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#1 Posted by GERALTITUDE (5757 posts) -

I don't like Olympics games. They could be better, right?

Dream game:

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?

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#2 Posted by pyromagnestir (4470 posts) -

Is it wrong that I was really hoping against hope that this was gonna have something to do with Munich the Game?

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#3 Posted by Contrarian (1205 posts) -

I didn't know it needed saving.

I don't want to save it, I don't want to watch it and I don't want to hear about it. It is boring and the worst part is the flag waving patriotism that makes me want to throw up. I am not pointing the parochialism at any country, they are all bad at it and the jingoism of the locals and their press (anywhere) is revolting.

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#4 Posted by matthias2437 (992 posts) -

TL;DR

I would save the Olympics by turning it into a month long gladiator event not dissimilar to the one depicted in the movie The Gladiator.

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#5 Posted by ma_rc_01 (386 posts) -

I think it should be a cover based third person shooter where the athletes are dropped behind enemy lines and have to fight their way to the Olympics. After that, kinect based sports minigames.

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#6 Posted by PeasantAbuse (5098 posts) -

idk i dont like watching people exercise

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#7 Posted by WMWA (1223 posts) -

Make them...special

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#8 Posted by BrockNRolla (1725 posts) -

Include random "Panda Bear Madness Minutes" where all the athletes, coaches, and dignitaries have to run out onto the field and break out their best moves.

Yes. Those moves will also be judged.

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#9 Posted by Video_Game_King (36564 posts) -

@wmaustin55 said:

Make them...special

They already have the Special Olympics, and at least in terms of its concept, it wouldn't change a damn thing; the Special Olympics are for people with mental disabilities, meaning the competitors would likely be of the same physical prowess of Non-Special Olympics athletes. (And like that, I'm sure an army of former Olympic athletes are coming to kick my ass for calling them non-special.)

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#10 Posted by DillonWerner (1609 posts) -

Plant bombs in all participating countries and if your country doesn't get enough medals, BOOM!

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#11 Edited by SmilingPig (1370 posts) -

I want to manage a country’s Olympic Games.

You need to:

- Find the athletes

-train the athletes

-research new drugs for the athletes

-Bribes the Olympic comity to try to have the Olympic in your country

-Bribes the judges

- pay brutes to ruff up the athletes from other delegations

-spy on other delegations

...A true Olimpic simulation.

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#12 Posted by Brendan (9082 posts) -

@Contrarian said:

I didn't know it needed saving.

I don't want to save it, I don't want to watch it and I don't want to hear about it. It is boring and the worst part is the flag waving patriotism that makes me want to throw up. I am not pointing the parochialism at any country, they are all bad at it and the jingoism of the locals and their press (anywhere) is revolting.

Hey, somebody that lives in our country won a medal. WE won, WE won!!1

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#13 Posted by WMWA (1223 posts) -
@Video_Game_King The ellipses in my comment signified the actual special Olympics. Lol
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#14 Posted by Manhattan_Project (2254 posts) -

@Brendan said:

@Contrarian said:

I didn't know it needed saving.

I don't want to save it, I don't want to watch it and I don't want to hear about it. It is boring and the worst part is the flag waving patriotism that makes me want to throw up. I am not pointing the parochialism at any country, they are all bad at it and the jingoism of the locals and their press (anywhere) is revolting.

Hey, somebody that lives in our country won a medal. WE won, WE won!!1

Yeah fuck being proud of your country.

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#15 Edited by Contrarian (1205 posts) -

@Manhattan_Project said:

@Brendan said:

@Contrarian said:

I didn't know it needed saving.

I don't want to save it, I don't want to watch it and I don't want to hear about it. It is boring and the worst part is the flag waving patriotism that makes me want to throw up. I am not pointing the parochialism at any country, they are all bad at it and the jingoism of the locals and their press (anywhere) is revolting.

Hey, somebody that lives in our country won a medal. WE won, WE won!!1

Yeah fuck being proud of your country.

@Brendan I hate you ..............

@Manhattan_Project The spirit of the Olympics is the spirit of the human achievement. A true Olympics would have no flangs and no anthems. Only the name of the greatest athlete would suffice. Parochialism and jingoism is contrary to the spirit of the Olympics .......... still wouldn't care about them though.

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#16 Posted by TheVeteran13 (1416 posts) -

HUNGER GAMES

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#17 Posted by SuperSambo (3100 posts) -

Hundreds of people at their physical peak doing extraordinary things.

How can you not enjoy the Olympics? The amount of sport on offer is incredible!

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#18 Posted by InternetCrab (1581 posts) -

You know you could play it old school and play the Olympics naked.

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#19 Edited by MonkeyKing1969 (6393 posts) -

I don't like sports games. When you combine 20 different sports games, few of which are done well, you just have crap. I agree with some people that the game needs to be about "the life" of an athlete, not the few few minutes of competition, but they years of life leading to that moment. The Olympics are BETTER then mere mini-games jammed together.

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#20 Posted by Everyones_A_Critic (6500 posts) -

Unless they changed it to some Hunger Games kind of shit I'll probably never be interested.

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#21 Posted by TheDudeOfGaming (6116 posts) -

@InternetCrab said:

You know you could play it old school and play the Olympics naked.

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The Olympics already have separate categories based on gender right? If so, FUCK YES!

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#22 Posted by AlianthaBerries (158 posts) -

The Olympics already is a third-person-shooter, they also have Basketball, Football, Tennis, Boxing, Wrestling, BMX, Taekwando.

If you don't like the Athletics then you have a multitude of awesome sports on offer.

Also it isn't just about national pride, it's about the whole world (for the most part) tuning in to watch the absolute best athletes compete at their best.

If none of that does anything for you then you must be able to appreciate the importance it holds in world culture? The world would be a worse place without the games.

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#23 Posted by Jay444111 (2638 posts) -

Chess Boxing would be interesting. People beating the crap out of each other for two minutes. Then to go through a chess match for a certain amount of time till you have to fight again. It requires brains and strength! That is a sport I can support! (rhyming not meant to happen.)

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#24 Posted by Hunkulese (4113 posts) -
@GERALTITUDE Your idea to improve Olympic games is to annualize them? When has that ever made any game better.

If they wanted to make a better Olympic game they'd need to work on it for longer than a month and they still probably wouldn't sell that well.
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#25 Posted by captain_max707 (634 posts) -
@Jay444111: I think you'd need a third category, otherwise a situation could come up where one contestant is a fantastic fighter and can win based on that alone, and vice versa. Perhaps if it were chess-boxing-skating, where you require brawn, brains, and dexterity. Truly a contest for champions. 
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#26 Posted by GERALTITUDE (5757 posts) -

@pyromagnestir: That's kind of an amazing concept... but yes, it's wrong.

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#27 Posted by Marcsman (3610 posts) -

Make Pole Dancing a event. Women only of course.

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#28 Posted by GERALTITUDE (5757 posts) -

@Hunkulese: It's the only solution in our world!

If they annualize them, they can work on the base engine for longer, way way longer than they get to work on it now (so I agree with you). This way the money grubbers get to grub money, and gamers get better games. Unlike most franchises, the Olympics would be fine to annualize. Like I said, 1 real instalment every 2 years (winter/summer) with some packs in the middle.

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#29 Posted by Orange_Pork (688 posts) -

Women's Beach Volleyball is one of the greatest sports in the history of mankind. So I guess I'd just make the whole Olympics revolve around that event.

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#30 Posted by stinky (1564 posts) -

2 men should enter, but only one should leave.