Brian Blessed are the meek

Expanding thoughts on the practicality of the Wii U controller for MMOGs in the post comments, the presence of a microphone suggested the possibility of allowing voice commands, though as Melmoth pointed out shouting “bugger this!” in frustration at a boss fight might not quite have the intended result.

Mechanisms such as Rage for Warriors in World of Warcraft and Fury for Brutes in City of Heroes build up a bar as you attack or are attacked to power further abilities, but a bar on screen is a rather abstract representation of furious rage. How about if they were powered by the *actual* anger of the player, with your attacks doing more damage the louder you shouted, and taunts depending on the frequency and strength of swearing employed? Accelerometers offer further opportunities for capturing the force with which the controller is hurled aside at the peak of annoyance.

This would give the perfect difficulty scaling system. Rather than, as at present, repeated failures resulting in a downward spiral of anger, recrimination, impotent ranting on voice chat and less focus on the game precisely when most needed, the fury of the player will instead power up their character to unprecedented levels until they’re capable of one-shotting any boss.

Course it would need recalibrating for individual players, otherwise some people would be massively overpowered all the time…

6 thoughts on “Brian Blessed are the meek

  1. Melmoth

    GORDON’S ALIIIIIIII… oh wait, no, now he’s dead. That one-shot friendly fire really is a bugger, dearies.


  2. OghmaEh

    On behalf of all Canadians, I feel I must express some disappointment in this system. But only if no one else minds.

    You do? Well then, it’s no problem. I’ll just go to the back row and cheer on your rage. If no one minds.

  3. Heph

    I always wanted to have an exercise bike or a treadmill tied up to an ingame system like say, crit rate. However I think my DPS would actually kill themselves on the very first trash pack :/

    After a few months of raiding tho you could probably put together an olympic relay team from the survivors!

  4. Stabs

    Let’s just have a shouting Wii game. Screw parents and neighbours I want things to blow up when I shout at them.

    The fact that I’m a bitter former raid leader is nothing to do with this of course.

  5. Jim

    lol, I want this soooo bad! Idea of the month.

    btw, as if y’all aren’t already the most literary gaming bloggers, my security word was “Prufrock”. Taking things a bit too far?

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