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Mobile Armored Strike Kommand [Jun. 24th, 2013|10:54 pm]
Jerry was watching the openings to various '80s cartoons this morning, and now I am jonesing to play a game that never actually existed.

I haven't actually seen all that many episodes of M.A.S.K., and likely I wouldn't be quite so nostalgic if I had, but man, I always loved the premise of this show. I mean, watch this intro:

Is that not ridiculously awesome?!? (And also, wow, could that music possibly be any more '80s? I do not think it could. Holy crap, there's an extended version!)

Anyway, as a kid I always wanted to be able to be able to step into the world of the show (more so than a lot of other shows I liked -- maybe because it was close to our own, and I could more readily imagine being a part of the team), and this morning I was thinking about it again, and I thought -- you know, this would make a great game.

My first thought was, of course, to ponder a tabletop RPG, but there are structural things about the old afternoon cartoons (mostly the highly episodic nature and the reactive stance*) that make them not work very when the players have agency to go do anything they want. But I think you could make an excellent video game out of it.

*Not to mention the fact that none of that characters are smarter than a 10-year-old.

It would be mission-based. You get a trouble alert, and then you have to pick your team based on their capabilities. And then it would be all turn-based tactical vehicular combat with special unit abilities and mission objectives and stuff. Like, okay, I have to move this guy over here so I can use his mask's power to put out the fire and rescue that civilian, but I also need to attack that enemy or it'll get away... oh, but I can transform that vehicle to boat-mode and then it can move along the river and get into range with the energy cannon... Awesome.

Man, I can totally picture the graphics in my head! But alas, there's no such actual thing. So if anybody is ever traveling through an alternate reality and runs across a copy of this game, be sure to pick me up a copy, would you?

[User Picture]From: dcseain
2013-06-25 04:59 am (UTC)
I have no memory of that -- was it an 80s show?
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[User Picture]From: drdeleto
2013-06-25 06:10 am (UTC)
Yeah, it was a tie-in with a set of toys. They were vehicles that looked like civilian vehicles and then transformed into different vehicles (car to plane) and/or revealed a bunch of hidden weaponry. Each vehicle also had a dude with a helmet which, in the show, had unique powers. There was an annoying kid who travelled with his super agent father and always got in trouble. He had an immensely annoying robot buddy named T-Bob. From there you can probably imagine how it played out.

Edited at 2013-06-25 06:10 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: drdeleto
2013-06-25 06:05 am (UTC)
My favorite part of the show would be the best part of the game: picking the team. I loved that the show's cast was bigger than any one episode contained. And I loved thinking about how the computer would pick which agents to put on the mission.

I don't see any reason you shouldn't design and produce this game right now. Beats waiting for the alternate universe scenario.
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[User Picture]From: k8cre8
2013-06-27 12:28 am (UTC)
Well, licensing might be an issue, but, yeah.
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[User Picture]From: shirtlifterbear
2013-06-25 09:29 am (UTC)
The Hair Metal Mask Anthem!
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[User Picture]From: eto_theipi
2013-06-25 01:06 pm (UTC)


I have no conscious memory of seeing an episode of this, but a couple points in the trailer triggered a strong sense of deja vu. Particularly when Venom was mentioned. Huh.
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2013-06-26 08:49 pm (UTC)

Re: Huh

I would bet that we've all got shows like that.

One time I watched about 3/4 of the Mortal Kombat movie on cable before I realized I'd seen it before.
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2013-06-26 08:53 pm (UTC)
Some sources say Colorado, some say Nevada. All the scenery certainly looks a lot more like Nevada than Colorado. I think maybe Colorado gets in there because the seekrit base is in "Boulder Hill", and people have unconsciously conflated that with the city of Boulder...
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