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Joe always had grey hair. Some say this was because he was always wise beyond his years. He would try to find out what he didn’t know and made time to learn new things. He was a deep thinker who dove into murky questions and didn’t resurface until he found the answer. He always loved to share the treasures and wisdom he discovered with others.
For Joe, helping others was his true calling in life. He donated his time and money to people and groups that needed his help. He had welcomed many refugees to his community and into his home. Somehow he found time to do all this even though he was so busy.
One day, Joe got up early to walk his dog, he mended his neighbour’s broken fence, and he read a collection of rare books. He cleared the shed and garage. He wrote an eloquent essay on the nature of love and made dinner for friends. Then the old man sat down on his couch to play video games, a hobby he had loved all his life.
On the couch, he grabbed the controller, and became excited to play. He turned on the TV as one eye struggled to stay open before shuttering. Then the other eye gave in and collapsed. He fell asleep as if been up all night the day before studying for final exams. The TV screen had a sea salt and freshly ground black pepper wallpaper appearance, and it gave off a deafening, crackling sound, but Joe didn’t notice. He finally got to play video games — in his dreams.
There, in my kitchen, were some of the best video game developers in the world. The light coming from that room was so bright that I couldn’t make out anyone’s faces.
“Hello, Adam,” one of them said. “Wait ‘til you see what we’ve cooked up for you.”
It wasn’t a towering skyscraper of flap jacks smothered with maple syrup. Instead, with beaming smiles, they pointed towards a TV. It was a new game. They made it just for me.
Here’s what that dream team looked like and what they brought to the table:
1. A BioWare tale
The Mass Effect series draws you in with an amazing story and doesn’t let go of you. You’ll feel like you’re flying on an interstellar journey on your couch. They’ll pen a tale for my game that would overflow with great characters.
2. Crytek and EA’s destructible environments
I want to smash everything in a game. Hey, I call that realism and it immerses me in the action, so don’t judge. However, the destruction shouldn`t be the focus of the game; I don’t want to play a destruction tech demo with a paper-thin story.
3. A Bethesda world
How would you like to live in a world with nuclear war, irradiated food, mutants and giant crabs? That world is fun to inhabit in Fallout 3.
How would you like to explore Skryim’s snowy mountain peaks, flowing rivers and leafy green trees? That’s what I thought.
Bethesda is the obvious choice to make a world worth getting to know.
4. A Naughty Dog production
The Uncharted games offer the same kinds of thrills that you find in blockbuster movies. Games don’t have to compete with movies, but it’s nice when they do it well. I’d like to see what Naughty Dog could bring to a game for me.
5. Overall game design by Valve
I chose Valve because I think Portal is the most creative game I’ve played in the last six years. Valve has a proven track record. Need I say more?
6. Something unexpected from thatgamecompany
Who knew that I’d want a game like Journey? Thatgamecompany can add anything they want because I trust they’ll make it good.
7. Vehicles and music by Bungie
Halo games have tons of fun and cool vehicles. Bungie always did a good job breaking up on-foot missions with vehicle segments on land and air. True bliss is driving one of these cars while the music of Halo blasts through your speakers.
Bungie and Marty O’Donnell will get the job done on my game.
Alas, I woke up in the kitchen with my face in a plate of pancakes. The dream team was only a drowsy dream. My sudden snap back to reality was depressing. I guess licking this plate of flapjacks clean will console me.