Hey yall, I've been playing the Mass Effect games lately, and as a fan of space exploration and related sciences, I got a kick out of the sections of the game where you get to just fly around in your space ship and examine worlds, star systems, etc. Flying up to and reading about the individual worlds somehow got me excited. The act of exploring a universe gave me that ethereal high I get when I stare at the stars at night and contemplate just how we'll one day go there... It made me realize a potential video game premise. It's a few hundred years from now, world peace is all but completely realized and now the nations of earth are all pitching in to touch the heavens. You're an explorer, sponsored by such nations. You're granted a small warp-drive ship, a hundred pounds of antimatter, and a small 4-man crew. Your mission: to set out and explore a scientifically realistic universe. That simple. You choose where you go in a factual universe, updated with the latest extrasolar planet discoveries of today, plus many, many, many fictional dreamworlds limited only by the bounds of science and imagination. You can sample the coronas of blue giants. Barely survive a close pass with a black hole. Land on planets. Swim in the oceans of ocean-worlds. Tread on the remnants of ancient alien solar-system-sized megastructure, as it drifts through space after a billion years of it's creators' extinction. You'll do all these things with both your ship and little sub-craft that you develop in transit. En-route to a system with a unique gas giant? You engineer a flying vehicle optimized for that atmosphere. Going to a world with large ice poles? Make a terrestrial vehicle, perhaps with a drill. Maybe just a drill that can swim, so you can take a chance of drilling in and finding an ocean under the ice. With the graphical horsepower of consoles and PCs today, this game would be a gem. You'll stare off the cliff on a moon to see it's father, a gas giant, occupying half the sky. You'll swim in a 1000-mile deep ocean and see, slowly coming into view, one-mile diameter jellyfish-like creatures, gracefully, peacefully, flowing through their world. You'll sweat bullets as the flier you specially engineered plummets towards the center of a gas giant, with majestic lightening bolts, hail, and super-tornadoes thrashing you about, your flier just barely hanging in there through it all, until finally, the metalic-hydrogen core is visible, veiled in the near pitch darkness from tens of thousands of miles of cloud layers above, lit only by lightening in an eternal night. The plot? Well, not much of one, not that much of a story, perhaps some vibrant background of Earth's history in the 21st and 22nd centuries, but that'd be all. You just explore. Would you play this? Why or why not? Also, if anyone wants, please, by all means, steal this idea and make this game! And let me know about it so I can play! Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image!