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Colors Game

Osmos-PicColors/Shells/Groups/Stereotypes/Flocking/Choices

Code Name: Piaget

That picture is a game called Osmos (It’s awesome). It spawned many similar games including a fairly popular MMO called “Agar.IO”.  The rules/physics are simple. You are one of the colored-globes (all other globes are colored based on size….Green if smaller than you, Red if bigger than you). As you move, your Globe becomes slightly smaller (as you expel Gas in the opposite direction you move).  If you come in contact with something “Bigger” than you…you die….however, if you come in contact with something smaller than you, you absorb them and become “bigger”.

So….”Piaget” = Pretentious Indie Art Game Enlightened Transcendence

I want to create a game that’s a metaphor for several “themes” that I see having to do with diversity, culture, privilege, individual vs. society, fitting-in, happiness, enlightenment etc…

I want a game that is similar to Osmosis (but instead of absorbing…you are “affected” by other Globes). Your globe is multi-colored concentric rings….with the center area being your “inner light”.  The other rings are “labels” that “define you”…but at least one goal of the game is to get your “inner light” to shine through all your layers (so that the labels in effect disappear (no longer apply)). All your inner-labels are really “attachments” that keep you from “transcending”.

Although it will never be stated in the game….the different layers will be a metaphor for

  1. Outward Physical appearance
  2. Sexuality (same, opposite, mix, etc…)
  3. Cultural Heritage
  4. Specific Family Heritage
  5. Core Talents
  6. Inner Light/Drive/Free Will/Etc…

I may combine 1-2, 3-4, 5-6 to give “3 layers” that will hopefully make the game easier to understand.

I haven’t hit on the exact rules…but…my thoughts are…

  1. You are “affected” by being “close enough” to other globes.
  2. You can exercise “Free Will” in two ways:
    1. passively, by navigating where you choose to go
    2. actively, by clicking on another “globe” and “interacting” with it (having it affect you on a more deeper level).
  3. There will be areas of the game that are also color-coded and this will affect how globes in that area are “treated”.
  4. There will be a “library” of static-Globes that one can choose to be even more deeply affected by.
  5. There will be “mini-display-screens” that show mini-globes that will also have a solid color-coded background that will also affect the player (and they’ll be allowed to click on it (to change the channel – sort-of)).
  6. Interaction with the Library or the Screens will be able to “strengthen” you…but…you won’t be able to “transcend/win” without actually being in the interactive part of the game.

At least one “goal” of the game….is to “CHOOSE” to interact with Globes outside your “comfort zone”….enough to not be “hardened” by just hanging around your own “group” for too long.

Lastly…I want to work in a “numbers” thing to hopefully model privilege on some level. Without bias, some of the external-rings-colors will outnumber other colors. (which colors outnumber other colors will be randomized each game (after you pick your “starting” globe (and/or your parent’s starting globe)). This out-numbering will be an advantage for at least the first half of the game (when the out-numbering is so severe that one color is more prominent than all other colors combined….but…as the game progresses, the out-numbering gets less and less…until it’s no longer the “majority”).

I’ve also thought about doing the whole game and calling it “Tipping Point”…and focused more on just this outnumbering change…but it may just be a “Mission type” that you can choose (if I think of other missions) at the start of a game.

———— Adding Abstract Non-Metaphor Potential Game Thoughts —————-

I think of this as possibly an Orthogonal Osmos. Instead of one characteristic (Size) we have….Color – specifically R, G and B. Three independent shells. Brighter Colors Dominate (and drain (over time) objects that are “near-enough”). Totally “drained” objects…die, while totally Bright objects….Transcend (in a white light…or they move towards the light).

Could even try a “Grid Based” (Like Life)….version of this…where you make one-move at a time. (and everyone else also moves at the same time). Move, Resolve, Move Resolve. For the real-time version it would be good to use a gradient of the full 256…but….for Grid Based maybe 5-9 gradients would be useful.

It also might be interesting to have a flag….where…your Concentric Cirlce….is either 3 separate color areas….or the whole sphere is the combined color.

I think this version is worthwhile to get up and running….just to play around with (then later on, I’ll worry about the metaphor).

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Below is my original brain-dump on this.

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Let’s call it “Groups” or “Stereotypes” or “Choices” or “Flocking”
(The longer you’re with a “group” the more you become “like” them…but you can
earn points to “choose” to be less like them). But it takes more “energy” to move
away from Groups you’re associated with….but it’s Better.

Concentric Circles….at least 3-4 that “define” who you are.
Color Based and/or Transcendant.

Aura around people that can “see” them…(is just your inner colors shinging outward).

Start by picking your parents…..and Historically Postive and Negative.

“Hardness” of outer-shell.

“Authors” area….non-physically present….but once you go to “library” and are influenced
by them…you “carry” around with you them.

Age = # of Rings.
Younger go Faster….(based on Size).

Anti-social ones that “push” you around.

Optimist/Pessimist
Religious/Non-Religious
Empathy/No-Empathy

Outer-Shell……….is fundamental for interaction….except when “enlightened” inner-shell.
Sexuality…(Match vs. Opposite………affinity for. )

Social vs. Anti-social.

Suicide.
Unhappy.
—-> Enlightenment….

Stress vs. Non-Stress.

click on “someone” else to decide how much/little they influence you.
click on “self” for hints/clues/advice and to check your own happiness levels.
Food/Energy source…….(and how it affects you).
Sleep/Recharge Mode as well. (Home/House) (Abstract).
Alcohol ???

Actions….(Movements)……….decisions……..Right Click.

Home
School
Real-World (Work)
City vs. Country.
Money.

Brains (Fed by How often you visit Library).
Physical (Fed by How often you do the minigames.)

Simulation with a goal.

I.D. Identity Dots.

Local vs. Global percentage of “people”/types.

1 Comment

  1. Unfortunately, I don’t have the full idea behind the game you would like to create. I do find the ambient theme to be very appealing, personally. There is a whole demographic of gamers who game to relax – what better way to do that than to drift around in a multi-layered, ambient world with soothing sounds and music, or soft, luminescent visualizations? I also believe that some of the actions, such as choosing parent cells and which objects to interact with, have great potential to add meaningful choice to the game.
    I would like to know more about the winning and losing states of the game and more of the mechanic actions/reactions. Overall, I believe that this game has a ton of potential – especially as a mobile or web-based application. I will be interested to see any progress that you make with this game and would be delighted to playtest it for you once it goes into beta!

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