Wednesday, March 10, 2010

They Like the Cat Idea . . .

In a previous meeting with the game developers, they said they wanted something unusual in the game. They spouted off a few examples from games I never heard of, so what they meant was lost on me.

(Imagine asking your parents to find the start menu.)

So I went home, and started coming up with ideas of things that could be deemed "weird."

I chuckled at one, finding it funny in that stupid way and scrawled it onto the margins of a sheet of loose leaf.

The next week I ran through my ideas, most of which were about breaking the fourth wall and making fun of the gamer for playing a game.

There were some piqued eyebrows but nothing that really stopped the show. So I threw out the jokey suggestion I remembered from the handwritten note.

"So at the end of the third level, the villain gives you chance to exit the game, warning that it gets worse from here on out. If the player chooses to quit, the villain chortles and says, (booming voice) "Perhaps you'd be better suited for videos of cats playing.' The player goes back to the main menu, and sure enough - there's now a link, 'Videos of cats playing'."

Even the hard-asses liked it and the next hour was spent developing the manner in how this would work and building a mini-game around it.

I sat there watching all this. Thinking to myself, over-and-over: You've got to be fucking kidding me.


Anonymous said...

i am not a gamer and iiiiiii think it is a great idea !!!

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Leveraging the American Dream said...

Yes, my friend. That's how most meetings go... and not just in the gaming world.

Enjoyed your post thoroughly.

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