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Posted: Aug 12th 2010 8:11AM (Unverified) said

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I think it'd be really good if games explored time travel a little more thoroughly. It'd be a bit of a bugger to program it properly, but if they got it right it'd be amazing!

I imagine you'd have some sort of gun that could open a time portal which can throw you a number of increments forward and back in time in order to accomplish goals and defeat enemies.

Example: Big nasty monster running at you, you either jump 20secs into the future when the beast has already run past/through you and shoot him in the back, OR you fire the portal in front of the beast so that it rematerializes long after you've left.

If you wanted to assasinate someone and you knew what time they were going to be at a place, you could open a portal to the right setting, shoot into it, then walk off. At the right time, a bullet would fly out of a portal in the future killing your target.

Posted: Aug 12th 2010 8:13AM Platypus Man said

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I'd love to see a good Steampunk MMORPG. And a Western. Or, better yet, a Steampunk-Western!!

Posted: Aug 12th 2010 8:28AM (Unverified) said

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A steam-punk western would be pretty sweet if done well :)
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Posted: Aug 12th 2010 8:40AM Alarie said

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Agreed! /sign
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Posted: Aug 12th 2010 9:43AM (Unverified) said

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Something like an MMO version of Arcanum would be pretty sweet.
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Posted: Aug 12th 2010 10:40AM The Other Chris said

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Agreed. A Steampunk-Western would be awesome. It's too bad that most steampunk games just aren't that good. I think the last good one was, as Fris13 mentioned, Arcanum.
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Posted: Aug 13th 2010 10:48AM Valdamar said

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We need someone to make a Deadlands MMO - that IP would make for an awesome Steeampunk-Western MMO setting.
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Posted: Aug 12th 2010 8:14AM timthel0rd said

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I'm really not too fussed on the setting, as long as it's got a good story.

That said, I wouldn't mind a non-magic fantasy/medieval setting. (not necessarily realistic in any way, just without magic).

Magic is just lame.

Posted: Aug 12th 2010 9:04AM Drannos said

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Agreed. Sign me up.

Maybe something like The Black Company - dark and gritty medieval setting with a "hub world" between several parallel worlds, lots of thematic variety, and huge armies fighting massive wars. Sure, there was some magic, but it wasn't all-pervasive like the D&D based games. It was reserved for a few, very powerful characters (likely NPCs in a game).

That, or something "present day" or near-future. The Agency and The Secret World are both going for this, and I'm really excited to see what they have to offer. Or cyberpunk/steampunk. Whatever has a good story.

Or maybe switch up the theme of the game systems instead of the setting - non-combat such as exploration, politics, or anything that doesn't involve smashing other people's brains out.
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Posted: Aug 12th 2010 10:20AM (Unverified) said

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Game of Thrones would be cool. Still has at least 1 act of magic in it but hey it's a start and it has a great story. Would definitely allow for more of a dramatic political game than is out currently.
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Posted: Aug 13th 2010 10:51AM Valdamar said

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Yeah The Black Company, a Song of Ice and Fire, or the Malazan Book of the Fallen - all very gritty worlds with lots of intrigue that would make great IPs for an MMO setting.

I'd love to play an MMO where I could be a Malazan Marine Sapper :)
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Posted: Aug 12th 2010 8:22AM Snichy said

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Love to see a Wild West MMO - the obvious comparison is Red Dead Redemption but that game would really make a great immersive open world environment for an MMO.

Posted: Aug 12th 2010 10:15AM Saker said

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Love to play in HBO's "Deadwood" type of setting. That would be fantastic! Very sandbox, mining, etc. Love to be able to be a wicked tavern/brothel owner!
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Posted: Aug 12th 2010 8:32AM (Unverified) said

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Oh yea! With The Platypus all the way! A Steampunk MMO. Or a Steampunk Western MMO! Think of all the neat character designs and automotons, gears and victorian/western style clothing armors. Strange contraptions on the guns like in the fully upgraded Bioshock weapons models. Weird genetically enhanced robots and strange mad scientist bosses. Massive dirigibles of floating greatness! Sounds awesome, sign me up!

Posted: Aug 12th 2010 8:36AM DarkMellie said

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A western MMO makes sense but given the 'normal-ness' of the content they'd have to work very hard to make it authentic enough to spend time in.

Personally I'd like to see a Surreal MMO. Funnily enough, think of Inception. That's the kind of gameworld I'd like to inhabit.

Posted: Aug 12th 2010 8:39AM Darkdust said

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Indiana Jones. Antarctic discovery. Cold war espionage. Cyberpunk. Nearly any setting can work if a developer has the courage, vision, and ability to execute.

Posted: Aug 12th 2010 8:42AM Ocho said

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Personally, I love the 1950's art deco Post Apocolyptic setting like in Fallout, Fallen Earth, Bioshock, etc.

Posted: Aug 12th 2010 8:48AM tk421242 said

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A truly good cyberpunk type mmo. Perhaps a real version of shadowrun finally. Also once again, casting a vote for anything from the Rifts universe, just so much content to work with there, and never ending expansions through the rifts opening around the world.

Posted: Aug 13th 2010 10:54AM Valdamar said

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Rifts and Shadowrun are both awesome settings - two of my favourites from my pen & paper RPG days - and both have the advantage that pretty much anything from fantasy or sci-fi would fit in them (Rifts especially).

But I'd still rather have a Battletech MMO - that's my dream. Mecha + intrigue = fun.
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Posted: Aug 12th 2010 8:51AM (Unverified) said

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If Everything goes well, Torchlight MMORPG, will be a perfect representation of Steam&Sorcery genre.

From what we know about Torchlight II (the game before mmorpg) the world setting is heavily influenced by industrial revolution era of our world with railroads being built as the only thing connecting various mines and towns.


The closest to real life will most likely be The Secret World.



What I would want to see as mmorpg? Dresden Files. There's just....so much potential for awesome sandbox game there...the setting and the lore allows for pretty much unlimited choice of races, classes, exploration, etc. And the setting itself feels alive and unique, with the whole noir feeling in it.

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