If I were an investor in neat game ideas, I'd take a good, long look at his terrific notion for a game.
Titanic: Honor and Glory is basically an interactive recreation of the entire ship and its five-day voyage across the Atlantic. Currently seeking $250,000 in crowdfunding, the game allows players to explore the Titanic in all its Edwardian glory. There is also a real-time segment of the ship sinking, which includes the placement of key characters from the actual event, according to memoirs published later.
I love the idea of games being used to recreate historic events as accurately as possible, allowing the player freedom to explore worlds that fire our imaginations.
This game is being made by developers and writers who are clearly gaga about the Titanic and the world of 1912. In the Indiegogo pitch, they talk about the amount of research that is going into recreating the great ship, and the city of Southampton, where it began its doomed voyage.
Titanic: Honor and Glory is a first-person role-playing game, in which the player seeks to solve a murder-mystery. But it's also a virtual recreation of a world that holds deep fascination for millions of people.
Looking at this fundraising video, it's lovely to see the corridors, dining rooms and sleeping quarters if the Titanic and, frankly, to see those places in the throes of disaster. If they get it right, I can imagine spending a lot of time poking around the ship and trying out its last hours from different starting points.
"We are creating an experience that allows the player to feel what it is like to be on the Titanic, during the voyage and the sinking," said writer and producer Tom Lynskey. He added that players will be able to "free roam the ship as it sinks in real time," and said the team is seeking to tell the story of the disaster, in which more than 1,500 people lost their lives, as sensitively as possible.
You can find out more about the project here.