21 April, 2006
This design challenge will be a bit higher level than usual. Your challenge is this: pick a genre for a new game. Explain why you think this is a good genre for a new game.
Consider this these factors:
Your game will probably take about 2 years to make, so any current fads should be avoided.
Assume you have a “normal” budget. Hiring a billion live actors isn’t a realistic expectation, for example.
Extra points for thinking “outside” the box.
My ideas below….
Let me pick a few:
High fantasy – Because this genre will never go out of style. (Now, go pick something different!)
Dark fantasy – A variation of high fantasy. It has the familiarity of fantasy, but with a darker edge. Other dark genres are very popular in games, such as survival horror.
Soap Opera – Bored housewives on the internet? Here’s a way to reach at least a few of them. Not likely to be done right by the usual suspects, current developers.
So, what are your genre ideas? Feel free to go into more depth than I have here.