|Virtual Chess 64|
For gamers who also played Chess on the side, this was their opportunity to play against either the computer AI or against each other in a video game interpretation of the old thinking man's game. You obviously never hear about Virtual Chess 64 for at least one good reason, and that would be the fact that Titus in general wasn't that successful of a game developing company. In fact, Titus was responsible for creating one of the worst games in the history of the Video Game Industry... Superman 64.
Even so, I never had a problem playing Virtual Chess 64 simply because I understood the language behind playing the game of Chess already, and I actually found some fun things about Virtual Chess. I thought it was a nice touch that the game presented lessons of past classic chess matches that featured some of the best chess players in history. That was a good move, in my opinion.
|There's a whole world out there for Chess mechanics.|
Role-Playing Games: Team Formations, Battles, Turn-Based Play
Platforming Games: Point A to Point B, Checkpoints, Collectathon, Boss Battles
4X Games: Exploring, Expand, Exploit, Exterminate
Fighting Games: (Street Fighter, Virtua Fighter, etc.), Duels
If we were to implement any combination of the features that I have mentioned above and keep the emphasis on playing a game of Chess, then I believe this kind of video game would have the potential to strike gold out on the markets. Having a game like this would motivate people to get more into the game of Chess while also giving them an amazing experience of going through levels just like any other video game. You get the proper clash of Chess and video games if you were to mold your game world around such a concept.
|Imagine this as part of the video game world!|
Chess has many, many variants to it and you don't need to look very far to find chess variants. There is a website you can check out, and it's called www.chessvariants.org. This website has all sorts of chess variants for chess enthusiasts to sink their teeth into, and some of these variants look really unique and interesting. This proposed chess video game experience could feature some of these chess variants as unlockable content for completing certain tasks in the game. Now we would like to include as many players as possible to enjoy this chess video game experience together, and I don't just mean 2 players.
|3-Player Chess: A popular Chess variant|
You can also implement what I would like to call "Clan Play" in this chess video game. You can form groups of characters in either the console game setting, or in the extended PC game setting and you can move your character along with other players and their characters through this game world looking for battles, chess matches and Mini-Games against other clans. Give the players choices.
Chess may appear to be a boring game to some people, or at least a game that's too hard to understand, but if you wrap it around fun elements and surround it with an appropriate video game setting, then you can expand the possibilities. Sometimes you just need to develop that extra oomph of imagination to get the engine started. That's probably what future chess video games need.