If we did a standard windows based game, I think it would attract more contributers.
Most of the time an Xbox 360 project and a Windows Game project are 99% the same code. If you abstract out the input mechanism there's little to no problems getting the same code to run on both platforms. That's part of why I love is so much.
Since so many of us seem to enjoy VB (.net probably), it might be worthwhile using that language? But I suppose C++ or C# are realistic possibilities too.
If you know VB.NET you would have no problems using C#. I used VB since the early 90s. I don't anticipate using it for any game development now that I've gotten into XNA Game Studio and C#.
In other thoughts: It would be nice if we could make a 3D game, perhaps with some contribution from Sadistic Penguin and his legendary 3D engines. But on the other hand, 3D is hard because of the modeling needs.
I much prefer 2D, partially for the reason you state here. I can make do with programmer art until the very end. That's hard to do with a 3D game.
Whatever we make, I'm thinking, RPGs are going to be unrealistically lengthy to make, because such games are typically more content than code.
I was thinking maybe an old-school MUD where the levels are mostly procedurally generated.
Perhaps some kind of space game? 3D graphics will be much easier with a space game because of the simpler colour palette and lesser level of detail.
Easier for you perhaps.
There was a multiplayer space game I used to play a lot years ago called Subspace that might be pretty cool to do a remake/clone of.
Also we don't all need to be programmers in the project. So if some of us don't know the language of choice, it doesn't matter. I would say from my little games, that my time was distributed like this: maybe 20% was thought & design & working stuff out // 30% graphics // 30% programming // 20% testing & playing.
Since my programmer art makes programmer art look good I'd be useless 30% of the time.
One of Bryk's
game ideas might be nice. I don't want to mention it here in open forum because he told me about it in private. But if he agrees, we could do that. (the blunt one
Maybe he'll be nice enough to share with me.