Much ado has certainly been made lately about doing something "new and different" in games. Just take a look at all the options coming through Kickstarter
lately; even more contenders have thrown their hats into the ring since our roundup last February
. But in a large number of these cases, the new ideas are coming from developers within the gaming industry. So what would happen if a game were developed from outside the industry?
. Formally known as The Untitled Game
, the game is the brainchild of Nerd Kingdom
, a group hailing from the world of academia that happens to have intersected with gaming. Self-described as "a collaboration of video game developers, academic scientists, modders, and gamers," this group wants to move beyond just improving the way games are made "to show[ing] that such games can make us better as individuals and as a society."
I was able to catch up with one of the founders of Nerd Kingdom, Scientist and Researcher of Stuffs Peter Salinas
, to talk about the game. We touched on everything from player design input to features (like player books and companions) to making an engine available for others to use. Oh, and of course, Soylent Green.