Friday, April 22, 2011

The Tenants Discover Video Games

It's been a cold and wet spring in the vicinity of Colson Hall, but there have been one or two nice evenings when the Tenants can gather on the front porch and watch the world go by ("the world," in this case, consisting primarily of pre-drunk undergraduates heading downtown) and wish they had some money.

The other evening someone mentioned that the kids these days seemed to like those video games, and that got the Tenants thinking about becoming rich by creating a new game. A lot of ideas were tossed around, including something called Professors vs. Zombies and Grand Theft Auto: Morgantown, but the most profitable suggestions came down to two ideas.

The first was a Facebook game called Colsonville, but we quickly abandoned that idea when we realized that this would lead to a spate of annoying status updates from the game:

Much more viable, we thought, was an attempt to cash in on the popularity of both Halo and Jane Austen by developing the next entry in the Halo franchise:

This struck the Tenants as very promising, and we immediately roughed out the artwork, as you can see, but we got a little stuck on the actual game development itself since sarcasm didn't really seem like an adequate weapon against the Covenant.

At this point, Professor Baldwin suggested that we might come up with a MMORPG (a massively multiplayer online role-playing game), and we started to talk about something called World of Schoolcraft, but it seemed to consist primarily of cross-grading, and then it started to get dark and someone mentioned pie and Professor Ballentine started talking about this island he used to have on Second Life when he was a boy and we decided to finish up our game some other day. If anyone knows how to write code, though, we'd appreciate it if you'd get in touch.

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