Idea Share: Can Video Games Come From Dreams?
Dreaming can help relax a mind, help realize fear, or even look to the future (hence the term deja vu), or even inspire an artist or writer with a project. In a personal case, a dream brought an idea for a video game.
The central theme of the game is the battle of light and shadow with a mythical twist. You were either born into the world with a connection to the supernatural, or you were given a crystal that had a ritual done to give you that said connection.
The main character (male around the age of 17-19 born without the belief and connection of the supernatural) goes to the park for a festival. He comes across a booth with a variety of crystals made into different accessories. Two pendants stand out to him: one that is a silvery shade of gray, and one that is dark gray with a cloudy pitch black center. The woman (around the same age and with heterochromia, blue and purple eyes, due to her connection to a Lilith, a creature of Jewish lore, and believed to be a succubus) explains that the crystals have a connection due to a ritual, but it is unknown what creature it is. The young man rolls his eyes and walks away.
Later, as he goes to leave, people start to run past him in a frenzy. He turns to see what the cause of the chaos is, and becomes face-to-face with a werewolf with a dark gray coat with a pitch black belly. He takes a closer look to see the crystal pendant around its neck. The creature jumps at him, but the man dodges it in time. Acting in instinct, he runs to the booth and sees the woman hiding, grabs the pendant and puts it on. He feels a surge of power and turns into a werewolf as well, but with a light gray coat. He manages to fight off the attacking creature and he flees into the night. The man changes back and runs home.
A few weeks pass before the man encounters the werewolf again. Without hesitation, he puts the pendant on again and fights as soon as his transformation completes. During the fight, time starts to slow and he hears the voice of the woman from the festival in his head:
"The war of good against evil is always inevitable. No matter who or what you are, you will find a way into the battle. And once you enter the war, you are in it for the rest of your life."
This all may sound a bit cliche. Very few games have crystals or supernatural creatures take a major role. A few games that come to mind for me after thinking about the dream are Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles, Devil May Cry, and Fable. Can you think of any more to add? Have you ever had a dream that you thought would be an interesting game? Leave a comment and share your thoughts!