When it comes to video games, we of the “loot-happy” stripe have to face up to the uncomfortable truth: that for all the bounty its myriad collections – the fabled “Sword of Something-or-Other” forming a devastating union with the “Plate Mail of Protection Against Stuff” – we are essentially the gaming equivalent of hoarders. Indeed, my experience with such things can be best described by my imaginary “I played Monster Hunter for two weeks, and all I got was this crappy beard” t-shirt. Yet still, we hunger for more.
Such is the promise of Artizens, a recent addition to the array of titles hoping to be Kickstarted on – well, Kickstarter. The game reminds me a bit of Scribblenauts – that hours-long exercise in ADD, allowing one to pit the Judeo-Christian God against both the Devil and Cthulu with the power of whim – partly because of the style, and partly because it allows we boys and girls of the gamescape to use that most precious gift of all: our darling little imaginations.
In the case of Artizens, said imagination manifests in the customization of gear. Aside from the standard upgrades, players can create their own look – demonstrated through Photoshop in the above video – by importing their own designs. These creations can be an object of adoration (or derision, as the case may be) through online co-op, and the developers hope to create a “trading post” feature, through which gamers can buy and sell gear.
If funded, the game will be available for PC, Mac, and Linux. So for those looking to ride into battle armed with a rainbow sword, and armor fashioned from the bones of a thousand tyrants, check out the Kickstarter page for Artizens!