3 December, 2006
After a week if illness, I have to admit that I’m not feeling particularly novel. So, we’ll pick a challenge that has been done before.
Your challenge this weekend: what classic game would you like to see remade? Or even just re-released?
In your answer, consider what elements might be changed, what elements must remain unchanged, and if the game could really be a commercial success.
My thoughts after the break.
The game many game designers talk about when this topic comes up is M.U.L.E. Designers cite the simple yet deep gameplay, and how fun it is in multiplayer. Interestingly enough, few have really stepped up to the plate to make an updated clone of the game.
Personally, there are a lot of old online games that I think would be neat to see re-released. The old AOL NeverWinter Nights would be great to experience given the way a lot of the old timers gush about it. There are, unfortunately, too many of these types of games that many people will never get to play.
Speaking as someone who has helped resurrect a classic game, there’s the continual question of what do you improve and what do you leave “true” to the original version of the game? Update too much, and you might lose the soul. Perhaps people fear making an updated version of M.U.L.E. because a massive graphics update would make the game lose some of its charm.
Note that your game doesn’t have to be online or multiplayer. These are just the games that came to my mind when thinking about this question. :)
So, what are the games you’d like to see? What should be changed, and what should remain?