I don't like Olympics games. They could be better, right?
Annualizable. Know what I'm saying? Here's what you call the off-years: Road to the Olympics. In any case you would have to template the shit out of these games, which is fine, since the events are relatively static. Speed skating or 100-meter dash doesn't change much year over year as far as rules go. You'd only have to slap the faces on to the bodies that you'd reskin every year. For this reason a slightly cartooned look is preferable to attempts at "real". Cel-shaded games seem to have great blurring effects, which is just a big thumbs up to your crowds looking good. New physics and animations now and them would be nice. Years of steady development sh/would result in a polished product by no more than two iterations. Compared to competitive team sports Olympic sports are far simpler in so far as the number of camera angles you need to plan for, number of competitors, number of objects on screen and competing AIs. This might sound crazy but somebody like Double Fine would be a perfect fit for this kind of game, because it has to have a story to really win. You must become an Olympian. You know I just pictured Tim Schafer and suddenly I've changed my idea. Wouldn't it be great if you travelled through Olympic Time? Undoubtedly once time machines are up and running villains will exploit the ability to send future-trained athletes into the past to change the course of Olympic history, thus changing the fate of the world. Many alternate realities are created when this happens and so of course somebodies taxes have to go to building heroes, heroes of time that is: Time Cops: In Olympic Time. Of course in many realities these ultimate athletes could go on to wield political power in one way or another. At Game Start it's already too late for many of these worlds. In fact this realities are where the Time Cops were born, where they're still born, raised, trained and buried.
That's the opening. The rest of the game is a Child Becomes Adult Tutorial segment, followed by... mini-games! But this one has a story. You can only play each mini-game X number of times per "season". There are a some training seasons with random tournaments thrown in. Win a tournament? Win bonus XP. Level it up. Earn some skills. Get better, so on. In-between racing true-blue athletes you are sometimes confronted by a Time Nemesis. They can cheat and will force you to develop new tactics. For instance, during a round of 4-man speed skating, you need to push the other skaters (though they're not on your team) ahead of you, in an attempt to momentarily stun the Time Nemesis. After rounds of training you do the Olympics, which is just the same things but in a fancy different location now and then.
That's the frame.
So... anyone got ideas?