Sunday, July 31, 2011
Game Ideas from the Scholar- Terribly awesome or awesomely terrible?: Mystery Science Theatre 3000 the game.
For those of you unfamiliar with it, there is a series called 'Unskippable' on The Escapist website. It is based on the old MST3K series that was a cult hit among geeks and humor lovers alike. The brilliance of both series is not so much that they make fun of bad cutscenes or movies, but rather are good at humorous timing and clever quips and puns rather than the all too common toilet humor on say television these days. While I watched the web series, it made me wonder: Why has there not been a game that works in a similar fashion? Could such a thing even work? Well, maybe so. Let me explain the idea.
First off, from what I know it wouldn't be too difficult to get the stars/writers of the original MST3K series together for a game. With the developers handling the animations for the various effects and characters Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo, all the old group would have to do would be voices and writing, which they still do. Rifftrax is an offshoot of the concept, but with popular movies, so I don't imagine it would be too difficult to get Mike Nelson back at least.
So how would the game play? Well, it would heavily integrate online play, so ideally it would be available from XBLA, the Apple app store, Steam, and PSN. Players would select various old, bad movies and perhaps old game footage and cutscenes, stuff from developers that no longer exist or don't have the money to ask for lawsuits, or simply don't care. Stuff like the huge amount of generic crap on the Wii. At certain times during the game, the dialogue would stop and players would be given the option of several different lines to say (similar to the conversation wheels/dialogue options in RPG games) and funnier lines would give the player more points. Players would be encouraged to replay footage with new lines, but would still be given credits for any response. With the PC and console versions though, players would be given the option to make their own subtitles at their own determined times. In a similar fashion to Little Big Planet, online players could vote on which were their favorites. By buying the game, players would also be given the option to upload custom subtitle videos to Youtube, and ratings would determine which of these episodes would be turned into DLC.
A competitive mode would be similar to Mortal Kombat's Kombat Theatre, and would encourage audience participation again, and the player given the most positive response would win that particular game.
So what developer could do this game justice? Truthfully, it's hard to tell. Of the developers out there, Telltale might have been my first choice for this, but their writing quality has been slipping as of late. Jellyvision (the folks behind the 'You Don't Know Jack' series) might be a better choice, as they seem more in touch with pop culture and sharp, satiric writing like the kind that MST3K is known for.
So what do you readers think? Awesomely terrible, or Terribly awesome idea?