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Hi. My name is Blake. I like games and shit. I study at university... writing and that jazz, though you probably couldn't tell it. Ok, shit you want to know.

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Fuck you IT staff, with your nine hour internet maintenance. Thanks to you I am in a state of unsufferable boredom, with very little to do. Which kind of disturbs me to be honest, because the internet being down should be a temporary setback. However, atm, this means that I can't submit my assignment, I can't start another assignment, I can't read my ebooks, I can't access my movie collection because it's on the network for sharing, and I can't play any of my steam games because it's decided that it won't start offline mode without the internet; and as much as I love the irony of that last one, it is frustrating nonetheless. Social interaction is currently out of the question, as most of the friends I actually want to talk to are at class, and I can't go to class, because the class I should be at now is internet studies. Jesus.

So anyway, I thought I might share with you my idea of a game that will never ever get published, because the gaming industry is a bunch of conservative cunts, who get nervous if you hint at anything more serious in theme than shooting things. Anyway, here's to wishful thinking.

Before I start, as much of a shock as this may come to you, seeing my appalling gramatical skills on here, I am actually an aspiring Author/Journalist. The reason for my shit grammar on here? It's a blog. Seriously. I'm not trying to change the world with this, I'm merely presenting my thoughts the way I think them most of the time. So if they come out incoherent and unstructured, that's because they are.

Anyway, this started as a novel, and slowly evolved into a game concept. The game is called Power of the Gods! (Working title.)

Basically, this game is a satire of religion and politics, which imagines each set of religious deities as a seperate empire. The story is simple: In recent times, Christianity is declining in popularity in recent years, and the rest of the religious entities around the world are fighting to decide who will be the next major religion, or "world power." You take the side of the Greek Gods, and play as their lackey: Hercules. It is your job to sabotage them, through smear campaigns, manipulation, vandalism, theft, and all that fun stuff.

You're job also entails more than that. It involvwes keeping the press from knowing certain going ons, getting your fellow gods to behave, and making sure information about strip club visits aren't leaked.

The game plays out like an adventure rpg, in that a lot of the game involves character interaction and puzzles, although there will be combat, it's not a main feature. It's not an open world, though there will be explorable hubs, similar to Deus Ex. I want multiple ways to tackle each situation, but I want the main emphasis to be on biting satire and humor.

The characters themselves represent what they are, for instance, the god of war (Ares, not Kratos) is an arrogant, racist and misogynist pig who doesn't care about anyone but himself, The God of Death is disgusting, vile, and repulsive, yet people have a morbid fascination with him.

The humor of the game will make or break it, naturally, so when I finish the first level on rpg maker I'll show you and let you decide for yourself. However, I'm trying to do like a South Park style humor, mixing low brow humour with satire, however not as low brow as South Park can get. There will be shock lines. For instance, Hades is a necropheliac, which leads to a group of people abusing him, and Hades trying to defend himself. They say: "You're not evil? YOU HAVE SEX WITH DEAD PEOPLE!" His response? "They're dead, they can't feel anything." There will also be video game references, where Ares is told to shape up or ship out, Zeus points to a picture of Kratos and says: "He has the ratings you know." Stuff like that.

Now, I have no illusions this game will ever get signed, and if it did, it'd be nothing short of a miracle. However, this is just a hobby of mine. So tell me what you think!



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