So, it's not really related to the game I spent a good deal of time with this weekend, but spending time gaming occasionally gets me to thinking about games that I'd like to see. This weekend was one of those times. heh.
First off, as cool as the Battlefield 1942, Call of Duty and Medal of Honor are, they all focus exclusively on World War 2. It seems to be the default setting. Going to make a World War video game? Better make it WW2! You do get the occasional Vietnam game, but I have to wonder, why are there almost no games taking place during WW1? I'm not talking about alternate history games where WW1 never ended, I'm talking about a straightforward Call of Duty, Medal of Honor type game set during WW1. It's just odd to me. You can't swing a stick in a game store without hitting at least 5 games set during WW2, but you'd be hard pressed to send a WW1 game flying with your stick. Doubly so, because they'd probably kick you out, since they don't like people swinging sticks in public stores. But you see my point. WW1 just seems to be overlooked for whatever reason. It was just as huge a conflict, just as significant, but apparently not a good setting for games. Now, I'm going to see if I can get past the combat boot-shelving level in Call of Duty: Supply Clerks in Arms.
The second thing that randomly popped into my head this weekend while I was thinking about games is something that I've thought about before. It's another instance of "Why haven't we seen this game yet?" I'm a big fan of Star Wars games. Mainly, the Jedi Knight series. However, one thing that's bothered me about those games, is the lack of ability to really play as a Dark Jedi. While it is true that in most of the Jedi Knight games, you can fall to the Dark Side for the end of the game, it would be really cool to be able to play as a Dark Jedi from the very beginning. If there's one thing that the game TIE Fighter showed us, it's that it can be a lot of fun to be the bad guy. So, what I'm hoping to see someday is Jedi Knight: Dark Jedi. I see it as you playing as the apprentice/errand boy of a more powerful Dark Jedi, perhaps even a Sith Lord. You spend the game hunting down the Rebel scum and advancing the agenda of the Galactic Empire. Maybe there could be an option where you could be redeemed and return to the light for the last chunk of the game, the reverse of the way that the Jedi Knight games usually run, or the other option is that you kill your master and take over as the new top Bastard, taking on an apprentice at the same time, maybe one of the Light-Side Jedi Knights that you've slowly and subtly corrupted over the course of the game. I think it could be really cool. Cutting down Rebel or New Repubic troops, being the underdog against the numerically superior forces of Light, perhaps borrowing from TIE Fighter and running special secret missions for the Emperor. The geek in me really wants to see a game like that.
So there you have it. Some geeky musings for a Monday morning. =)
TTFN, Dear Friends. =)