Perhaps the biggest news to come out of Gamescom is that the Xbox One has bagged another major title. No, I’m not talking about Rise of the Tomb Raider, but Goat Simulator.
The game was originally built for PC as a joke, and is a sandbox game in which you play a goat getting thrown around the environment – clocking up more points for elaborate stunts.
In fact – not even the developers expected much from it, saying when it was released that:
“Goat Simulator is a small, broken and stupid game. I t was made in a couple of weeks so don’t expect a game in the size and scope of GTA with goats. In fact, you’re better off not expecting anything at all actually. To be completely honest, it would be best if you’d spend your $10 on a hula hoop, a pile of bricks, or maybe a real-life goat.”
But months on and the game has become something of a phenomenon – with the game selling thousands and becoming a firm favourite on Twitch and YouTube. The developers even continued to add content including an expansion pack that was a protest against Vladimir Putin.
So Microsoft has wisely tempted the developers to port it over to Xbox One.
And this makes us think: What other games could be getting the Xbox One treatment next?
1) Game Dev Tycoon
Game Dev Tycoon hit the headlines last year after it emerged that the Sim City/Football Manager-style simulator, in which you play a games development studio, had the developers put their own pirate version of the game on to ThePirateBay, but with a small change: If you were playing a pirate copy of the game, the difficulty would be much greater as your in-game development studio would struggle to make money due to piracy.
The brilliant meta-commentary on videogames development could not only find new life on the Xbox One, but also add another layer of satire, as players have to choose whether to support a platform that is not only technically inferior to its closest rival, but is miles behind in terms of sales too.
2) TwitchPlaysPokemon (and FishPlaysPokemon)
Okay, so the licensing might be difficult to get Pokemon on to the Xbox One, but why not let Xbox gamers get in on the biggest experiment in whether order can come from chaos since the Big Bang, 13 billion years ago? Hundreds of thousands of players, all on Xbox Live simultaneously, all playing the same game: Let’s make it happen!
Similarly, why not let all Xbox owners recreate the brilliance that is Fish Plays Pokemon using the Kinect camera? Point it at your fishtank and let Nemo have a go on the Xbox for once?
3) Class Struggle board game
Everyone knows that board games translate well into other mediums: Its why Battleship is the defining film of the last century. But rather than make an Xbox version of Monopoly or Jenga, why not modernise classic 1970s boardgame “Class Struggle“?
The game is apparently hyper-Marxist in tone, and in it players who are the workers must band together to beat the player who is the Capitalist, who controls everything. Its far better than the jigsaw based on the work of Immanuel Kant – which was Perpetually missing a Piece.
4) Slap Gove
There are tens of thousands of teachers out there who Microsoft could be reaching out to, and offering some form of catharsis. UsVsTh3m recently published a game called Slap Michael Gove in which you get a chance to offer corporal punishment to Britain’s former Education Secretary. Now imagine this with motion controls via Kinect – there’d be an Xbox One in every classroom.
5) Twitter Bullying
If there’s a marriage made in heaven that is just waiting to happen, surely it is between the House of Xbox Live and the House of Dicks On Twitter? Xbox Live is well known for being full of teenagers who will scream abuse and make allegations about your mother’s impropriety at you for minor infractions in games, and similar Twitter is fast gaining a reputation as a pit of despair as the trolls go out of their way to send horrible messages, upset the grieving and so on. Why not make a game that marries up the two? If Microsoft could come up with some sort of title where these two groups could face off against each other, then maybe they might leave the rest of us alone as they fight each other to finally figure out exactly who is and who isn’t a motherfucker.
What games would you like to see on Xbox One? Let us know in the comments.