Talking About What I Want To Do Here

Elevator Pitch / TL;DR – Milt’s Ghost Rehab wants to create and represent interesting games to further diversify The Game-O-Sphere (meaning “the widest possible definition of the Games Industry, which includes AAA studios, indie studios, hobbyists, etc.”). I believe that the types of games that most people are exposed to are quite ho-hum, and I want to help expand what people think of games.

As a human being, I want to expand the amount of agency I have by living in worlds that give me powers I don’t have in real life. I think video games have the capability to give us experiences that we simply cannot have in real life, and I think that those experience are real and important.

As a parent, I want to see games that have a lot of diversity, both in the ways we play and the people we play as/with. My kids shouldn’t only be exposed to grizzly 40-something white dudes who use weaponry to achieve their goals. That’s not because I have anything against those kinds of games, but because my kids have huge imaginations and they deserve to have them stimulated.

As someone who doesn’t have a lot of free time, I want games that require less of me. Longer games are fun, but I rarely have time to dedicate to a 60 hour game. I like games that I can visit sporadically without losing too much, or games that I can complete in a few hours instead of a few days. When I was younger, sitting in front of a TV and playing games for an entire afternoon/day was quite appealing but I just can’t do that anymore.

As someone who notices the lack of representation in media, I want games that have diverse and interesting characters. I have played enough games as the grizzly 40-something white dude – please give me more interesting characters. Please give me people who are multi-dimensional and diverse. For f***’s sake, please stop relying on tired tropes and stereotypes instead of actually exploring a character’s motivations.

Those are just a few of my wants from video games. I don’t think I’m alone in these, but I also recognize that my needs are not the needs of the many. I recognize also that there are things that I need in video games that I don’t even know I need yet. But currently, most mainstream game studios follow a formula something like this:

  1. Come up with a clever idea OR purchase/”borrow” someone else’s clever idea
  2. Spend a lot of money and make a super pretty game
  3. Get money
  4. Use money to make a slightly better version of that original clever idea
  5. Hopefully get more money
  6. GOTO LINE 4 (or, if ambitious, GOTO LINE 1)

If the end goal is always making money (which it often is, evidenced by the large number of money making schemes that get crammed into video games), then your creative output will suffer. To quote David Bowie, “I think it’s terribly dangerous for an artist to fulfill other people’s expectations.” I think that video games made from passion and truth are terribly engaging. I want to make those kinds of games myself and I want to help people who make games like that.

It might be a lofty goal, but I want everyone to make games. I think the folks who want to do that for a living should be able to do so. Milt’s Ghost Rehab is dedicated to helping create a new world where video games are actually cool again. I do not wish to contribute to the growing library of the 3-5 most replicated genres. I just want to make cool-ass video games that no one has seen before.

I just want to make cool-ass video games, and I want other people to do the same ♥︎♥︎♥︎