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Icycalm is making an Übergame by Siskel and Ebert 01/24/2014, 10:36am PST
By which I mean he's looking for other people to make the game for him


I am the number 1 videogame and art theorist in the world, and the game will adhere as strictly as technology will presently allow us to all of my theory's conclusions.


We need every kind of game developer under the sun — and as many of them as possible. If you've ever sat through the credits of a game like Deus Ex 3 and Far Cry 2, you'll know what I mean. There is simply no theoretical limit to the number of individuals from whose contributions such a game can profit. The only limiting factor, indeed, is the skill of the director — how capable is he of motivating the team to deliver the right content? of appraising and vetting that content so that only the best of it makes it through? of integrating that content within his grand design so that it ends up performing precisely the function which he had envisioned for it instead of getting out of control and ruining the whole thing? When a subhuman says "that director's team was too big", you should translate it as "that director's skill was too low to handle a team of that size". If you've been reading Insomnia for a while you might have realized how good I am at getting the best out of people: from the numerous reviewers who started out regurgitating the same bullshit as everyone else ("this game has no gameplay!"), and who after my coaching are now able to churn out unmatched articles and reviews in a couple of hours on a regular basis, all the way down to forum contributions from individual people who come and go and leave only a single post behind them — a single post which, due to my unmatched value-appraising skills and ruthless moderating style is better and more valuable than all the hundreds and thousands of posts they have scribbled in their lives in every other forum.

Note that, once I've invited you to join, you will have to subscribe to the site if you aren't already a subscriber. This is for two reasons. 1) There will be a (hidden) subforum on the site where we will work on the übergame, because this method is superior to trying to exchange emails between dozens of people. And 2) I want to know your real name (which PayPal will give me) because I don't want to allow anonymous people to join in and take a peek at the game before I am ready to unveil it. If you prefer to work pseudonymously — via a handle, like zinger, for example — that's fine, and I will not divulge your personal information to anyone. But I will still need to know who you are because I don't want my game design leaked ahead of time, if I can prevent it. (It won't be a huge deal if it's leaked anyway, because everyone else is too lazy, untalented and incompetent to do anything with it even if they had it, but I still want to try and keep it under wraps for as long as I can.)

As regards the financial issue, there will not be any money changing hands on this project for a very long time. However, money WILL eventually come into the equation — either in the form of a major publisher taking us on and funding our project (the preferred solution, since as every real gamer knows the best games are always funded by the biggest publishers), or of an eventual Kickstarter campaign, or Steam Early Access, or episodic release of the game via Insomnia's online store, with each chapter funding development of the next one. All of this will be discussed in the game's forum at the appropriate time, as will the issue of compensation for the various contributors. The more, and the more valuable, your contributions end up being, the bigger the slice of the pie you will eventually receive.

The big prize though will always be the work itself — making NOW, what is BOUND to be made by someone at some point. Giving a swift kick to the present, and propelling it that little bit faster into the future. Creating art history, and showing the rest of the world how great art is made. With unbounded ambition, and unfettered enthusiasm.

"You'll get nothing and like it"
Icycalm is making an Übergame by Siskel and Ebert 01/24/2014, 10:36am PST
    In fact, if you aren't already a forum member you pay him to get nothing and NT by like it -- motherfuckerfoodeater 01/24/2014, 11:44am PST
    Will not generate a single screenshot. by Souffle of Pain 01/24/2014, 12:37pm PST
        That was my favorite part. by skip 01/24/2014, 1:10pm PST
            $45 to subscribe!? by Souffle of Pain 01/24/2014, 1:35pm PST
                Where was that post to that tumblr that called icycalm a con artist? by WITTGENSTEIN 01/24/2014, 4:07pm PST
           NT by Worm 01/24/2014, 4:42pm PST
                        Give 45$ to a guy wanted for wire fraud. Seems legit. NT by WITTGENSTEIN 01/24/2014, 4:58pm PST
                It would help if more games had at least one point. by Jerry Whorebach 01/24/2014, 5:13pm PST
        The other thing about the mandatory forum sub by motherfuckerfoodeater 01/24/2014, 4:03pm PST
    This is up there with Half-Life 2 mod plans. He's clearly never developed anythi NT by Jay Schilling 01/24/2014, 1:09pm PST
    That's SO sad, but makes my life brighter in comparison. Thanks for the pick-me- NT by up. Come on, weekend! 01/24/2014, 1:42pm PST
    Is he still on the lam? NT by WITTGENSTEIN 01/24/2014, 4:04pm PST
        No statue of limitations on wire fraud? NT by jeep 01/25/2014, 2:18am PST
    This sounds just like when he asked me to write for his subscription blog. NT by Mischief Maker 01/24/2014, 5:24pm PST
    Update! by Siskel and Ebert 01/26/2014, 7:00am PST
        Hi Icycalm! You FUCKING FAGGOT. NT by WITTGENSTEIN 01/26/2014, 7:42am PST
            Seriously though it takes balls to link to a forum where we've got proof you're NT by a con artist 01/26/2014, 7:43am PST
        It's hard to mock someone who's parodied themself so thoroughly. by Last 01/26/2014, 7:45am PST
            Lookout, Last! He's quoting you! by Souffle of Pain 01/30/2014, 2:41pm PST
                Re: Lookout, Last! He's quoting you! by Mysterio 01/30/2014, 4:47pm PST
                You're gonna have to put your money where your mouth is now, Caltrops. by stupid rookie 01/30/2014, 5:59pm PST
                Reminds me of a David Rees joke. by Last 01/31/2014, 9:45am PST
        On ego by A Developer 01/27/2014, 3:24pm PST
            defense of (narcissistic/external) identity does nicely by stupid rookie 01/27/2014, 4:06pm PST
        He's Molyneuxing faster than we can calculate! by EVERY BLADE OF GRASS HAS THE POTEN- 01/27/2014, 4:22pm PST
    SHOCKING DEVELOPMENTS by Siskel and Ebert 01/29/2014, 11:49pm PST
        Dinosaur Comics that are relevant by laudablepuss 01/30/2014, 12:38am PST
        While this was inevitable, the time frame is still a little surprising. by motherfuckerfoodeater 01/30/2014, 4:50am PST
            On ego, part II by A Developer 02/03/2014, 9:03am PST
        Re: SHOCKING DEVELOPMENTS by oof 02/03/2014, 8:52am PST
        FIRST CONCEPT ART! by Mischief Maker 07/26/2014, 4:27pm PDT
            Also: by Mischief Maker 07/27/2014, 11:09am PDT
            non-euclidean machetes there, Liefeld would be proud NT by Last 07/27/2014, 11:13am PDT
            I need some PHP help. (Original post.) by Ice Cream Jonsey 07/27/2014, 12:11pm PDT
                Re: I need some PHP help. (Original post.) by Mysterio 07/27/2014, 1:21pm PDT
                Maybe the mysql default charset got changed from latin1 to utf8? by Entropy Stew 07/27/2014, 1:57pm PDT
            I bet we're all so eager to see the design documents now! by skip 07/27/2014, 1:26pm PDT
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