I have still been on this search for what is fun in games. As players, what draws us in and keeps us around? Well today I want to talk about what we think is cool and why it should be in a game. Hence my title, Vikings vs. Werewolves!! Grant Gould is an artist and cartoonist best known for his work on Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
He is famous and has hordes of Star Wars fans watching his work. Yet in all his Star Wars glory back in 2008 he released a short comic called Wolves of Odin. The story is about three werewolves that attack vikings for revenge. It is simple and cool. The artwork is great.
So my question is, why don't we see more games with this simple style of things we find cool. Pirates, Ninjas, Vikings, Werewolves, Elves, Orcs, Barbarians, Mages, all of these classes and elements are in MMOs somewhere, but how come we never see MMOs develop around something simple.
Do the executives say: "It's a Fantasy MMO we have to have Elves or no one will buy it!"
For me, all Grant Gould's comic needed to say was Viking's Vs. Werewolves and I was sold. I was buying that book and spending my free time reading it, why? Because it was cool to me.
Imagine an MMO where Loki awoke Fenris and created a Werewolf army. The Vikings are the other faction fighting under Thor and Odin. Since it is now a Fantasy MMO "and we have to have Elves!" Why not make a third faction with Freya and Frey and their Elves who come down to re capture artifacts stolen by the vikings.
So, Vikings vs. Werewolves vs. Elves (because Corellan Larethian forbid, we must have elves!).
Quests, armor, gold, glory for your faction's diety and Norse awesomeness....and BAM! You have a cool MMO!
See, to me this is cool. This is what would make me cheer and say, cool something that looks fun. It does not have to be a major IP from the 1900s. It does not have to be for kids. It is just something fun. Look at Plants Vs. Zombies for goodness sake, fun and simple and cool.
For me, this stuff is cool. What games would you like to see...Ninja vs. Shaolin vs. Samurai?
Until next time...