Plans for an 'Experiential video game theme park and resort' have been announced according to a new web site.
Frankly, the 'plans' seem more like a vague idea, and are quite possibly the dribbly fantasies of a bedroom-dwelling teenager rather than a massive corporate inititative on behalf of Big Media, but we'll give it a shot anyway.
Game Nation, which was created by someone known only as Ruke (Oh dear... this is getting worse) says that "Visitors will become players as they step into a realistic re-creation of a world filled with myths, legends and arenas all crying out for their champion."
Is anyone else thinking of adolescent dweebs running around dressed up in costumes their mothers made pretending to be goblins, because I am? Anyway... there's more.
"As you pass through the gates, you’ll leave behind all worldly stereotypes. You’re now one of millions, all equal, separated only by your skill, wit, and achievements, which will be proven. Your experience points and score are recognized by the guardians of this domain. As players walk by, recruits are saluted and veterans are bowed down to."
Oh now come on! This is getting silly. I'm all in favour of a quick game of WoW once in a while, and I'll confess to having played Dungeons and Dragons once or twice in my distant youth, but a theme park where you get to dress up and have people bow to you because you have spent more time and money 'playing the game' than anyone else is beyond the pale. But there's still more.
"You are guided to the armory where you must select your weapon. You choose from majestic relics, whimsical hardware or advanced gear. Here your dreams and fantasies will come to life in adventures yet to be told. You will become anything you like and live out the character you create. But this is no game. It’s real! Welcome to Game Nation!"
Now we don't really want to rain on Ruke's parade, but fantasy games all have one thing in common. They are based on fantasies! As soon as you start trying to live out these fantasies in the real world they just become... well, stupid.
"I remember when I was younger and playing video games, soon after finishing a game, I would wish that world was real, so I could be part of it," says Ruke, Creator of Game Nation. "It's fantastic, that people will get to realise everything they have seen in a video game, is coming to life at Game Nation."
As far as we can tell, Game Nation has no funding, no management team besides the undeniably enthusiastic Ruke, no business plan and no location.
It really will be fantastic if this one ever gets off the ground.