• TigersEye85 - October 3, 2012 10:53 a.m.

    QotW: I am surprised that the early origins of man have not been very well explored. Imagine Bethesda creating an Elder Scrolls open-world adventure where you play as a caveman emerging from his cave and venturing out into a wild untamed world. Instead of dragons you would encounter dinosaurs, discover fire, domesticate mammoths, war with other paleolithic tribes, fall in love by clubbing a potential spouse in the head and dragging them back to your cave! DLC potential too! Travel through time by becoming frozen in ice and experience important parts in homo sapien development such as helping to write the Hammurabi law, creating the Rosetta Stone, helping aliens build stone henge, becoming the spokes person for an insurance company. There's a lot of potential in our hairy ancestors...and be honest, who wouldn't want to mount a mammoth and rampage it into a small village?
  • KillerT0fu - October 2, 2012 2:26 p.m.

    Samurai's dammit! And not hack n' slack Dynasty Warriors 17. More realistic one on one, single move duels, and pre-industrial Japan exploration, like the real samurai's use to do. And haiku's and Kanji art. And geisha's.
  • BladedFalcon - September 27, 2012 3:30 p.m.

    Aw, I liked having Radioradar be on Wednesdays ): Though I suppose I am one of the few...
  • SunniDee - September 27, 2012 11:16 a.m.

    I would personally like to see more Cold War era games. The cold war was a lot of secert espionage that invovled conspiracies cover-up and whatnots. So, you could go with a stealth game like the Tom Clancy games. Also, in that time period you could add in battles throughout the era like the Korean or Vietnam War to have some action it in. It should also span multiple time periods with an overall plot twist to connect all the events together.
  • Stabby_Joe - September 27, 2012 6:52 a.m.

    Loved Tom debating why Alec Mason is a badass haha. QOTW: Feudal Japan, which has been done in the strategy genre but a grounded action game (so no anime OTT powers either) where you can use complex sword fighting within large scale battles and castle sieges. Yet despite being more realistic, the setting and style would avoid the muddy browns and rusty greys being significantly more colourful with lush landscapes and bright armor.
  • wadesmit - September 27, 2012 7:37 a.m.

    Tom (Not-Grimm) was also hilarious when his hatred of everything stopped him from remembering the word "lollipop" xD
  • codystovall - September 27, 2012 3:33 a.m.

    Victorian London, Jack the Ripper, Jekyll and Hyde, Opium Dens, Sherlock Holmes and monsters. Whats not to like?
  • DamnitChris - September 27, 2012 1:03 a.m.

    Question of the Week: The Industrial Revolution. The game could focus on an Irish Immigrant...I'll call him James Micheal (Mickey) McMannus. Fresh off the boat, he finds himself in the middle of the formation of unions to protect workers and the clashes that ensued with police. You lead your fellow workers to organize and strike against the steel mills. Most combat would be hand-to-hand (eg. fisticuffs) with a bit of countering. From there, Mickey could advance to form what would become gangsters. Love the Podcast. -Chris
  • wadesmit - September 26, 2012 11:28 p.m.

    Just a suggestion for the Podcast; put music in the background please! It makes it nice and friendly and sounds a little more professional. Great job so far though, I've really been enjoying these.
  • wadesmit - September 26, 2012 11:24 p.m.

    Fucking Africa, man! I know I'm kind of biased being permanently in Africa and therefore African, but the m'fecane (Wars of destruction in English- oh look, there's the title already) fought between various tribes in Southern Africa were super badass and brutal, and has so much potential not just for beautiful scenery (a la Red Dead Redemption, perhaps), but also for heart-wrenching storylines and lots and lots of blood. While games sometimes use the Africa-esqu setting, historical events are almost never used (except, I think, in FarCry 2, to some extent), and it really would be so nice to be able to have an open-world RPG set in Southern Africa about the time when the tribal conflicts were winding down (because Shaka's opposition was pretty much dead), and the Dutch settlers arrived. Boer War game pls. I'm sorry that that was only mildly coherent.
  • CoruptAI125 - September 26, 2012 9:08 p.m.

    I never thought I would hear someone bring up The Book of The New Sun, I picked up the last book at the library on a whim and ended up reading the quadrilogy. I never knew there was more books in the series until I looked up Gene Wolfe after the podcast. I wonder if they hold up at all. Anyway, I would love to see more games set in the late 20's to early 30's; essentially the prohibition era. Gansters and mob members ran the world, J. Edgar Hoover was running down notorious criminals, the term bathtub booze was coined, and Las Vegas was just starting to come into it's own. The Tommy Gun quickly became the law's bane, as criminals outgunned the police. The Saint Valentine's Day Massacre shocked the entire world. It's the era of John Dillinger, 'Baby Face' Nelson, and Machine Gun Kelly. The gameplay potential is limitless, hell one of the best(IMO) RPG's of all time takes place in this era. That game was Shadow Hearts:From the New World. I wish more game developers would make something in this era, instead of everything being modern or futuristic. That's all I have to say about that.
  • ClockworkBro - September 26, 2012 6:58 p.m.

    Explain yourself Cooper, seriously why none of the Bulletstorm characters for the top 7? What do you mean "he's not a bad one". That entire game has bad-ass written on every character.
  • santaclouse37 - September 26, 2012 6:46 p.m.

    I think that, done properly, you could make an incredible survival horror game set in Central America at the end of the 15th century. Playing as an Aztec or Cuban native in an open world environment, your main objective would be to avoid enslavement and subjugation at the hands of Christopher Columbus and his men. You would begin the game by hearing reports from outer Caribbean Islands of white men coming from the sea who speak a strange language and carry advanced technology. During this exposition, you would explore your (relatively) peaceful native village and meet your family and friends. You would also be introduced to the basic controls and gameplay, which would involve learning to make fire, hunting an animal to learn the combat system, skinning/cooking it to introduce a persistent hunger system, and tending to minor wounds using traditional herbs & medicines (essentially like Metal Gear Solid 3). Environments will consist of tribal villages and, later, colonial establishments and mines, broken up by vast forest areas which would make up the majority of the playable area (similar to Assassin's Creed 3 or Skyrim). The real game would start when, in the middle of the night, your village is suddenly raided and overtaken by the Spaniards. You would have to watch as they brutally killed anyone who opposed them, many of whom would include the friends you just met, and forcefully took your wife and daughter, either explicitly showing or implying that they are being taken to be forced into sexual slavery by Columbus himself. You would narrowly escape into the woods with nothing but the clothes on your back, a hunting knife, bow, and quiver with only a handful of arrows. You'd then spend a long, cold night in the forest, trying to forage for supplies to heal yourself and make a shelter to protect you from the elements, which would contextually affect your stamina bar along with hunger and injuries. From there, the bulk of the game would be spent trying to find where your wife and daughter were taken as well as avoiding discovery and capture by the Spaniards. Those familiar with history will know that there is no chance of saving your civilization from the Europeans' relentless colonization, which would lend an air of hopelessness to your pursuit. Acts of atrocity by the Spaniards would be commonplace to witness, and though you would occasionally be able to warn other villages of their approach and gain allies, you would often lose them just as quickly, again drilling in the hopelessness of the situation. Head-on approaches would be suicidal due to the Spaniards superior technology (ie. guns and cannons), so there would be a heavy reliance on stealth and tactical planning. For example, you'd often have to pretend to be one of the enslaved in order to get closer to potential allies or enemies carrying vital information. In the grand tradition of survival-horror, any guns you'd manage to find would have extremely limited ammo, containing only a single shot for you to use before they became useless (since most weapons would be either muskets or flintlock pistols). In addition, they would be far less accurate then your bow, and immediately draw the attention of any enemies within the nearby area. Like Deus Ex, ally and enemy deaths alike would be permanent, making it entirely possible to fail in your primary goal of rescuing your family if you aren't careful during crucial missions. Though Americans tend to have a sense of misguided admiration for Christopher Columbus, the historical truth is he and his men were inhuman monsters toward the Central American natives, which is why I believe they would make the perfect villains for a historically based survival-horror/stealth game.
  • santaclouse37 - September 26, 2012 11:57 p.m.

    PS: Sorry for the wall of text.
  • GR_TomMagrino - September 27, 2012 2:18 p.m.

    I'm going to need a tl;dr
  • ShowMeYourKitties - September 26, 2012 5:30 p.m.

    I would mind some new games set in 20XX! Get it! GETIT!!! *weeps loudly in a corner* In all seriousness though, I want a game set right before the world ending apocalypse. And not the "We have one chance to stop X from happening" kind of apocalypse, but the "Good news! Don't worry about paying taxes anymore! Bad news! We're about to be obliterated..." kind. I think it would be very interesting to see what kind of objectives and interactions would be presented to you at a time like that. Also, I think it would have to be very open world RPG-esque; that way you could play as the guy who feels free from all morals and risk, or the guy who wants to make every second count.
  • brianofthewoods - September 26, 2012 4:21 p.m.

    Im gonna say ancient egypt, even though boronben said it first. Ok after AC3 I say they take a break from the series and come back with ancient egypt, i rember in the assasins tomb in AC2 there was a statue of a female assasin who killed kleopatra or king tut with a snake, i just feel playing in Egypt would be a nice change of pace from the giant Italian cities
  • brianofthewoods - September 26, 2012 4:41 p.m.

    Oh and no more desmond!
  • Unoriginal - September 26, 2012 2:25 p.m.

    We need more games set in the Viking Era of Iceland, Sweeden and Norway. That was like Skyrim in real life. Norse Mythology was at it's strongest back then so the opportunity to weave some fantasy elements into it are present. Valhalla, Yggdrasil, Thor, Odin and Loki. Everyone is constantly refferencing the Norse Mythology but no one ever sets a game in it's genesis. Vikings were the real life Kratoses. How cool would it be to acctually play the Seige of England and upon dying there going to Valhalla and become like an erand boy for Thor or the Valkyries, going to famous events and battles of the era as a resureccted warrior. Getting to meet real life legends like Leifur, Eric the Red, Hakon one-eye, Snorri Sturluson and Grettir the Strong. What is that? You've never heard of any of these real-life badasses? That's because no one ever f***ing bases anything in the viking times that incidentally are the most video-gamy times of human history. Fun Fact: The Icelandic viking Leifur the Lucky arguably found America way before old Chris Columbus was even born so you could even make something out of that. MAKE IT HAPPEN
  • Unoriginal - September 26, 2012 2:31 p.m.

    And nobody mention Too Human. That was as much a Norse Viking game as My Little Pony is a good Die Hard sequel. They made Baldur, the Æsir of Peace, a Bloody cyborg warrior. WTF Silicon Knights? Denis Dyack... For shame

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