4. Boardwalk Empire
Nowadays Atlantic City isn’t quite America’s playground it used to be, peppered with failed Donald Trump casinos full of dollar slot machines – but back in the roaring twenties it was an exciting hotbed of sensuous pleasures and debauchery. Nowhere is this on display more than in HBO’s historical epic: Boardwalk Empire. With googly-eyed Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson – a facsimile of real life Atlantic City political boss Nucky Johnson – the series focuses on Nucky’s trials and trevails as a corrupt politician-cum-gangster in Prohibition era America. Hehe, I said cum.
Boardwalk Empire would make for an awesome setting for a game as it gives an opportunity to explore a really unique place and time. We’ve seen prohibition-era America explored in such games as Mafia, but it would be so interesting to actually talk your way through problems. You could choose between such dialogue options as “You schmuck” “Why I oughta…” “Where’s the hooch, you dumb palooka?” and “If I had a nickel for every moral dilemna I had to face, I’d have a lotta dimes, pallie!” The player could start off as some upcoming enforcer who Nucky has taken under his wing. Like in the show, there would certainly be many moments where a fine line would have to be walked between being merely being corrupt and bending the rules, and being an outright gangster. From blowing up illegal moonshine distilleries to tense arms-dealing negotiations with the IRA, there’s no end of action-puzzling possibilities.
And best of all, Boardwalk Empire definitely fills the hot and heavy incest quotient that Telltale so scrupulously demands from its licensed properties. Aw, look at little Jimmy – he loves his mum!