First off, let me just say that ITâ€™S ABOUT TIME!!! To me a game like this is a no brainer (as is one on surgery, but thatâ€™s for another discussion). To be fair, there is another game out called Rock Manager, but it sucks big time. I was thrilled to see this one and have enjoyed playing it.
They say that the genius of the U.S. Constitution is that it was left open with the opportunity of changing it if need be. Iâ€™d suggest that the genius of this game is itâ€™s ability to be modded (is that a word?). No matter what changes you make to the game, I hope that you always keep this part in tact. Iâ€™m not a computer programmer in any way, but have really enjoyed tweaking this part of the game.
That said, below are just a few of the things Iâ€™ve been thinking about in relation to an update:
The option of having both a road manager (reduces stress) and a booking manager. Iâ€™d also like the option of having higher ranking managers who can get you even better and more high profile deals.
Larger bands with more instruments (second guitarist, percussionist, back up singers, horn section, dj, string section, etc.) However! And this is important! Adding a band member should mean a cut in pay. Instead of just keeping track of the money made by the band, I would like to know exactly how much money my specific character makes. For each new band member I add, the potential exists for a better sound and a better record, but it also means that profits are split among more people. Make a bad record and the meagre profits become that much more meagre when split among more people. This could also influence motivation.
More of the same instrument. Is there any reason why each guitar (for instance) canâ€™t come in several colors, giving you the option to purchase several of the same guitars? Most top bands have racks of instruments.
More staff. I insist on somebody else to tune my guitars and do my sound check! : ) Also, as the band gets bigger and takes on more equipment, it only makes sense that I would need to hire more roadies.
Is it wrong of me to want drugs and alcohol in the game? Hereâ€™s my argument. Some band members may need to turn to drugs/alcohol to keep them happy. The flip side is that they could easily lead to addiction, which would lead to a drop in ability, and would also lead to people missing practices and gigs. Iâ€™m not a user myself, but this addition could really add a whole new dimension to the game.
Better ways to get around. First off, there should be something between that crappy van and a tour buss. Something like a nice 15 seater van. Second, there should be several different grades of tour bus. Finally, there should definitely be a plane!
A much better touring system that includes international tours. Iâ€™d also like the option of leaving the touring arrangements (booking, etc.) up to my booking manager, leaving the band free to practice, etc. The downside of this is that weâ€™re now at the mercy of the booking manager. These guys often work their bands to death and the band ends up resenting them over it (alah Bon Jovi).
I need MUCH more in the way of merchandise. Glossy photos, key chains, more t-shirt and poster options, and a much better system for ordering. Once I reach a certain level, I really should be able to order stuff in larger quantities.
A much longer game that includes the possibility of getting into the hall of fame once youâ€™ve reached 25 years. As it is, each year goes waaaaaay too fast.
I want fancy plaques to hang on my wall once a record has sold a certain count.
Better interband relationship story lines. For instance, the chance of band members hooking up, breaking up, and splitting the band, alah Fleetwood Mac and pretty much every other band whoâ€™s ever had a female in it.
Recognition of my video. Has it been played on Mtv? How was it received?
Iâ€™d also like recognition of how many singles there are on each album. Iâ€™d further like the option of shooting a video for each single.
Just some thoughts. 8)