Today I discovered a new text-based, turn-based OSG, Oil Fight. It sounded pretty interesting: “Oilfight is an exciting online game you can play from anywhere with your web browser, competing against other players worldwide in the fight to control the world’s oil supplies. You do this by recruiting soldiers, amassing weapons, and attacking other players to steal their oil, all the while upgrading your weapons and technology.” Their registration process was less impressive.
The honor system, eh? What could possibly go wrong? Perhaps for added security they could add another check box for pinky swear. For a company so concerned with playing fair though, they sure do employ some shady practices. In Oil Fight you can choose one of 4 factions: America, Middle East, Russia, or China.
Wait a moment. Aside from the stark contrast in art style, there is something strange about the character from the Middle East. Where have I seen him before?
Oh, yes. That’s Vincent from Final Fantasy VII, after converting to Islam and swearing an oath of desaturation. OSG developers baffle me. Did they think no one would notice? Was the artist, who probably toiled for at least an hour on each of the other characters, unable to draw someone from the Middle East? And is it just me, or does the American sort of remind you of Mega Man? On the otherhand, if you don’t mind stealing art from other games, why bother drawing characters for the other factions? Why not just use Guile and Zangief? Mysteries abound.