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 Post subject: NYT Best Seller summary-style game pitches
PostPosted: November 18th, 2010, 3:23 pm 
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If you've never read the summaries for New York Times best sellers' list, you missing out. The format means each hit needs to be summarized in a single sentence, which tends to make a lot of them seem even more baldly ridiculous or hilarious. Actual examples from the current list:

THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN: An insightful Lab-terrier mix helps his owner, a struggling race car driver.
WORST CASE:A New York detective raising 10 children investigates a string of killings.

(Trade fiction/mass market fiction summaries are usually the most reliably entertaining, but not always.)
http://www.nytimes.com/best-sellers-boo ... /list.html
http://www.nytimes.com/best-sellers-boo ... /list.html


For kicks, come up with a title and pitch the game in a single sentence, as it might appear in one of these summaries. Inspired by getting the notification that "@shattered_steve" was now following me on twitter:

SHATTERED STEVE (Ubisoft, RTS): The semi-sentient components of Steve, the legendary giant robot, quest for reunification and revenge against the Luddite cult that nearly destroyed them.

TOUGH TALKING (Barker Interactive, Casual): The new teacher from an Ivy League college gets a lesson in street smarts from a tough inner city school janitor and her volatile but gifted students.

ZOMBIE VIKING ALIEN NINJA VAMPIRE ROBOT NAZI ATTACK (MonkeyCheese Ltd., Platformer): A game you swore has already been released and you sincerely wish would just go away already.


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 Post subject: Re: NYT Best Seller summary-style game pitches
PostPosted: November 18th, 2010, 4:43 pm 
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THE BONONO GAME (Antwoord, Survival horror): An Islington dinner party go to a South African township.

SHIKARI (Flasholmes, TPS): A retired Kenyan hunter discovers a German conspiracy in the veldt in 1913.

ASCENT (Cordwainer, Arcade Flight): A fighter pilot who is part of his starship fights hemaphrodites who want to love him to death.

COUNTER-REVOLUTION (De Maistre, Action-Adventure): Defeat the Enlightenment.

RED SUN, RED SEA (Peril Games, RTS): A Japanese captain hunts Austro-Hungarian U-boats in the Great War.

HUBRIS (Callidus Inc., Action RPG): A Greek mortal must balance the rewards and the cruelty of the Gods in his quest.

WHITE TUX (One, Music Game): A lounge singer enamoured of Bryan Ferry works a dive.

LUCKY COW (Gorbals Games, Platformer): A chav ascends her council flat estate to regain a winning lottery ticket blown away by the wind.


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 Post subject: Re: NYT Best Seller summary-style game pitches
PostPosted: November 18th, 2010, 11:15 pm 
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Vinland (Heil GmB, Turn-based Strategy): Viking explorers struggle to survive in the New World.

Cargo Cult (Dateline Studios, FPS/Adventure): A Navy pilot is forced to come to terms with his past when he crashes on a remote Pacific island.


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PostPosted: November 22nd, 2010, 12:58 pm 
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OCCUPATIONAL WORK (Cheney Games, Strategy): A State Department official tries to govern a town in Madeupistan, dealing with the insurgency, the occupiers and the locals.

FLAT EARTH? (Bede Ltd., RPG): Sir John Mandeville travels across the known and unknown medieval world, mixing fact with fiction.


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 Post subject: Re: NYT Best Seller summary-style game pitches
PostPosted: November 22nd, 2010, 3:29 pm 
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RUST (GSC, First Person Adventure / RPG): A salvage mechanic from a refugee starship becomes a reluctant messiah after discovering a derelict of a huge space freighter and leading his people there.

QLIPHOTH (Betheseda, Action RPG): A creature of darkness and chaos fights a pitched battle with his angelic opposite in a mile-high city full of gnostic symbolism, with Hell at the bottom and Heaven at the top.


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PostPosted: November 24th, 2010, 8:03 am 
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SHIFTING PLANES (Crow Software, Platformer/Sandbox Explorer): An architect finds himself trapped in a world made of failed architectural models.

THE WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN (Moorcock, RPG): A German mercenary flees Munster but to save his soul he has to undertake a quest for the Devil.

SLASHERS (Erchie Games, Sandbox Brawler): A Glasgow razor-gang fight for power in the Great Depression.

TALLY HO! (Wooster Ltd., Racing): 1930's aristocrats meet Deathrace 2000 in a racing game where the cars have guns and the tracks are country estates.


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PostPosted: November 24th, 2010, 8:54 am 
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RUSTING REVENGE (Ironclad Games, Sandbox RPG): A group of space junkers plot against each other after finding their biggest claim yet.

FLIGHT OF THE DODO (Obsidian Entertainment, Spaceship RPG): A washed up naval captain fights for his life as his past comes back to haunt him.

CRATE THAT'S GREAT (Valve Software, Action FPS): A level designer must fight for his life in his own industrial warehouse nightmare.


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 Post subject: Re: NYT Best Seller summary-style game pitches
PostPosted: November 25th, 2010, 7:38 pm 
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KILLZONE 4: NEGOTIATING TABLE (Guerilla Games, Legislative/Diplomacy Simulator): In the aftermath of the failed invasion of Helghan, broker a peace agreement without losing too much for your side in the world's first ever Massively Multiplayer Online Embassy.

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KILLZONE ZERO (Guerilla Games, Colonization Sim): Go back to the beginning of the Killzone series and weather the harsh, hostile environment of Helghan. Unite the scattered colonies under the single banner of the Helghast.

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KILLZONE IN SPACE (whatever): its like killzone but in space, get it


(that's real actual official concept art for killzone btw, killzone looks better in concept art than in gameplay)


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 Post subject: Re: NYT Best Seller summary-style game pitches
PostPosted: November 26th, 2010, 6:23 am 
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COLD BLOODED (GSC Game World in collaboration with BiP Media, Survival Horror): A female hematologist stranded in a Siberian clinic is not alone.


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 Post subject: Re: NYT Best Seller summary-style game pitches
PostPosted: December 2nd, 2010, 6:27 pm 
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WILL TO WIN (International Games, RTS/RPG): Wield propaganda, bully boys and oratory to seize control of an Interwar European country.

SHAME (Sunny Inc., RPG): A Saudi Religious Policeman has doubts about his work.

ROARING ADVENTURE (Carter Ltd., Action RPG): Explore, loot, survive ancient Mayan, Egyptian and Chinese tombs as a Pulp Archetype.

A REAL STEAL (Rhodenbarr, Stealth): A suave art thief must steal against the clock to survive.

ISKANDER RETURNED (Tipoo Projects, Strategy/RTT): A Mughal Prince tries to conquer all India.


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 Post subject: Re: NYT Best Seller summary-style game pitches
PostPosted: December 3rd, 2010, 4:34 am 
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WHAT DREAMS MAY COME (Miskatonic Research Group, Survival Action): Become the descendent of Randolph Carter as you navigate the cyclopean Dreamlands, accompanied only by your ailing, mute, niece and armed with an eldritch thought-blade to kill the monstrous Abominations which bar your path.


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 Post subject: Re: NYT Best Seller summary-style game pitches
PostPosted: December 3rd, 2010, 8:45 am 
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MUDDY WATERS (Quantic Dreams in association with Filibuster Ltd. Interactive drama): Bipartisan tension rises to the surface as party press secretaries trade barbs in a deep-sea colony.


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 Post subject: Re: NYT Best Seller summary-style game pitches
PostPosted: December 6th, 2010, 7:39 am 
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STREET ORGAN(Media Molecule, platformer): Help an adorable disembodied liver find it's way back to it's owner, a swiftly dying single mother of four.


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 Post subject: Re: NYT Best Seller summary-style game pitches
PostPosted: December 6th, 2010, 9:40 am 
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HEAVY DUTY (Bullfrog Productions, Strategy Simulation): A TSA senior officer contends with a sudden influx of morbidly obese passengers.


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 Post subject: Re: NYT Best Seller summary-style game pitches
PostPosted: December 6th, 2010, 2:33 pm 
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dudeglove wrote:
HEAVY DUTY (Bullfrog Productions, Strategy Simulation): A TSA senior officer contends with a sudden influx of morbidly obese passengers.

Wow, I just had a perfect mental image of a Roller Coaster Tycoon style airport sim, complete with pixel art body scanners. You're not trying to entertain the people and bilk their money, you're trying for higher and higher "security" ratings and keeping your government contracts.


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 Post subject: Re: NYT Best Seller summary-style game pitches
PostPosted: December 6th, 2010, 3:02 pm 
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I'd work on that game.

SURFACE TENSION (Sim RPG): A young gunnery officer on a U-Boat must balance his loyalty to the mission with his increasingly dire vampirism.

DEATH CLAWS (Stealth): In the early 1900s, the last grizzly in California must evade hunters while exacting brutal revenge on campers and prospectors.

BOILING POINT (Shooter): A scorned science teacher takes it to the limit one last time when the school board dismisses him for refusing to teach creationism.


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BANANA REPUBLIC(Stealth/Puzzle/Real-Time-Strategy): After a bad game of cards, a disgraced and dept-ridden botanist is tasked by a wealthy and eccentric creditor to procure a single banana in a future in which they have gone extinct, plunging him into the secrets, conspiracies and danger of the past and present.


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PostPosted: January 6th, 2011, 5:36 pm 
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PAYPAL INFALLIBILITY (Kairosoft Co., Ltd, Management) - Ebay falls foul of the Vatican after an online transaction goes very wrong.


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 Post subject: Re: NYT Best Seller summary-style game pitches
PostPosted: January 6th, 2011, 9:01 pm 
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BRAIN FREEZE (Platformer): A snowboarder trapped by an avalanche uses astral projection to try and contact rescuers.

SALTY DOGS (Horror-mystery RPG): The mission of a salvage boat in the middle of the pacific gets complicated when evidence arises that one of the crew is a werewolf.

PROTECT AND SERVE (Mystery RPG): A secret service agent goes undercover as a waiter in order to stop a deadly plan.

FULL STOP (Cover shooter): John always had a heart of gold - even before the pacemaker. Now he's the only thing standing between EMP-shooting robots and a global blackout.

EXPATRIATE (Stealth): A former professional football player must sneak into Canada for health care.


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 Post subject: Re: NYT Best Seller summary-style game pitches
PostPosted: January 12th, 2011, 2:28 am 
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MARINE LIFE (Stealth): An ex-marine goes on a scuba diving trip and ends up lost in the ocean with only a few hours left in his airtank.


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GNARLED WOOD(Gilliam Games, Action-Adventure): A knight becomes lost in an enchanted forest.

THE LIONS (Haig Ltd., RTT): Command a Division on the Western Front 1914-18.


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PostPosted: February 23rd, 2011, 4:45 pm 
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SPOOKED (Reilly Ltd., Social): One player is the Handler, the others are Spies, but can you survive or achieve your objectives when you don't know who is a traitor and who is for real?

GOLDEN MEAT (Zanzibar Games, Management Sim): Command an Arab Slave ship ferrying African/European slaves.

RED YEARS (Grossman, RPG): Survive the Soviet Union 1917-1991.

PARSIFAL (Bede Corp., Action-Adventure): As a knight, choose between chivalry and knavery, as you quest.


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 Post subject: Re: NYT Best Seller summary-style game pitches
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BALE OUT (Gorkey Ltd., management-adventure) A man moves back to his childhood family ranch when he loses his job--will he and his family reconnect with the land and each other?


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 Post subject: Re: NYT Best Seller summary-style game pitches
PostPosted: February 23rd, 2011, 7:31 pm 
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Y(not the letter but a close approximation) What if David Lynch raped Silent Hill?


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 Post subject: Re: NYT Best Seller summary-style game pitches
PostPosted: February 23rd, 2011, 9:50 pm 
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gauss wrote:
BALE OUT (Gorkey Ltd., management-adventure) A man moves back to his childhood family ranch when he loses his job--will he and his family reconnect with the land and each other?


BALE OUT II (Gorkey Ltd., management-adventure) Manage a major blockbuster film in full stride. Can you manage the Star personality, or will he, or the crew, quit out of exasperation? Will you need to go hat-in-hand to your investors?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTihsJQHt48


BALE OUT III (Gorkey-FEDRES, management-adventure) A man tries to manage a major bank amidst the worst recession seen in 50 years, whilst suffering from hallucinations and psychopathic tendencies.


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