I am posting this poll in the ideas category as well. I have been vocal in my opposition to episodic gaming. However, this week I want to propose an idea that can benefit from it.
This week’s poll question is:
Should players control the storyline with an episode-ending vote?
Firstly, forget Half-Life 2: Episodes. This idea is not connected directly with those, just episodic gaming in general.
Now, image an episode ends with a number of vital story threads left in the balance. At this point the play has, for example, three questions and each question has a maximum of three simple answers.
The player is then allowed to vote. Perhaps it relates to the fate of a character or perhaps a possible location or level concept. The player is only allowed to vote once, not every time she or he finishes the game.
This type of idea has been used in many other media, perhaps even in games, I’ve just never heard of it. (Remember I am not an expert of FPS gaming or any other gaming, so please don’t assume I am saying it has never appeared. I’m just saying I haven’t heard of it.)
There could also be a basic feedback system built in; requesting detailed information about each level and story point.
The use of a system like this could easily be expanded to include simple competitions. Something like name the next weapon or location. The winner receives the next episode free.
Do you like the idea of being part of the writing team or do you think that those details should be left to the developers?
Would you participate in feedback or other uses of a similar system?
Do you think somebody could build it into a mod for Half-Life 2?
Do you have any other ideas for such a system?