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This is the game I would make.

It's an MMO space opera -- a combination of all the best elements of space games past and present; X-wing, EVE, Freespace, Allegiance, Star Wars Galaxies, Freelancer, X3... you name it.

This is the game I've been waiting for (and still am, I suppose).
  • Complete head-to-toe character customization (CoH)
  • 8 playable races, each with its own unique history, appearance, and vessels
  • Expansive, diverse, free-roaming galaxy (EVE)
  • Semi-accurate flight physics, without sacrificing gameplay (Allegiance)
  • A deep, meaningful player-driven economy
  • Fully-rendered cockpits and bridges for each vessel (SWG)
  • Multiple player avatars on one vessel (ship's crews, space taxis)
  • Carrier-class vessels with realistic hangar bays
  • Partially mapped interiors for larger vessels (SWG)
  • Massive list of player-owned and operated craft, from fighter to cargo to carrier-class
  • Interactive stations and bases, where players can roam as their avatars and converse/trade face-to-face with other players
  • Planet, system, and sector ownership (EVE)
  • Joystick support
  • A emphasis on reflexes and player intelligence rather than levels or "skills"
  • Inter-system "jumps" from almost anywhere, with a required warm-up time -- or use a "gate" and skip the warm-up

What's your dream game?
 
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2 - 05-02-2006, 04:37 PM
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tribes 3 lol
 
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ud also have giant titted anime for char avatars
 
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Dota PvP with WoW graphics.
 
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ud also have giant titted anime for char avatars
Sure, why not.
 
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tribes gameplay in an MMO environment

doing raid bosses with discs and mortars instead of magic missle and longswords

there could be stats and levels still, but it would still be 90% skill based
 
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perfect game for me would involve Lawrence Holland coming back to Lucasarts and making a new XWing game
 
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tribes gameplay in an MMO environment

doing raid bosses with discs and mortars instead of magic missle and longswords

there could be stats and levels still, but it would still be 90% skill based
So, basically Planetside with jetpacks?
 
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Hacky Sack from California Games... if someone makes that, I'd buy it (it'd be more fun that Take2's ping pong game)
 
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pokemon brown
 
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So, basically Planetside with jetpacks?
planetside's executive producer was dave g, and it was only PvP

but sort of
 
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This is the game I would make.

It's an MMO space opera -- a combination of all the best elements of space games past and present; X-wing, EVE, Freespace, Allegiance, Star Wars Galaxies, Freelancer, X3... you name it.

This is the game I've been waiting for (and still am, I suppose).
  • Complete head-to-toe character customization (CoH)
  • 8 playable races, each with its own unique history, appearance, and vessels
  • Expansive, diverse, free-roaming galaxy (EVE)
  • Semi-accurate flight physics, without sacrificing gameplay (Allegiance)
  • A deep, meaningful player-driven economy
  • Fully-rendered cockpits and bridges for each vessel (SWG)
  • Multiple player avatars on one vessel (ship's crews, space taxis)
  • Carrier-class vessels with realistic hangar bays
  • Partially mapped interiors for larger vessels (SWG)
  • Massive list of player-owned and operated craft, from fighter to cargo to carrier-class
  • Interactive stations and bases, where players can roam as their avatars and converse/trade face-to-face with other players
  • Planet, system, and sector ownership (EVE)
  • Joystick support
  • A emphasis on reflexes and player intelligence rather than levels or "skills"
  • Inter-system "jumps" from almost anywhere, with a required warm-up time -- or use a "gate" and skip the warm-up

What's your dream game?
I posted a big long thing a while back about what I'd like in a game - yours is very similar, but there would also be a large ground game component. The entire thing would essentialy be a massive space/ground combat game with both player-controlled nations/armies and "joinable" NPC nations and armies.


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So, this is what I do at work all day, btw. Whore TW, and play at designing a game. This is just from TODAY, btw.






Game Mechanics –
Shuttles –
Able switch between layers of the game (space/ground) at will without any assistance (mass drivers). Used as transports for personnel and for cargo between planets, ships, bases, etc. over solar distances as well as within an atmosphere.
When in space they are capable of faster accelerations and better maneuvering than the smallest starships, but with far less endurance than a ship. As a general rule, shuttles can cross an entire solar system one-way without refueling.
When integrated into the ground game, shuttles can fly like any other atmospheric craft albeit with drastically reduced performance (due to atmospheric drag, weight, lack of maneuvering and lifting surfaces, etc). As a general rule, shuttles can outperform purely atmospheric transports but require far more in the way of fuel, making them less efficient.

Starfighters –
Able to switch between layers of the game (space/ground) at will, without any assistance (mass driver) like shuttles. Unlike shuttles, they do not have enough endurance to be used as personal transport across solar distances.
When in space, they are capable of extremely high accelerations and unparalleled maneuverability. This performance comes at the price of fuel endurance. Optimum usage of fighters is for space superiority, interception, and massed strikes against proper ships. Like starships, starfighters can be controlled in a limited fashion by AI so that a lack of players does not cripple their ability to be used when needed. Further, Player pilots can lead multiple AI controlled fighters into combat using the same script-tree command system used to control ships under AI command.
When integrated into the ground game, starfighters can fly and fight like atmospheric fighters, but with vastly degraded performance (due to atmospheric drag, weight, lack of maneuvering and lift surfaces, etc). As a general rule, no starfighter can outperform an atmofighter in terms of performance in atmosphere.


Ships –
Smaller (“Escort” level) ships able to switch between layers of the game (space/ground) at will but require assistance to reenter space (mass driver). Larger (“capital” level) ships can only enter the ground game by crashing.
In space, ships are the primary unit used for travel and for combat. They can go for many weeks without resupply or refueling (when not in combat) as well as travel from system to system via FTL jump.
When integrated into the ground game, (“Escort” level) ships function in a number of ways depending on the design and fit of each ship. Some ships, if landed in water, can function like a naval unit, others can function as a massive zeppelin, others as immobile bases, etc.
Ships, when their player commanders are offline or not assigned, can be controlled in a limited fashion by game AI. When a player captain logs out, he is taken to a screen where he can delegate orders to his ship to follow until he or a designated subordinate player returns using a simple script-tree menu. Possible options include maintaining orbit, setting a simple patrol area, engage at will, follow another ship, or even taking orders from a designated flagship (flagship allowed to issue commands via AI script-tree menu in real time).
Crashing is a mechanism that allows for destroyed ships to have a continuing effect on the game, by performing a special type of integration with the ground game. When a ship crashes, it causes a zone damage level change based on its size to occur to the zone that it has crashed into. In addition to this, a variant map is loaded that has a “landing” area where the ship model is placed in one of several possible areas that have simply been cleared of buildings and given an area of generic rubble on which to place the ship’s hull.

The ship model is an extremely damaged variant of the crashed ship, with various sections missing and others damaged, etc. Randomly selected areas of the ship will not take additional damage from the crash event (including cargo bays) allowing not only for the possible survival of some of the crew characters (only those logged in at time of event, others are listed as killed and their respawn token placed on designated homeworld) but for the survival of valuable and salvageable items as well. Because of this, crashed ships will become focal points for the ground game, as players move to rescue or kill survivors, steal or reclaim salvageable materiel and vehicles, download data from the ship’s computers, activate any surviving weapons or communications systems, or even detonate the ship’s self destruct (regardless of ship size, treated as a nuclear detonation for purposes of zone damage level).

Boarding is a specialized, limited version of ground combat that takes place within the ship in question. Attackers gain entry via a shuttle or direct docking with their mothership, and attempt to fight their way into the target ship and gain control. The defenders try and hold the ship until help arrives or the attackers run out of respawns (either case is unlikely, making defeat inevitable in most cases of boarding). Available respawns are calculated based on the ship’s crew and marine numbers – every slot on the ship not taken up by a casualty is added to the number of available respawns. Players and NPC’s respawn in selected locations at the commanding officer’s discretion – this allows for a more strategic use of resources, and prevents one side from bleeding the other by camping an area and killing automatic respawns of NPC’s or players. In these situations, all players and NPC’s by default spawn with a weak sidearm but must find or capture heavier weapons and ammunition which are considered as another resource. In the event the attack runs out of respawns, the defenders are given the option to attempt to capture whatever is docked with their ship. If it is a shuttle, it is automatically captured. If it is an actual ship, the scenario begins in reverse, but with the same resources available as at the end of the previous scenario. One option available to the defending team in these situations is self-destructing the ship, which can be done











Yes, yes, bored nerd, I know. Point is, I think about game design all the time. It keeps me busy when I havent had a helpdesk call in three hours.
 
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Nice.
 
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perfect game for me would involve Lawrence Holland coming back to Lucasarts and making a new XWing game

Take X wing vs Tie fighter.

Make it galaxy-wide

Have the Rebellion and the Empire staffed by full time workers (up to 300 per side) who recruit pilots from the player populace and let them gain in rank through ability and application. Have the war between the two properly co-ordinated and meaningful.

At the same time allow players to go it alone as groups of smugglers or pirates or free factions or whatever.

Charge $100 a month to cover salaries. Cap the player populace at a reasonable level.

Best game ever.
 
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well why not have story progress tracked in the metaverse by writers based on the players' progress. SHOOT FOR THE SKY
 
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in other words a game with everything
 
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testing on a game like that would take longer than development
 
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It'd be worth it.
 
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how about a game like tribes but battlefields the size of a planet and the ability to construct your own bases...

oh wait that's already in the works

personally i'd take a game like EVE but with less grindful gameplay
 
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I'd say... $30 million budget, 4 years... you'd have to sell something like 6 million copies to break even.

Publishers don't like those kind of numbers... and they'd ask if you could put Crash Bandicoot in there for some cross-promotion.
 
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