Apple Watch app tracks viewer heart rate spikes during 'Game of Thrones'



  • Reply 21 of 26
    irnchrizirnchriz Posts: 1,610member
    wife loves the show, I watched the first couple of episodes and wasn’t impressed.  Then, a few weeks ago, she was watching the end of season 6 and I’m like, wassat? Dragons? Big fire breathing death dealing dragons? 

    So, after a week binging, I’m all caught up, lol 
  • Reply 22 of 26
    MacProMacPro Posts: 19,576member
    Haha, this is awesome. I actually use Cardiogram. It's pretty good. No better show to use for this than Game of Thrones, I guess, lol. 
    Westworld would be a good alternative ;)
  • Reply 23 of 26
    zoetmbzoetmb Posts: 2,641member
    lostkiwi said:
    Fascinating research. I can see studios tapping into this kind of research when they are doing audience surveys and focus group work. 

    People often write what they think the research company is looking for, but the heart rates don't lie!

    Character connection with the audience is essential from a screenwriting perspective, provides the link between someone we identify with, good or evil, and the dramatic situations  they are engaged in,  no matter if they win or lose. The industry has used this criteria for decades, my pop was in film at the time venues like Harmony House on Sunset Blvd have remotes to press when you were engaged, a bit nonsensical as when engaged you forget real things, by definition. Then they filmed audiences with FLIR type cameras to determine when there was movement or total stillness. The watch might be less intrusive, though movie going demographic not same as Apple Watch wearers. Watches aren't common among teens to 30 somethings, tho I see lots of older gents making sure their Rolex is below their shirt cuff.
    Except that if you look at many of the superhero, sci-fi and action movies of recent decades, it seems like filmmakers have ignored this and consistently gone for the big action set pieces with overblown destruction.  Sometimes this backfires, as in the negative reaction to "Batman v. Superman".    Personally, I don't believe in focus group testing for creative arts.   It destroys the art and vision and also destroys the "dynamic range" of the action because it pushes the creators to make every single scene an up moment and there needs to be 'quiet' between all the action.    If the studios do start using heartbeat measurements to evaluate the quality of their product, I hope they do come to recognize that a properly written dialog scene between two conflicting characters can be just as, or more effective, than some action set piece, which more often than not these days, is shot and edited to be largely indecipherable by directors who grew up on comic books and video games instead of literature, art and drama.  
  • Reply 24 of 26
    Haven't seen it yet. Is Game of Thrones that good?
    It's high school-level "intrigue" and softcore pornography wrapped in anachronisms and fantasy political allegory. I want to have no idea why a large number of people like it, but I do know…

    Porn? I'm in!! I'll start binge-watching from tonight!!
  • Reply 25 of 26
    wlymwlym Posts: 102member
    maestro64 said:
    Honestly, people need to get a life, if you want to get excited about something or get your heart rate up, go out and do something physicals, do something that pushes your abilities. 

    Since getting my apple watch, I periodically look at my heart rate over time and I can tell you my heart rate is at its lowest watching tv, I watch tv to decompress from the day not to get all excited. Tv shows are mindless entertainment not something to get excited about. I think people live through what they see on tv verses experiencing it directly.
    Do "something physical" like yelling at clouds? Or shaking your fist (Apple Watch side for Activity ) at the internet for enjoying a popular TV show? As far as experiencing things directly versus on TV, please recommend a good Dragon Zoo so I can go see them for realz! 
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