I've had an idea for a video game.
It's called 'THE GAME ANYONE CAN WIN'.
This is how it works:
The game is played on a simple rectangular field. The player starts at one end, marked 'START', and all he or she has to do is cross the field to the other end, marked 'END'. Then he or she will win.
You play as a small stick figure, holding a gun. You have ten hit points. Your gun causes ten points of damage with every shot.
In the middle of the field is a large tank which completely blocks the player's path. The tank's turret moves back and forth, firing an endless stream of bullets at the player character, which he or she must dodge. The player character must keep in constant motion to stay alive. Every ten seconds, the tank pauses briefly and the player has one chance to shoot it. The tank has one million hit points.
There is no pause button.
The game would be a flash-based web game, completely free to play, although you would need a Paypal account in order to register. Although the game is completely free, it would charge a small fee of one dollar for every ten minutes of play.
At the bottom of the screen are three buttons which can help the player win. These buttons are labeled 'Health', 'Protection' and 'College'.
When you click the Health button, you receive armor that makes the player completely invulnerable to bullets. This costs five hundred dollars.
When you click the Protection button, a second character will appear on screen. It will fire at the tank with a gun that causes one million points of damage with each shot. This costs five hundred dollars.
When you click the College button, the player is sent a code which increases their gun's power to one thousand damage points per shot. This only costs two hundred dollars.
If you are hit by one of the tank's bullets, you will only take one point of damage, so you can still continue playing. However, the game will pause and a dialogue box will pop up, requiring you to pay twenty dollars for medical expenses. This dialogue box will appear every time you take one point of damage. (This dialogue box will not appear if the player lives outside of the United States.)
When you defeat the tank, it will explode, clearing the player's path. When the player makes it to the area marked 'END', the screen will change to a message that says, 'YOU WIN'.
If however, the player loses, the screen will change to a message that says, 'YOU DIDN'T TRY HARD ENOUGH,' and the game will restart.
Judging by how some people think we ought to run our country, all of this is completely fair.
(BTW, if anyone out there would like to try to actually turn this into a real game, let me know. I would be utterly fascinated to see how people would react to a game like this.)
EDIT: I know a lot of people didn't realize it, but this journal is not about video games.
6 years, 11 months ago
19 Mar 2012 04:59 CET