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I am a programmer, so don''t think I''m a newbie w/ a good Idea. I have a great setup and Idea for a game (and a lot of documentation) that sort of resembles the Resident Evil series. I would like to know how you like it, and if not, what you would change. In short, heres the explanation: Scientists decide to take medical technology to another level and program little robots to do surgery for doctors. They wanted a way to program thousands of little organisms to do something, inject them into a human body, and let them do their work. This seemed like a great idea, so eventually (through lots of R&D) they created a serrum of tiny, microscopic robots that could be injected into someone. Because they were so small, their processor abilities weren''t very extreme, so scientists decided this: Instead of programming them what do to, program them with everything that a perfect human should have , then inject them and they will just go around fixing everything that was wrong. (OOC: Fixing everything that is wrong meaning that if you have scars they will regenerate. If you have cuts, they will heal.) The probes are uniquely designed and all worked out so that they are powered by protein. I don''t want to go into a big explanation about how they work, but I will say this: If their host has a flaw, they will fix it. Scientists tried this out on some animals and realized that they worked. Scars, cuts, bullet wounds; all were healed. The animals were even performing physically better. So the scientists moved to a deserted Island off of Africa (somewhere near Madagascar) and setup a research facility known as New Origin. The island is a jungle world that consists of one mesa on which the lab is constructed. Down below, there is two boat docks, a runway, and on a seperate island inside a bay is the powerhouse. A tram connects the research lab with three Observation Areas inside the jungle (and also the powerhouse). The island began with a large staff. People were always occupying the Observation Posts and the lab, the trams were always running, planes were always flying in and out bringing supplies from the mainland. What were they observing? The scientists realized that after the injection of the serrum into the animals, the probes would fix whatever was wrong with them, but wouldn''t stop. It would evolve them so that they became bigger, stronger, and better. Since the probes required protein, (and meat is a good source of protein), the animals evolved to hunt down other animals to eat their meat. Now, since all the animals kept hunting one another, they kept getting better and better and stronger and stronger and nastier and nastier. The containment was fairly easy. They had a lot of elecric fences that supplied enough volts to kill godzilla (or so the engineers claimed). Humans were never affected, at least, not yet. A military general heard of this serrum and decided to visit the island. After reviewing the after effects of the serrum, he talked to the scientist and made a deal. He would buy cases and cases of this serrum and inject it into his men, creating superhuman soldiers, and give the scientist a crap-load of cash. Of course he agreed, and everyone was happy. Back in the mainland, the soldiers were injected, and just as you thought, they weren''t pretty. They began to grow claws, spikes; Those who were aggressive began to get bigger and grow larger weapons like claws, antlers, horns... And those who were weak began to grow legs and eyes to run faster and hide. The soldiers weren''t coming out as the general wanted, so he went back to the scientist and had a large argument. The general wanted all his money back, but the scientist spent it all trying to come up with a reversing serrum: something that destroys the probes and trys to reverse the evolutionary effects. The general got pissed, shot the scientist, and flew back to the mainland. There, he saw that the superhuman soldiers had broken out of the base and labs and were now out in the open world. The general saw how his men were slashed, eated, and mutilated. Some were even crawling on the ground screaming and yelling, but he just stood there with his mouth dropped. (And I think you can piece together the rest) A faction of surviving mercenaries got together and decided to get all the remaining survivors that they could find. They had one mission, and it was clear: Go back to the island and find that reversing serrum. It was the only way human kind would survive. Meanwhile, the serrum was being spread and passed along with every person killed. The mercenaries had no choice. They had to defeat the monsters that the serrum created. They had to survive. Well what do you think? I have all the technical questions worked out, I just don''t want to post all of it. Please ask questions, and please give feedback. Thanks! Game Specs: Genre: 3D Action (some RPG) Purpose: Scare the crap out of the players. Literally. Languages: C/C++ and OpenGL Development Status: 13.2% complete (so far I just have the story, no code yet). Once again, I''d like your feedback. Thanks.

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Scientists decide to take medical technology to another level and program little robots to do surgery for doctors. They wanted a way to program thousands of little organisms to do something, inject them into a human body, and let them do their work.
Sorry to bust your bubble, but that''s already taken. In a little-known sci-fi book called...ummm...so little-known i can''t remember the name. Anyway, it''s about ppl who are on the moon and they make those little injectable robots (nanomachines i think they called them) and use them and sum of the nanomachines decide to kill ppl. Anyway that''s the gist of the story. My point is that i think you''d have to get some copyright stuff sorted out with them first - but once you get that done, it sound slike it''d be a seriously cool game :D

"That''s what I think anyway." - Mr Bean

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"the serrum was being spread and passed along with every person killed"
1.I don''t get how people can be affected with the serum, cause on the island the serum had to be injected or can even dead people be affected and are to be ressurected as zombies? thereby in the first testcase with animals, people in the neighbourhood wheren''t affected either.

"There, he saw that the superhuman soldiers had broken out of the base and labs and were now out in the open world. The general saw how his men were slashed, eated, and mutilated. Some were even crawling on the ground screaming and yelling, but he just stood there with his mouth dropped."
2.Ehm, There was noone who could warn the general in time, not even world news???

"Go back to the island and find that reversing serrum"
3. The general killed one scientist, what I must add quite an useless act was, you had stated that there was a large staff on the island. I don''t think the problem is finding the serum on the island but finding the island as It is loaded with scientists and staff, who are apparently are watching the undergoing of the world in horror with the serum in their hands.

I would say that the serum started cloning itself and got airborne and that everyone on the island was affected with the serum. That monsters from the island spread over the world and that the last message to the general was ,who in this case funded the whole project from the beginning, that the scientists had discovered sympthons on them and that they had began developing a vaccin against the serum. The general decides to drop elite soldiers on the island in a last attempt to get the serum.

regards,
Tazok



Economics is a subject that does not greatly respect one''s wishes.
-Nikita S. Khrushchev

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Nanotechnology is real, it just hasnt reached its goal, so you dont need a copyright licence to use (just like you dont need a copyright licence to use clonning in a game), the faws I see are

1- why would the scientists "eventualy" move to Africa? if their research is legitimate, why move away from civilization?, they cant forsee that the animals would become violent, so, I dont see that as a good reason.

2- mercenaries act on money, not feelings, the Mercenaries on resident Evil 3 where paid to find survivors, otherwhise they wouldnt be there, nor care for survivors, your mercenary would have to be a soldier, a scientist, or just trying to get out, not caring about survivors.

Other than that it sounds too much like Resident Evil (specialy Gun Survivor, the not so good one), which might become a problem since the resident evil formula has been more than exploited by capcom with the trilogy, Gun survivor, Code Veronica, and Dino Crisis 1 and 2, if I was to do a game to scare the crap out of people, I would do something like (takes hat off) Silent Hill instead.

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i hate to say it but i think that story sounds pretty cliched... and the whole mutation thing sounds a little implausible. if these robots are designed to repair hurts, and only repair hurts, why would the subjects start growing things? the consuming protein idea is not bad though, not too contrived a way to explain the aggression. as you wrote though these robots are too small to have any real intelligence; they just fix things. if they suddenly started to enhance their host to get more protein, that would seem to be quite a jump for something with no reasoning capabilies.

what i think would make a more interesting story along the same lines would be this:

it starts off the same as yours, with the scientists performing their experiments on their mystery island. They notice remarkable growth and increase in strength, health, longevity, whatever, and NO side effects. Word spreads and soon people all over the world, not just military personal, are being injected. People without hope, like cancer victims, AIDS patients, etc. A while after these people have the injections, the original animals begin to show their mutations and problems. The injected people find out and demand a cure. The player could be one such person infected, and you spend the game trying to get this reversing serem. As the game progresses you could have the player mutating, becoming stronger, but also losing their humanity.

in my opinion this would put an interesting twist on things.

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That idea I like, its different. But make the genenral infected by being attacked by one of the men, or even an animal on the way out.

Also have the mutations cool, like at one stage of the game he/she is stronger, another stage notices better hearing but has alot more hair or something of that nature. Have the micro robots become smarter as the protien eaten by them change as the victim changes.

Will brainstrom a little being a dm for ad&d will get back with some cool ideas

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I was thinking of the Island of Dr. Moreau, where something like DNA from animals was integrated into humans. These created odd humaniods.

Yeah, it doesn''t make sense that the people injected start growing things. I eat animals almost every day, but I haven''t developed superhuman capabilities. Maybe I''m eating the wrong animals.

I might stick with the nano-thing, but make the probes much more advanced. Make them self-perserving and adaptive perhaps. If the probes are self-preserving, then you can have them battle the huamn body''s immune system that results in death for many of the experiments. Your original probes were basic, but the new ones are more advanced. They progressed the technology. There is always a stretch of the imagination for things like this so don''t wreck your brain trying to figure out everything.

Perhaps you could say that some of the probes are programmed specific to an animal and they experimented with injecting probes made for animals into humans. That is how they got the mutations. The probes recognized the human counterpart of the "system" as defective and attempted to bring it up to the quality of the animal''s system. So you can inject multiple animals into one person to get various "upgrades". Perhaps then the side effect was found that they stole some of the humanity of the person. Perhaps the probes upgraded instincts (somehow) of the person and robbed them of the humanity and some abilities to thing for themselves. The military liked this factor because it made the soldiers more controlable.

OOh! Perhaps you play the part of the professor that helped create this technology and you are upset how the military is using it. You decide to stop the project and need to destroy the lab and all the information. You have various battles with enhanced beings and through the game you inject yourself with the blood of the "bosses" you defeat so you can gain their abilities. Kind of has that megaman aspect to it, but more realistic.

Perhaps the probes are smart enough to replicate themselves. There could be somewhat of a vampire effect. You draw blood from an injected person and inject it into another to give them the probes to enhance themself.

Regardless of whether a technology is possible or not, you can legally patent/copyright it. I can, for example, describe what a time machine does and patent it. Doesn''t matter if I can even build it or not. I doubt someone could prevent you from using the name of the technology in theory

Martin
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Okay, heres some more in depth information about the serrum of robots, which I should''ve posted earlier.

Each little cell consists of a heirarchy of cells. (Cells meaning one single robot). At first, the mothercells are introduced to the host and they find a blood cell (or possibly a vein, which makes more sense) to attach themselves to. After they are secure, the mothercells release a tree of cells: The largest being the collectorcells. These cells travel through the blood stream and collect protein from internal meat, the stomach contents, and the intestines. The other types of cells released are the soldiercells and the spawnercells. (these names are on the fly, because up till now I have been calling them ''cell a'', cell b'', ''cell c'', etc).

Soldiercells are to do one thing: Destroy all white blood cells and antibodies. Why? Because in reaction to a foreign substance, one of the body''s first reaction is to dispatch a platoon of white blood cells and antibodies to see what the problem it and possibly fix it (this is of course after the nerves kick in)... Anyway, the antibodies will destroy the mothercells if they have to protection, so the soldiercells'' specific job is to kill all of the bodies natural defense system.

Spawnercells are unique. They are in a way a smaller mothercell, but with only the core computer. They are the weakest, and soldiercells usually escort them. The spawnercells, once dispersed, seek out viable growing spots. They will swim around until they find a location that they can latch onto. There, they await the collectorcells to bring protein to them so that they can , get this, manufacture and smith the protein into viable components it can use. It takes a while, but soon enough, the spawnercells become mothercells.

Q: Why would the victims of an attack be infected with the serrum?
A: The antibodies of the host are gone, therefore the regeneration system (i.e. healing) shuts down. Their skin begins to decay due to collectercells harvesting the protein from their body. When the hosts attack a victim, their rotting flesh is transported to the victim. I.E., their infested blood is transferred into theirs.

Q: Why would the general just stand there?
A: This is just what would happen in a cut-scene. This event is not relevant to anything but to give the player an in-depth feeling.

Q: How the hell does it travel so fast? And where is it? Why is it in Africa?
A: Hmm, Maybe I shouldbe modifying that. Okay, here''s the remake., The scientists discover the abilitites of the animals have improved, so they decide to research it further , moving to a new location with this big Idea of selling it commercially. The island is funded by a dictator of _______(insert country here), who makes a deal with the scientists. In the end, he wants his men , and himself, injected to create a superhuman army. (Hes a dictator, what else would he do?)

Q: Is the military involved?
A: Yes. They will be purchasing the serrum BEFORE the effects are noticed.

Q: Are you on crack?
A: (no comment)

Q: Why does this sound like Resident Evil?
A: Its not supposed to, and it''s not. Don''t worry, the stuff I posted may sound familiar and stupid, but the game wont be.

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Q: Why would they grow new stuff like legs and limbs?
A: Because the cells take over the body, their only ''instinct'' is survival. Survival requires protein. If the eat the protein of the host their occupy, they will die. So, they improve the body to hunt. The better hunter the host is, the faster it will get protein. (Protein coming from the flesh of the victims)..

THis is of couse just a very, VERY mild explanation. I have it all written down somewhere, I''ve got to go find it...

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Actually growing things is the actual purpose for nano-tech, the idea is that the nano machines should be able to make copies of themselves (reproduce) and replace lost tissue themselves, for example if you cut someone''s arm the nano machines would rebuild a new arm, but not by recostructing cells, intstead they would replace the cells, so a nano machine would no longer be a robot, but a cell, kind of a bunch of smart lego pieces, well thats how I heard Nano-tech works anyway, so in this case, nanobots gone mad could indeed build an extra arm (or something else) on a soldier.

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