Skinny Banter #1 Wrap-Up: A Conclusive Mash-Up (4/4)

A final bit of reflection on the crazy ideas and recurring themes of Skinny Banter #1: The Ultimate Game Mash-Up.

[Part four of our summary of Skinny Banter #1: Ultimate Game Mash-Up]

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Our first Skinny Banter has been an interesting community experiment, with a single concept being interpreted very differently by each contributor. Personally, it provided me with a fascinating insight into the tastes and preferences of my fellow GameSkinny contributors and shows what an eclectic community of video games enthusiasts we are building here.

Despite the variety, with a host of genres mashed up from fantasy MMOs and historical strategy games to science-fiction adventures and superspy simulators, it was especially interesting to see the common themes which arose from each discussion piece. In many cases there were calls for games with more “heart”, which provide a deeper sense of engagement through narrative and immersion.

Scale also seemed to be something which was regularly discussed; whether the viewpoint was as an individual surrounded by the world or as a god/general overseeing the realm, there seemed to be a desire for a greater level of detail. Players seem to hunger for a more complete game experience where the strings are hidden and character takes centre stage. Games with personality, verve and depth are apparently favoured over ones where the story and colour are draped across the mechanics like an afterthought.

Of the concepts laid out in our inaugural Skinny Banter, I’ve certainly got my favourites. There are a few that I would absolutely love to see find their way into reality – actually, to be fair, pretty much all of them (except Rothalack’s and Joxef’s, for obvious reasons). Perhaps the technology doesn’t quite exist to see some of the more ambitious ideas fully realised, but it is certainly encouraging to think that despite how far games have come, there is still plenty of room to grow.

Thank you to everyone who contributed and I hope to see you all again for the next Skinny Banter.


Skinny Banter #1 Wrap-Up Index

1. Worlds, Wars and Ponies

2. Japan, Warcraft and Cyberpunk

3. Spies, Trolls and Tools

4. A Conclusive Mash-Up

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Mat Westhorpe
Broken paramedic and coffee-drinking Englishman whose favourite dumb animal is an oxymoron. After over a decade of humping and dumping the fat and the dead, my lower spine did things normally reserved for Rubik's cubes, bringing my career as a medical clinician to an unexpectedly early end. Fortunately, my real passion is in writing and given that I'm now highly qualified in the art of sitting down, I have the time to pursue it. Having blogged about video games (well, mostly EVE Online) for years, I hope to channel my enjoyment of wordcraft and my hobby of gaming into one handy new career that doesn't involve other people's vomit.