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Dammit, we want you to tell us stuff – like if you had unlimited resources and time, what kind of video game would you like to design and produce? What is your dream game?

This isn’t some marketing survey or whatever. It’s an emotional investment in you. Yes, we’re interested in knowing you, Kotaku reader person. You probably know enough about us – more than you even want to, we’re sure. But, hey, we’d like to know about you, too.

I was asked this question yesterday and, despite the fact that I found it almost overwhelmingly impossible to answer, I thought it was a good one. So I thought I'd throw it out to you guys: imagine you are a Game Director. You are handed a blank cheque, four years, and a team who are the absolute best in the business at what they do - what game do you make?

Let us know in the comments below.


    Half Life 2: episode 3, since nobody else seems to be making the damn thing...


      I havent done anything but enter my name! Thrillhouse!

        Fun fact: THRILLHO has as many characters as Milhouse. So he could have fit his actual name in there.

          Yes but THRILLHOUSE has more characters than Millhouse which is the joke....... FUN JOKE... i dunno

    I would honestly REDO 'Cricket' for Wii.

    I'm not a huge sports fan or anything like that, but i honestly have no idea how someone can mess up Cricket on a Wii.
    I would remove all actual players as well, they never look legit.

      Except! It would be based in the late 1800's and i'd hire the Art team who did Team Fortress 2

        I would play that.

        So would I, provided you also hired the TF2 writers :P

    I think I'd be tempted to make a massive RPG. It'd be amazing to spend a whole year just planning and thinking and sketching ideas. Plus it'd give me time to play a few RPGs because it's research :). I would also be sure to add "interesting mechanics" and "unique features" to take the genre to the "next level".

    That's a hard question actually. A lot of the time I don't know exactly what I want in a game until someone makes something good :P (or when they make something that really isn't good lol).

    As unimaginative as that makes me sound...

    HA! Awsome pic, one of the best eps. I still want to play BoneStorm. "All I did was enter my name!"

    Baldur's Gate III. Isometric, a hundred hours of dialogue, more choices and paths than you could ever hope of even experiencing and tactical combat similar to the previous games. It'd be a long, long game and I'd get back all the previous characters and voice actors in one way or another.... Especially minsc and irenicus

    I have a wishlist of games that I'd like to see made (mostly sequels), but that aside...

    I thought Heavy Rain was a very interesting step forward in interactive storytelling, and I would like to see this concept advanced.

    All other genres seem pretty well covered by a number of other non-Shane studios at the moment, but Quantic Dream is the only studio I can think of making games like this, so I'd like to lend a hand to this kind of game.

    I'd have a full-on Army simulator - the combat of Arma with commanding a military force at the highest level of the military on randomly-generated missions and such.

    Something Zelda-esque. Something so massive, big and grand. Ive always loved the Zelda series so thats the one sort of game
    I'd really love to make.

      A 3D remake of Zelda, A Link to the Past would be epic. Maybe add in that 3rd world Miyamoto always wanted.

    Kingdom Hearts series HD remakes (KH1, KH2, KH 358/2 days and KH BBS) on PS3 with Move capability.

    All I want is Freespace 2 released again with the best possible graphics.

    A third-person real-time pokemon game where you control the pokemon through the trainer with commoands, but the pokemon move, dodge and respond in real time.

    I'd also like to make a game for the Wii U where one or two players use the touchscreen to organise forces while other players, using wiimotes, must fight the foes and defend each other on the main screen.

      I know, right? This has seemed like a no-brainer for the past 10 years. Basically recreate the cartoon in a game.

      But I guess it would take a lot of work to do right, so it's easier to keep remaking the same game. Chumps (like me) will buy it anyway.

      I always thought Pokemon would be a perfect fit for the mmorpg genre. Pvp and pve gameplay is all there. The addiction of gearing up your character is replaced by catching 'em all.

        Oh god, not another MMO!

        You're right, but there's just too many MMOs and not enough time.

      kind of like what i wrote down below... now i look like a f00l lol

    I've had something floating around in my head for years - "EcoSystem".

    Takes place in a beautifully immersive backyard/forest/jungle. You pick a creature from a wide range of possibilities, from an ant all the way up to a tiger or an eagle. Then you have to go about hunting or gathering to feed yourself, while simultaneously avoiding the creatures chasing after you, and scoring points based upon whatever metrics make sense for your creature.

    The number of player slots per creature type decrease as you move up the food chain, so your objective is to play well enough that you get to climb the foodchain with each re-incarnation. manage to stay there.

    I guess it's a MMO action game, though I've had this idea since before the term "MMO" was even coined! Whether it would actually work would depend on how much fun it is after balancing out the mundane survival stuff.

    If somebody comes out with this game in 5 years time, you heard it here first folks!

      "with each re-incarnation. manage to stay there."
      -> with each re-incarnation. Only the very best players would reach eagle status and manage to stay there.

        I'd love to see a game make good use of a reincarnation mechanic. So many possibilities.

        I have a doc somewhere for a game set in hell, where you must reincarnate your way back to earth through survival and taking care of your own hell spawn. Twisted, yet divine.

    Zombie mmofps with fully destructible enviroment, the ability to build heaps of things (eg create weapons like Dead Rising 2, graft metal plates and spikes to cars, set up barricads etc) and free for all pvp.

      I would LOVE a huge Zombie MMOFPS. No levelling hit points though, just skill upgrades (learning how to use better weapons and build cooler things) - and a real focus on survival i.e. ammo and weapons are scarce. I would even want a hardcore server mode where you lose your character when you die and have to start again.

      Hell, even a single player game with a roguelike randomisation and permadeath where you just have to get into the infected zone and get as many artefacts as you can and get out alive for points - I'm thinking the atmosphere of Stalker / Metro 2033.

    A Space Flight sim that isn't as complicated as the X Series or EVE Online.

    A Space Flight Sim like X-Wing or TIE Fighter. Simple to operate but awesome none the less - requiring skill rather than 1000's of automated homing torpedoes fired with one click of the button.

    Between missions, you can actually walk around your Space Carrier, talk to crew and even fight off boarding actions or board suspect vessels. All tied together with a strong narrative of course. The computing power of today's computers and the fact most of your graphics are a black backdrop, should mean we could build up some absolutely awesome scaled space battles.

      This is pretty much like Starlancer from about ten years ago.

      That was such a great game.

      Awesome idea.

    A unique modern gritty First Person military shooter, where you start off fighting terrorists in the Middle East, who then in turn tie back to some secret group of Russian ultra-nationalists. Who are trying to ignite global warfare. Oh there would also be references to oil or something. And they'd be a mission you shoot a gun from a helicopter.


        I know. It'll be as unique as a single snowflake.

          If you market that toward 15-25 year olds, slap a Justice song on the ad to show that gaming can be cool. You'll be richer then Richie Rich.

          Or you could just make a Duke Nukem prequel.

      I spent a good five minutes trying to figure out if this was a serious reponse or a jest.

        In jest you say? well I never.

        Well this modern gritty first person military shooter will also have ONLINE gameplay.

        We can have the good military versus the terrorist group, and the good military vs the Russian military.

        To make this more enticing to players, I've thought up a system of obtaining additional grades. They'll be called xp (for exposure points obviously), and they can be gained by killing the other players or completing objectives. [this will be a new revolutionary change to the video game market, as no other developer has ever has exposure points].

        I may even have to look into some sort of pre-purchase arrangement, where-is these people are granted additional exposure points or grades just by giving me money early.

      Why is it always Russian ultra-nationalists? :P

        I just finished HAWX2 last night with a mate. It had Russian ultra-nationalists.

          Ugh, HAWX 2. Russian ultra-nationalists WITH A LASER BEAM IN SPACE. WHY DID THEY EVEN NEED NUKES IF THEY HAD A DEATH LASER. So much rage.

    An AR portable using a "scouter-like" HMD that can then have multiple games developed for it.

    I want 4 games remade , I'm greedy!
    Carrier Command, Syndicate, Carmen Sandiego and Necromancer (Atari 400).

    As for my own game, I'd love an open world Racer set in Australia, with the Cities all built at a high level of detail and just be able to street-race, cruise etc. around the places I know.

      They ARE redoing Carrier Command. It looks awesome. RPS have been covering it.

      +1 to Syndicate.

      Syndicate and Syndicate Wars are two of my all time favorites.
      Ah, Bullfrog. <3

    I Am Legend type game (the book, not the horrible movie). A true survival RPG. Too much detail to go into while I'm at work! Maybe later ey.

      DO WANT!
      (book version)

        If anyone wants to give me a hand working on a tech-demo... UDK engine, mayhaps?

        Time to bust out 3ds/Zbrush!

    The Byond game, Space Station 13.

    It would be amazing if they made it a 3d fps-like game, with a less complicated GUI

    A GOOD star trek MMO based on legitimate Canon, with original voice actors from all series.

    I would probably just remake minecraft but without all the glitches. Also you have rocketboots and lightsabers and deloreans

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