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Offline Mads

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« Posted 2012-07-13 20:49:04 »

I've been reading Peter Molydeux's twitter. It's great.
All he does is tweet very odd design concepts, such as "A FPS where you control a soldier's shoe, however imagine if you play as a shoe that was left at home with your wife and children during war".

It's quite hilarious, but some of them are completely doable. The Molyjam is where people actually implement these.

Let's try to think of a few, and maybe we'll have a fun time!

I'll go first: You play as a tree, and can only move at night when nobody is looking. You can also spontaneously catch fire, spreading to anything around you.

Cheers!  Smiley

Offline Cero
« Reply #1 - Posted 2012-07-13 20:59:06 »

I had this one:

You play as a dog, running around.
You cannot understand people, but you understand certain words you have memorized.
Also large portions of your navigation is based on smell and also more audio than visual.

To appeal mass market I suggest you're a police dog with training and real missions; but you can also goof off semi-open world like and do what a dog does in its free time.

Offline sproingie

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« Reply #2 - Posted 2012-07-13 21:01:55 »

"An RPG where human interaction doesn't consist of a visible meter over everyone's heads causing them to spit out one of a half dozen stock phrases."

Wonder if that would hit a nerve?
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Offline Mads

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« Reply #3 - Posted 2012-07-13 21:04:46 »

"An RPG where human interaction doesn't consist of a visible meter over everyone's heads causing them to spit out one of a half dozen stock phrases."

Wonder if that would hit a nerve?


They could have 30 1/3's of sentinces, and then the game would combine them. That has to be a more interesting dialogue.
"I have recently spit in a horse."

Offline ags1

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« Reply #4 - Posted 2012-07-13 21:08:22 »

A mash-up of Doom and Farmville?

Offline Cero
« Reply #5 - Posted 2012-07-13 21:17:39 »

When we were young, we always dreamed about a FPS with an exact replica of our school to play it and kill zombies and stuff.

But shooting in a school in a video game... I guess that would be frowned upon.

Offline Mads

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« Reply #6 - Posted 2012-07-13 21:25:37 »

When we were young, we always dreamed about a FPS with an exact replica of our school to play it and kill zombies and stuff.

But shooting in a school in a video game... I guess that would be frowned upon.

Maybe if you played as z zombie. Or, the principal.

Offline ReBirth
« Reply #7 - Posted 2012-07-14 02:49:37 »

When we were young, we always dreamed about a FPS with an exact replica of our school to play it and kill zombies and stuff.

But shooting in a school in a video game... I guess that would be frowned upon.
Holy nut I had same thing too! Pointing
I also imagined about not only school but my living city, because I know where the police station, minimarket for can food, and place to settle. Zombie only thought, no witch, smoker, or nemesis Undecided

Offline ra4king

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« Reply #8 - Posted 2012-07-14 03:14:56 »

A mash-up of Doom and Farmville?
Hahaha DoomVille Grin

Offline jdgamedev

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« Reply #9 - Posted 2012-07-14 04:20:25 »

When we were young, we always dreamed about a FPS with an exact replica of our school to play it and kill zombies and stuff.

But shooting in a school in a video game... I guess that would be frowned upon.
Holy nut I had same thing too! Pointing
I also imagined about not only school but my living city, because I know where the police station, minimarket for can food, and place to settle. Zombie only thought, no witch, smoker, or nemesis Undecided

I like these ideas. A game like Fallout where levels are generated by a zip code that you enter. Build the world in your vicinity by using Google Maps. GENIUS!

I'm on a quest to become a better game developer, check it out.
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Offline pjt33
« Reply #10 - Posted 2012-07-14 06:08:20 »

I've been reading Peter Molydeux's twitter. It's great.
All he does is tweet very odd design concepts, such as "A FPS where you control a soldier's shoe, however imagine if you play as a shoe that was left at home with your wife and children during war".
Edit: ah: @petermolydeux (parody) is not to be confused with @pmolyneux (famous game designer).
Offline ReBirth
« Reply #11 - Posted 2012-07-14 06:28:57 »

I like these ideas. A game like Fallout where levels are generated by a zip code that you enter. Build the world in your vicinity by using Google Maps. GENIUS!
If you even build only your own living city, at least 90% of teenage citizen will play it Cool
Seek pledgers like kickstarter, reward them by zombie with their face.

Offline Ultroman

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« Reply #12 - Posted 2012-07-14 06:59:33 »

When we were young, we always dreamed about a FPS with an exact replica of our school to play it and kill zombies and stuff.

But shooting in a school in a video game... I guess that would be frowned upon.
I wanted the same thing, but I settled for making a map for Counter-Strike instead ^^

- Jonas
Offline Mads

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« Reply #13 - Posted 2012-07-14 09:45:59 »

A game where you pave the way for the protagonist, whom is completely ignorant of your help.

Offline jonjava
« Reply #14 - Posted 2012-07-15 13:10:08 »

Ever heard of that game company?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thatgamecompany

I wish they'd make Journey for PC.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KH5pnb_uotY

It's basically a lone wolf puzzle adventure MMO. Ie, no chat of any kind available at all.

Offline Mads

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« Reply #15 - Posted 2012-07-15 19:17:40 »

Ever heard of that game company?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thatgamecompany

I wish they'd make Journey for PC.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KH5pnb_uotY

It's basically a lone wolf puzzle adventure MMO. Ie, no chat of any kind available at all.

That philosophy is interesting, and not unlike our Molyneux friend. The main difference is that they admit they couldn't do a "proper" game, though.  Tongue

I have another idea. How about a game, where there's lots of enemies and you're given the means to kill them easily. However, every time you do so, your means of slaughtering get's weaker. Will you avoid killing to such, or just tap faster?

Offline gimbal

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« Reply #16 - Posted 2012-07-16 09:42:48 »

A game where you pave the way for the protagonist, whom is completely ignorant of your help.

hmm, Sleepwalker and derived games comes to mind here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJ-Ze2pdX9c

And it also screams "Lemmings!" of course Smiley
Offline Don Kiddick

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« Reply #17 - Posted 2012-07-16 13:37:08 »

Mobile RPG. Uses the geolocation on your phone. Quests can be assigned to actual physical locations . Quests can blend real and imaginary adventuring in some way - some kind of treasure hunt/clue solving using the actual environment.
Players can form groups literally with other players around them.

or something like that.

I guess that probably isn't original....
Offline Damocles
« Reply #18 - Posted 2012-07-16 14:11:06 »

A game about playing a game.

Offline Mads

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« Reply #19 - Posted 2012-07-16 14:17:43 »

A game about playing a game.

Meta.

How about a game about stopping playing, and going outside.  Grin

Offline Damocles
« Reply #20 - Posted 2012-07-16 14:21:36 »

Or like a "final destination" game.
Your task is to please an MMO Addict gamer with new gamecontent and rewards until he collapses.  Grin

Offline Don Kiddick

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« Reply #21 - Posted 2012-07-16 14:30:12 »

Higgs-Boson. You play an elementary particle and have to avoid detection by CERN-type people to prevent them blowing up the World. Also involves some time travel mechanic.
Offline Mads

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« Reply #22 - Posted 2012-07-16 14:55:36 »

Higgs-Boson. You play an elementary particle and have to avoid detection by CERN-type people to prevent them blowing up the World. Also involves some time travel mechanic.

Don't forget alternate dimensions, and universes.  Cheesy

Offline pjt33
« Reply #23 - Posted 2012-07-16 18:22:35 »

Mobile RPG. Uses the geolocation on your phone. Quests can be assigned to actual physical locations . Quests can blend real and imaginary adventuring in some way - some kind of treasure hunt/clue solving using the actual environment.
Players can form groups literally with other players around them.

or something like that.

I guess that probably isn't original....
Was it Orson Scott Card who wrote a novel around that concept?
Offline sproingie

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« Reply #24 - Posted 2012-07-16 21:53:48 »

That "Mobile RPG" stuff has been done quite a lot actually, to the point where it's a whole genre: Augmented Reality Game, or ARG for short.
Offline Cero
« Reply #25 - Posted 2012-07-16 22:32:01 »

You know what I liked: Doom RPG - did you guys play that ?
Was perfect mixture of a shooter and a turn-based mobile experience. Sadly Doom RPG 2 was only released on iOS...

Offline gimbal

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« Reply #26 - Posted 2012-07-17 08:39:24 »

You know what I liked: Doom RPG - did you guys play that ?
Was perfect mixture of a shooter and a turn-based mobile experience. Sadly Doom RPG 2 was only released on iOS...
Nope. But is it anything similar to orcs & elves? Now that is a fun little game.
Offline Mads

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« Reply #27 - Posted 2012-07-17 12:52:17 »

You know what I liked: Doom RPG - did you guys play that ?
Was perfect mixture of a shooter and a turn-based mobile experience. Sadly Doom RPG 2 was only released on iOS...

I played something called Doom on an old phone. It ran using Java, and was also turn-based.
Maybe it was that? Maybe it was just a remake for old phones Tongue

Offline ReBirth
« Reply #28 - Posted 2012-07-17 13:43:54 »

That "Mobile RPG" stuff has been done quite a lot actually, to the point where it's a whole genre: Augmented Reality Game, or ARG for short.

One of examples: Paralel Kingdom.

Offline Cero
« Reply #29 - Posted 2012-07-17 18:46:09 »

You know what I liked: Doom RPG - did you guys play that ?
Was perfect mixture of a shooter and a turn-based mobile experience. Sadly Doom RPG 2 was only released on iOS...
Nope. But is it anything similar to orcs & elves? Now that is a fun little game.

Indeed similar.


I played something called Doom on an old phone. It ran using Java, and was also turn-based.
Maybe it was that? Maybe it was just a remake for old phones Tongue
Yeah its a J2ME game actually. Before Android was here n stuff

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