What was I thinking? How could I start an article series detailing the best potential TV to MMO games without starting with The Walking Dead? Arguably one of the most popular shows on the TV today, and already a highly successful gaming franchise with TellTale's story epic, The Walking Dead has all the ingredients it needs to become a top MMORPG game.
If for some strange reason you dislike zombies, or you've managed to shield yourself from The Walking Dead somehow, you're seriously missing out. Not only does the TV series feature a compelling storyline with in-depth characters and realistic heroes, but it's also home to decapitations, head-shots, and a variety of other gory juiciness that gets us twisted individuals weak at the knees.
TellTale have proven that The Walking Dead has the substance and story to provide gamers with an intriguing experience and Activision are putting their talents to an upcoming shooting title that has a heavy focus on one of the most popular characters from the TV show. That still leaves plenty of room for a more traditional RPG experience, and what better way to make an RPG than aiming for the masses?
I would imagine many mechanics similar to that of PlanetSide 2. A huge game-world that can support thousands of simultaneous players featuring vehicles and other basic forms of transportation. Couple this with survival mechanics from the likes of DayZ and War Z, and you're well on the way to having a perfect MMO game.
Add in some in-depth character progression, animal hunting and player constructable environments and you've got everything you need. The Walking Dead has a far bigger following than other popular IP's that have hit the MMO world and current games have already proven the series has a following.
Do you think we'll see a Walking Dead MMO game? What features would you like to see included? Leave a comment below!
TV To MMO - Andromeda
My last TV to MMO article touched on the potential of a Farscape MMO which lead me to explore the potential of another science-fiction series, Andromeda.
Critical Thinking: Player Agency and the Illusion of Choice
Last week, I examined the concept of branching narrative in the context of gaming. Working from an interview with TellTale Games and using The Walking Dead as an example, I came to the conclusion that, ultimately, the choices themselves don't matter. What's truly important is that you make your players invest themselves in the dilemmas you've presented them; make them think and feel and agonize over which choice is the right one. If you can't do this, it doesn't matter how many different paths your story gives the players - they aren't going to care. Emotional investment is only part of the equation, however. Once you've got the players caring about their choices, you have to show them that those choices actually made a difference. Perhaps even more vital to any good narrative is player agency: essentially, allowing the player's actions to have a real, noticeable impact on the world around them - and demonstrating to them that impact.
TV To MMO - Farscape
The adventures of John Crichton and co provided a roller coaster ride for science fiction fans, although it wasn't just restricted to the silver screen.
TV To MMO - Lost
A TV series that I felt had the potential to be one of the greatest of all time also shares that potential for the possibility of being an amazing MMO game, Lost.
TV To MMO - The Hurricanes
My latest stab at a TV series that has the potential to make an MMO game involves a TV series that I doubt any of you have even heard of, The Hurricanes.
TV To MMO - Yu-Gi-Oh! Online
The popularity of a possible MMO adaptation of the hugely popular Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise is right up there with the mythical possibilities of a Pokemon MMO game, but would it work?
TV To MMO - American Horror Story
Being but a simple Englishman living on a small island, I was painfully unaware of the awesome TV offered by American Horror Story.
TV To MMO - The X-Files Online
There's a host of TV series' that could become a great MMO game but would The X-Files fit the bill?
TV To MMO - Supernatural Online
Take a look at what Blaine thinks could make a great online title with peek into the world of Supernatural.
TV To MMO - Can It Work?
With my new TV to MMO series I take a look at the potential of new IP's and the fall of previous ones.