Platform Nation’s “A Simple Question” – 5/19/2010

Welcome to another session of ASQ – where we ask the questions and you give us your thoughts.

In case you missed it, Red Dead Redemption launched this week, so there’s quite a bit of buzz around not only the game, but the untapped potential that its setting provides.  Several have tried with varying degrees of success, but this game seems to be the first to capture an authentic feel to the western era.  Which leads to this week’s ASQ:

What era do you think has the most potential for future gaming greatness?

The usual caveats: The era should be one that isn’t already heavily utilized (which certainly rules out the medieval era).  Sci-Fi games are out since its not an era that’s occurred yet, and WWII is probably a dead horse at this point.  Otherwise, give your thoughts and why.  Have fun!

Here’s ChaCha’s response: “I think that games centered around past wars such as Call of Duty has the potential to bring the next best game.” (I later got a more specific “Vietnam War” response, which I think I kind of agree with).

My response to last week’s ASQ, “What game do you most want to see a sequel made of ?”:

Personally, I’d love to see a sequel to Psychonauts. Great game, great characters, unique ideas and levels. I could only imagine what the sequel could bring.

Considering the lengthy trouble with sales the original had (it was more a cult game for a long time), I doubt it will happen.

A Simple Question (ASQ) is a weekly segment for Platform Nation.  Each week, you’ll be posed a question.  These may be topical, funny, insightful, or just plain strange, and we want to hear from you.  Give a response and let the world know what you think.  There is no right or wrong answer here.  I will post my response on Friday in this post, and repost it next week. You’ll also see ChaCha’s response to the question each week.  If you have a suggestion for a question, hit me up on twitter @vttym.

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  • Julian Montoya (DarthJuLiOh)

    maybe something set in the pre-Columbian era?

    Like, native tribes fighting against Spaniards, creating strategies with their underpowered weapons, and maybe using their gods as some kind of power-ups…

  • Mark Withers. (MarkWithers)

    i love Greek mythology as a setting and although God Of War and Titan Quest have been there and done that, I’d love to see more games in this era as it mythical so developeers imagination can run wild

  • Hmm this is a good question! I would have to say the middles ages era some great stories could be told for this era and worked into games.

  • Billy Raby (Mr. Lucha)

    3 words.

    Justin Bieber Rockband.

    Kidding. I would think that Little Big Planet and ModNation Racers are going in the direction of the future. With so many people able to see behind the scenes of how their games are made, the interest in making games seems higher than ever. LBP & MNR are games with a huge tool set for people to make just about anything they want. I think more complex and fun creation tools are the gaming future.

    Rpg/Fighter Maker were comlex, but lacked fun.

  • Billy Raby (Mr. Lucha)

    Whoops, misread the question.

    Ummm…I like turn of the century.

    Anything from the late 1800’s to early 1900’s. It is a visually interesting time.

  • Billy, I am with you on that era, it was one of the ones I thought had some good potential, though this is probably more for the US than the world. I think there is some potential though in the more historic eras (Assassin’s Creed was a great leap back, and had fantastic modern day connections sprinkled in).

    Ultimately, this has to be an era that would sport a good game, though, so I would like to see something made in one of two eras – either the explosion of global expansion and commerce with the Age of Sail, or, more locally, the era of US expansion across the country re: Lewis and Clark (an RPG of Oregon Trail would be fantastic 😉 Both offer opportunities for expansive growth, emergent gameplay, and exploration in uncharted territories.

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