90sgamer92 started an interesting thread to discuss an idea for a particular dream game.
That’s got me curious: who else has a vision of the One True Game they’d like to play or create? What would the short elevator pitch for that game look like?
To get things started, here’s mine:
The Living World is a first-person 3D single-player game that can be played every day for ten years without reloading or restarting and always offers something fun to do.
This will be achieved by creating a large and highly dynamic world filled with characters who possess and use a wide range of abilities. Players will be able to explore and play in this world by “inhabiting” characters, gaining access to their abilities and relationships. If you feel like doing something different, just inhabit a different character!
I’ve worked this out in more detail elsewhere, but that’s the gist of it. Here’s one of the implications: when you inhabit a character, anyone who knows that character knows they’ve been possessed… and knowledge of what you do as that character can be spread to other NPCs. In that gameworld, what stories will be told of the Spirit that can control anyone at any time? Will the world come to love you? Or fear you? Or be wary of you as an unpredictable trickster?
So that’s mine. What about you? What’s the distilled essence of the last game you’d ever need?
I understand that, for some, no single such game is even conceivable. That’s fine. For those who do have such a marvel in mind, though, and who don’t need the rest of us to sign an NDA before talking about it, let’s hear it!