Combining Genres Into One Online Event

14th May 2004

Single Player First Person Shooter Maps and Mods for Half-Life 1, 2 and Episodes 1, 2 and 3

What if all the multiplayer matches being played online, as you read this, were part of one big WAR? FPSs, Tank, Sub and Aircraft Sims, all controlled by the strategy games?

I don’t play multiplayer games online so this post might be plain stupid, but bear with me while I try to explain.

It seems to me that if some enterprising developer would combine a number of genres into one huge online game they could attract a lot of gamers. For example, let’s use the very popular WW2 setting.

Firstly you have the strategists, they are the Generals etc. They basically control the game. They decide who and what fights where. They decide to send in a crack team of marines into a certain zone. This then becomes the mission for a group of FPS gamers. It may not be a fair or even fight but that’s war. The result of this skirmish is relayed to the Generals of both sides. Next the RPG guys get a shot at retrieving information, again the results are ‘real’. Of course the flight, tank and sub simulations are all running at the same time. So instead of the strat guys play a fake war they are playing a real war.

What I’m trying to suggest is that players get to play the kind of genre they like but still be part of a team with a ‘real’ purpose. The planning and implementation would be need a huge effort, but it may be really interesting.

The ‘war’ could start every 6 months to a year and the scope of features is mind boggling. I have lots of ideas related to this but I thought I would open it up for discussion before getting into the finer points.

This is almost exactly what I was trying to get at:
Battle for the Galaxy

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