Comments on: Design Experiment Wed, 10 Sep 2014 18:53:13 +0000 hourly 1 By: Anonymous Fri, 09 Feb 2007 00:59:00 +0000 I’m trying to do a “game idea a day” group on GGE.

I saw this and thought damn. I came up with an idea like that (as below) and I thought it was unique. :( No such thing as new games, right? ;)


Clinton Ride can’t be killed. He can’t be shot, stabbed, crushed or poisoned. It’s not all it’s cracked up to be. Apparently bruises, paper-cuts and sprained ankles don’t qualify for supernatural assistance.

When his best friend Jimmy found out, they discussed the whole superhero thing. Clint pointed out that he’s only “super” when things are about to kill or maim him. Jimmy pointed out that that’s par for the course when you’re a superhero.

There’s only one problem. How does a regular guy find super-villians to fight? Fate solved that problem the day Clint’s parachute didn’t open and he crashed through a quarter of a mile of rock and reinforced concrete into a super-villain’s secret underground lair.

The aim of the game is to foil various supervillain’s plots using your unique abilities. Preferably without them realising that if they put you in a safe padded room you’d never get out. You’re at your best when you’re doing something suicidal, so bring on the jet-packs, flame-throwers, poison and nuclear waste!

Optional features would be protecting the secret of your weaknesses and protecting your secret identity. Complete with gossiping bad guys. ;)

By: gummikana Thu, 01 Feb 2007 21:09:00 +0000 I finally made the game based on the idea. It’s called The Truth About Game Development. I just changed the theme of exploitation from tower building to game development :)

By: jon Sat, 30 Sep 2006 07:00:00 +0000 haha petri I like the way you think – killing revolution leaders? Sounds like hours of family fun to me!

By: Petri Purho Thu, 28 Sep 2006 23:40:00 +0000 @jon, before I read your comment I came up with a similiar idea. Good to know that I’m not the only person thinking to slave other people.

My idea for the game would be that you play as a “construction manager”. And your job is to build this huge tower. And the faster you finish the construction of the tower the more points you score. Your workers are bunch of slaves. To motivate the slaves to work faster you can kill any of them. If you kill too many they will revolt. You can still get them to work, if you manage to kill the right slaves (the leaders of the revolition). Or if you kill too many or the wrong slaves, the slaves no longer fear death, thus you lose.

I run this blog where I release monthly experimental games. I might actually create a prototype of this. So thanks a lot for a great inspiration.

Petri Purho

By: Ian Schreiber Sun, 24 Sep 2006 20:39:00 +0000 Follow-up: I just read about an older game that more or less fits the theme here, called Every Extend.

From the description, it’s like an old-school 2D shooter, except the enemies are far too numerous for you to pick them off; instead you have to send your ship into a cluster of them and then self-destruct, taking out as many of them as you can. If you kill enough enemies this way, you get an extra life (hence “extend”).

By: jon Sun, 24 Sep 2006 07:46:00 +0000 Here’s my idea:

It would be a RTS style game where you a ruthless dictator controlling a country with a population of citizens. You want to stay in power, but the people are restless! And always, there is someone just waiting for an uprising to overthrow you.

To combat this, you must keep the “fear level” of your population at a constant level so that they are under control. There would be a bar indicating this level of fear on the screen at all times – if fear drops too low, the citizens will try to revolt – game over!

To keep fear high, you have to use a number of tools and strategies: deploy propaganda materials, secret police, military, and assassinations – whatever it takes to keep the masses in check!

Each level is a new, larger, country – the more citizens, the harder it is to control them. As you progress, your war chest of tools grows to include things like terrorist attacks and nuclear strikes. A measure of your success would be ending population – the goal is to kill enough of them to keep them enslaved, but not too many so that you still have a country to rule.

By: Anonymous Fri, 22 Sep 2006 04:16:00 +0000 That sounds an awful lot like the basis for the moral choices in Bioshock, according to the previews. Do you exploit others to survive, or take risks to help them?

-Lucas Ackerman

By: Darren Torpey Tue, 19 Sep 2006 02:14:00 +0000 Well, Frank Herbert is famous for the saying “fear is the mind-killer” in my favorite book, Dune. But that saying reminds me most of Alpha Centauri as Planet’s defense came in the form of brain-eating worms that psychically paralyze their victims with fear.

Perhaps the mod framewoork for that game or (the excellent, python-scripted) Civilization IV could be the foundation of this experiment.

By: Patrick Mon, 18 Sep 2006 18:24:00 +0000 That sounds a hell of a lot like Fianna, except with randomly generated characters instead of specific, heroic ones. Basically its Fianna without the mythic element.

So I guess I’m up for it, heh.

You’re an awesome person amigo.

By: Ian Schreiber Mon, 18 Sep 2006 18:20:00 +0000 Interesting idea! I know on the MCAT, there’s an essay section where you’re supposed to take a famous quote like that (provided) and write an essay on whether you agree with it or not. I never thought of doing the same thing for games. Really you could do this with ANY controversial quotation.

For this one, my first instinct is to make a retro game where the player must keep moving — hesitation is deadly. Include some mechanics where you have to force yourself to do the opposite of what you normally would in this type of game: projectiles that veer off and miss you ONLY if you run directly towards them, for example. In essence, if you play the game like a typical arcade shooter you will lose almost immediately; if you actively leap into the fray taking risks, you’ll survive much longer.

Bonus would be if the enemies are trying to trap you by surrounding you, rather than actually killing you.

I guess that’s taking the statement a bit literally…