to perform annotation of a video may be performed in various manners, such as by checking a uniform resource locator (URL) against an existing list, checking a user identifier against an access list, and the like. As a result of authentication, a user is accorded the appropriate annotation abilities, such as full annotation, no annotation, or annotation restricted to a particular temporal or spatial portion of the video.”

What do you think to YouTube based gaming?