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Old 07-21-2009, 08:45 PM   #1
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I have to rant here because I'm f*cking pissed off. There was a recent thread on here asking for us to give game ideas to someone who hacked a Wii. This got me thinking about an old idea for a game I had a few years back. In high school I had to read Dante's Inferno and while most of the kids hated it, I rather enjoyed it. For those of you who haven't read the book, it's actually a three part epic poem written by Dante Alighieri around 1308 titled The Divine Comedy consisting of Inferno (Hell), Purgatorio (Purgatory), and Paradiso (Paradise). Dante's Inferno is about Dante's journey through Hell which is composed of 9 layers. Each layer consists of a different group of sinners. The more terrible the sin, the further down you were in this spiraling Hell. The last layer consisted of Lucifer (the Devil), who had three heads which constantly chewed on the bodies of Judas (the Jew who betrayed Jesus), Brutus, and Cassius (the two friends who betrayed Julius Caesar).

One day after Rugby practice and a couple of beers, my teammate and I were bull****ing and thought it would be a great idea to make a video game based on this book. We imaged some bada$$ mutha bursting into Hell and fighting and killing his way to the Devil where he would behead that son of a b*tch, one head at a time. There would have to be non-stop killing and violence to keep the game entertaining, of course, and since it's only 9 layers we wanted to make the game hard as sh*t to beat. Being the lazy piece of sh*t that I am though, the idea never took off. I decided to tell the Wii hacker about the game just to see it out there, so I googled Dante's Inferno to brush up on it before pouring out ideas. Guess what is the first thing that pops up under google? Dante's Inferno Game Official Site. I sh*t you not. Apparently, Visceral Games and EA are teaming up to make this a game next year. I feel like such a dumba$$ for not doing anything with this great idea. I even had a roommate who's cousin worked for EA Sports. All in all though, I bet the game is bada$$.

So, I'm curious, how many of you have had million dollar ideas that you end up seeing in the market? Couldn't you just kick yourself for not doing anything about it?
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Old 07-21-2009, 08:49 PM   #2
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Old 07-21-2009, 08:55 PM   #3
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Old 07-22-2009, 12:33 AM   #4
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Old 07-22-2009, 12:36 AM   #6
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I thought of these a few years before they showed up but didn't do anything with the idea.

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Old 07-22-2009, 12:48 AM   #7
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I once worked in an electronics R&D company. Granted, they were mostly sensors and controllers, but I mentioned an idea for an MP3 player that would fit into a cassette cartridge so you could play MP3s on a cassette player. (back when 128MB was considered huge).

One of the engineers gave several reasons why it couldn't be done. I was a bit upset, because I didn't really agree with him on battery life, etc. I knew that people had MP3 players, and there cassette adapters already, so why not merge them?

Well, I went back to my desk and did a google search and the first return was the SAME THING I was thinkign of, except they also had the insight to include a headphone jack so you could listen without a cassette player.

There have been several other ideas, but I can't remember them off the top of my head.
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