VR Corbyn & wrestlechess: 300 absurd imaginary games

There are a lot of interesting games in the world, and I try to look at as many of them as I possibly can, but I spent some time over the weekend looking at interesting games that aren’t in the world. On December 5th, author Nate Crowley offered to write a short description of a fictional video game every time somebody liked this tweet. He’s currently at 300 games and while none of them actually exist (yet; a gamejam is a possibility) they’re beautifully absurd pitches.

First of all, I feel I should apologise to Mr Crowley because drawing attention to the tweets may lead to more likes, which make make this task impossible to complete. His world has already been changed and it’s surely only a matter of time before he describes a game about making a list of imaginary games, realising that is all that remains to be done.

You can read the full list, starting from the first entry, right here, but there’s a taster menu below.

There’s silly wordplay, leading to horrific VR experiences:

Stealth games that I want to play immediately:

Nihilism:

And then there are some common themes. The Britishness of many entries is one such theme, with chicken shops and Timpsons making appearances, along with Wetherspoons and LEGENDS:

Wrestling makes a few appearances:

As does Jason Statham:

There are some wonderfully sinister ideas, in both the management and survival horror genres:

And then there’s the one that I actually really want to play right now:

But my personal favourite is Wolfglance Tycoon because that is the best name for a game I’ve ever seen:

Think of these as an alternative to our Advent Calendar games. Go there for the stuff we really loved this year, and peruse Crowley’s list for the games we hope to love in the future.

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8 Comments

  1. Sin Vega says:

    This and the game idea bot should make 95% of game devs so embarassed at their lack of imagination. But of course, most lack the imagination to realise they have no imagination.

  2. benzoate says:

    That Wrestlemania text game needs to happen.

    I’d also settle for a (Incredible) Hulk adventure.
    You see a street full of cars.
    HULK SMASH!
    You see an evil robot.
    HULK SMASH!
    You see Black Widow. (sorry kids, going by the movie universe)
    HULK LOVE!

  3. MacBeth says:

    I’d like to play at least half of them so far… some genius idea-smithery going on. Unfortunately it does go to show that having the ideas is not the hard bit.

  4. Beepdabies says:

    A lot these ideas seem like they wouldn’t be out of place on Cool Games Inc.

  5. Spacewalk says:

    I would play these games if all of them featured Jason Statham in some capacity.