originals\ Jul 1, 2012 at 11:00 am

Excellent games that don't exist: Outer Rim


We knew that someone was probably going to try and come up with an answer to the Wii U's touchscreen-toting gamepad at E3 this year, and I don't think any of us were entirely surprised when this mystery copycat ended up being Microsoft, with their "revolutionary" new quasi-peripheral for the Xbox 360 called Xbox SmartGlass. Admittedly, because of the variety of different devices it has to support, it doesn't seem to be as powerful or as integrated into gameplay as it's Wii U counterpart, but that doesn't mean Xbox SmartGlass is not without it's advantages.

More specifically, Nintendo has explained that Wii U is about "asynchronous gameplay" a lot of the time, and as such, only two Wii U gamepads will ever be simultaneously supported, and this won't even be a feature out of the box. Because of how relatively simplistic the software like is, I see no reason why Xbox SmartGlass couldn't support as many devices as it needed to. Also, each Wii U gamepad is likely going to be another $100-$150 bucks out our likely shallow pockets, where most of us are already going to own a tablet or a smartphone that we already take with us everywhere.

With SmartGlass, your tablet is...not quite the controller.

So, that being said, here's what I'm going to posit to y'all: What if there was actually a game based around peripherals like Kinect and Xbox SmartGlass that was excellent and exciting, that hardcore gamers could play with their friends without feeling like assholes, that was deeply engaging to your imagination and truly honestly fun? Ladies and gentlemen, GameZone proudly presents the latest child of our boundless minds: Outer Rim.

The Short Version

You and your friends, doing this, forever, right now.

The game I'm imaging satisfies all these criteria, while also being a free-to-play MMO. It would be a space flight/combat/trading simulator where crews of all different sizes can pilot ships through the open galaxy while sitting together in the same room, looking at the same screen, and manning their positions in the cockpit or on the bridge using Xbox  Smartglass. Gameplay would be a combination of EVE Online, X-Wing Alliance, and Steel Battalion (the good ones), and the social aspect would make it a unique new kind of fun that fulfills the wishes of anyone who's ever wanted to be Wedge Antilles, Han Solo, or even Captain Kirk. Click on for the long version.

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