OK, so I posted some why Evoke is nothing at all like a game here.
But what would an actual game in the same theme of Evoke actually look like?
1. It would obviously be in the same style as an MMORPG. (Massively multiplayer online role playing game)
I'm not fond of MMORPGs myself because they're one long grindfest. Wander around, level up, get more powerful, wander around, find better items, level up, etc.
But MMORPGs are community based games and have a wide target audience.
2. Gameplay would probably be similar to Sim City
Sim City is an old game and even with its dated technology, you had to make moral choices. This industrial grid is generating you money, but it's causing pollution and crime is increasing in areas. So now you have to find a way to counter balance this. Build a police station nearby and have a park.
Today's technology would allow much more customization and feedback.
3. Combine the two and you get.......
Imagine contributing to your own portion of the game community. Maybe you're helping the community's energy needs. But then someone whose role is an environmentalist is being hindered by your goals. They would send you feedback for you to adjust your practices. You can choose to modify your contribution to the gaming world or ignore and build up your stats some more with your choices having consequences.
Now, an interesting question. Why hasn't this happened yet?
The Sims took off as the popular simulation game. You live vicariously through another character in a game. People seemed to like the personal touch of living a life rather than managing a city.
This is understandable. But what can happen nowadays is the vicarious living of a life that is interconnected with others in the gaming community where economics and social standards emerge naturally. This is seen in MMORPGs.
MAG for the Playstation 3 boasts 256 possible players at once. I haven't played it but read reviews. From what I understand good players gain rank and can command other players. This is a military first person shooter, but the novel idea in generating leadership in a gaming community is what is interesting here.
A good Evoke that actually feels like a game is definitely possible with today's technology. This doesn't even need to have console or PC support. This could even be made as a facebook app. It's going to need lots of quality assurance to make sure that the game is both enjoyable and enriching, but it is possible.
As is, this website is no good as a game and in order to actually attract gamers, gamer input is needed. I offer mine as a conosseur of this form of entertainment that I find far more enjoyable than just lounging in front of a TV.