I’ve been watching a whole lot of Dexter on Netflix lately. I know, I know… “Bill, not EVERYTHING needs to be turned into an MMO.” I'm not saying everything should be, either. I'm just sort of pondering in type, and seeing what you guys think. Maybe this would be nigh impossible to pull off as an one, but how interesting of an experiment would it be to try and pull off a persistent game where some players are criminals and others are detectives? The crimes could be murders, robberies, or anything I suppose. And obviously there would need to be quite a lot of work to make the wrong-doing nearly as appealing as the tracking down of the wrong-doers. But to me, it represents one possible way in which the MMO could evolve.
Perhaps it’s a little too creepy to imagine a virtual game world in which players stalk around murdering NPCs (or worse) but I can’t help but feel APB missed a rare opportunity to do something really special. Their game of cops and robbers is a fun and frenetically paced shootout, but there’s a more subtle layer to the balance of law and order (dun-dun!) which is completely missed. I know the practice of dusting for prints and all that CSI stuff might not interest some folks in terms of game mechanics, but I grew up playing Police Quest.
There are almost too many little details which would need to be crafted into the game. DNA remnants, fingerprints, traceable weapons, and so on. Not to mention the fact that it would only be a matter of time before some walkthrough popped up that showed criminal players exactly how to leave nothing behind to trace them. But the idea of it lingers and it’s something I’ll be wishing for for ages, I expect.
Still, a guy can dream right? Dream of a San Paro (APB) that not only includes rampant violent criminals and the police that hunt them down, but the more complex crime investigations of murderers, burglaries, and other less flashy criminal acts?
Better yet, who wants to give me about $40 million so I can see to its creation myself? I promise I’ll not throw it away on booze, football helmets filled with cottage cheese, and naked pictures of Bea Arthur (R.I.P.). Not that much of it anyway.