For a while now, I have been thinking that games are boring and they lack versatility and the better the graphics nowadays get, the less real content you can find. Since time is limited and scarce, how to use it to it's maximum potential? - It has been my quest. The answer is quite simple, just create a game, which generates their own content, as simple as that. It isn't simply limited to customizing items or the character, but the whole world: skills, abilities, races, classes, etc.
I am sure every single one of you has encountered the moment when they thought: "Is that all there is to this?" I have been wondering about this for years and developed various prototypes on how to create customized skills, which indeed can be said to be unique, with some results, might be an understatement. Then I discovered Minecraft, well yes, the ever-generating world, the further the player walks out into the world, the more it is generated, providing them countless hours of entertainment and adventure.
The whole idea is to make systems, which allow the world to be ever-expanding in terms of game play and content, of course the graphical display should be important to some extent. Crafting new items, giving them enchantments and so forth, discovering new abilities to use, forming organizations, building the world, even trying to become a god, if you will - Isn't all that what every single player really dreams of? The power of creation and creativity, linking several parts of the puzzle into one and getting various results in return, the fun of discovering new things.
Of course, I am being Captain Obvious here, but isn't it time to put those kind of ideas into real use, instead of using simple systems, which do not really provide you with the entertainment and popularity you are looking for? The whole game is not only meant for entertainment, but also as some sort of educational value, since the world is never chaotic, they have patterns in them, which in return let's the player develop their creative and logical thinking abilities.
This is my 5 cents...
Apr 7 2012, 2:08 am