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. It originally aired on US television in October 2000 and ran for 5 years with the penultimate episode airing on May 13th 2005.
It was based on original writings from Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry. The entire series was based entirely on unused material that Gene originally wrote in the 1960s and 1970s. Airing in 2000 the series was still way ahead of its time which really pays tribute to the work created 30 years previously.
The series followed Dylan Hunt and his crew as they attempt to rebuild The Systems Commonwealth; previously a political group that spanned 3 galaxies.
As with most science fiction franchise Andromeda had enough background story to satisfy even the most passionate of fans. One of my personal favorite aspects was the in-depth approach to the races within the show. There are literally dozens of different races but there was a high level of attention to detail to each and every one. There really wasn't any races that came across as lackluster when compared to the others, creating a feeling of a living, breathing universe.
I don't feel there's any debate with whether or not a science fiction MMO would work. Some of the most popular online games are based around science fiction stories and some of them don't even really offer any depth to the world. Andromeda would bring a much needed depth of story to a stale genre but they would need to bring some innovation in regards to mechanics.
The genre as a whole is stagnating at the moment with very few science fiction titles bringing anything new to the table. A decent background story, a devoted legion of fans and enough futuristic technology to fuel a revolution; all the ingredients you'd need to create a decent MMO game.
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 Walking Dead
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?
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.