If you have the chance to play the game “Prey” also
by Human Head Studios, they have created a bar in
Madison, WI in the beginning of the game. The main
character of Prey spawns in the bathroom of this bar.
When he walks down the hall, he finds himself in this pub.
In the bar, they have placed a Rune Arcade game which was
really fun, and a jukebox that plays authentic classic rock.
(I hope the developers got the rights to those tunes.)
The thing is, I was only in my thirties when I played the first
Rune game and loved it. On PC, it seemed that only adult players
were playing on-line multi-player which is a good thing. Rune is
too violent and grown up for young kids to be playing this game.
Really Rune was like a bar or a club in a video game and that made it fun
for adult video gamers. Many “console” video games rated M for mature more
often than not, kids are the biggest fans of those M rated video games. Few
kids ever talk about Rune probably because they don’t remember a game created
in 2000. (before they were born). I hope they have an age verification on Rune
Ragnarok (2) anyway, because kids can play the multitude of other video games
made for them, not the M rated video games.
That said, Human Head could widen the audience for their Rune games by making other
versions for different age groups. Think of Viking kids toys or possibly creating some
merchandise around Viking Russian nesting dolls. What fun could be had with little
Ragnar action figure play sets. Legos is always a possibility.