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I joined the forum just to ask this question. Like everyone else here I have an idea for a game. I have story lines, mechanics, and a business model. I have ideas on how to use mobile devices and consoles as tools to enhance the experience. But I’m just one guy. I have been a project leader in my day job (real estate) but have zero experience in the video games industry. I’m not an artist or programmer though I understand what it takes to be both having tried. I understand programming languages and what modern systems are capable of I just personally find the actual process of laying down code mind numbing. What I am is a writer with the concept of a game he really just wants to play. The question is how would I get this game and the company to support it started?
What type of game do I want to play? A fantasy MMORPG fueled by user created content inside a Sci-Fi MMORPG with a living story with players on multiple sides of a conflict that a side can actually loose.
The story of CROSSROADS-
What if we were all stuck in the matrix but we all knew and we put ourselves there on purpose?
We never knew what they called themselves but we have plenty of names that we gave them. We were saved by a video game. Sort of. We built Crossroads on the backs of the many, many MMORPGS that came before it. Our addition to the experience was total immersion. It was a much more cost effective version of virtual reality then every one owning a personal holographic projecting room.
Basically you would put on sensory deprivation head gear. Connections put inside the skull are more effective and efficient but wet wired is a hard sell to most people. The head gear would use a set of tones and lights to put players into a meditative trance and then the tones were changed to align the frequency of signals in the brain to the frequency waves of game interaction. The effect was a cross between lucid dreaming and out of body experiences in a controlled gaming environment. And it was awesome.
Then a kid died playing the game. It was bound to happen. It’s happened before. Someone forgets to take a break from games to eat, sleep, or anything else. Except he was still alive and active in the game even though his body had died.
So a whole lot of people lost their minds for a whole variety of reasons. Lawyers on all sides were circling the blood in the water.
The colony on mars gave us the warning in that they were wiped out first. Some sort of bio weapon. It was tailored just for us. Killed all the people, left all the resources. We had to find a way to escape. But there was just to many of us to save and we hadn’t found a real way for humans to survive long term space travel.
But a couple of geniuses at the world space program were fans of the game and knew about the controversy. They made the ship, we made the box for all of us to live in. We didn’t have much time to create a new place for everyone that fit modern design so the game environments were what we used.
The day before the aliens arrived millions of people killed themselves while playing the game. And it worked.
A ship crewed by robots carrying a cargo of a million ghosts. We got to watch as our home planet burned. At least it was pretty.