There is just something intrinsically cool about Hawaii. I know a lot of the islands are overpopulated, filled with crime, and a little dirty, but I never saw that while watching Hawaii Five-O. With Steve McGarret and Danny Williams, this could be like Dead to Rights meets Super Mario Sunshine. And really, you can't tell me that you don't want, maybe just once, to hear a game character say "Bookem, Danno". I know you do. Just admit it, and get it over with.
The greatest thing about the original Fugitive was the amount of ground covered. Using a cross between a racing engine and Metal Gear Solid, gamers could steer Dr. Richard Kimble through towns, mountain sides, and much more trying to escape the ensuing police (or more specifically, Lt. Philip Gerard). They can even update it, with cell phones, computers, America's Most Wanted appearances, etc. But don't base it on the newer TV series, that was just dreadful. Simply dreadful.
We've had first person shooters in the civil war, Vietnam War, Gulf War, World War (I, II, and even III), and more, but not the Korean War. Based on the Robert Altman movie, M*A*S*H the TV series followed the exploits of the 4077. In the game you could help sew people up, bark orders, and even search for missing Korean kids caught in the middle of the war. And when you're done with the main game you could take your favorite characters out for some golf, or maybe just change the men (well, one of them) into dozens of bright colored dresses. Sounds like a fun game to me.
21 Jump Street
What do you get when you combine street smarts, young cops, and a general attractive attitude? 21 Jump Street of course. Just imagine the kick ass 80's cars you could drive, the big haired women you could bed, or the drama you could stir up. Hmm, y'know, the more I think about this series I can't help but anticipate Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. But still, this can offer something that Rockstar Games won't: Johnny Depp.
McGyver is the American James Bond. While he might not have been in the same class as 007, he had dozens of dependable weapons, tricks, gadgets, and techniques. This seems perfect for videogames, since a lot of action involves proper puzzle solving and choosing the right item for the occasion. McGyver is the man for just about all adventures, and could teach Solid Snake a thing or two about fashion.
The California Highway's are full of excitement, BELIVE ME! I mean, when I was in Las Angeles for E3 there were 24 hour police chases and traffic jams you wouldn't believe. Now imagine highway patrol Officer Francis Llewellyn 'Ponch' Poncherello, and Officer Jon Baker fighting crime no matter what the speed limit is. It's not like Eric Estrada is out doing anything, and everybody loves pulling people over on motorcycles. Sounds like a winner to me. And it's California, there are more freaks (and interesting characters) there than anywhere else this side of Europe.
Thomas Sullivan Magnum is one bad mother, and instead of shutting my mouth about Tom Selleck's classic character, I thought I'd offer some ideas for a videogame. How about a Grand Theft Auto-like game, except as a P.I. searching a world for clues? I mean, this guy basically lived in the guesthouse, drank the finest champagne, and drove a cool-ass $60,000 red Ferrari. But even then, he still had a job to do, and he did it with style, and a collection of Hawaiian shirts!
I don't mean the movie, I mean the 60's British with Emma Peel (not any of the other girls matched up with John Steed). Why the Avengers? These two crime fighters were experts at hand to hand combat (especially when using a walking stick and other objects of the such), weapon based fighting, and much more. Just imagine a two player game with these two, especially as they track down some of the most interesting villains of all time. And the cars, I mean, really, THE CARS! Those cars need to be brought into this century.
This is both the strangest, and most fascinating American made TV show around. And believe it or not, it was at one time announced for the Nintendo Entertainment System. But you know, this is a series SO weird that it might actually make sense on a game system. There are more than a few memorable characters, including a log lady, a giant, and even a dancing midget that talks backwards. It's a tale of good and evil, and even featured themes found in common Square RPGs. There were only two seasons of Twin Peaks, but a game could finish the story off, just like the recent the Thing game. Oh, and be sure to check out the PlayStation 2 commercial Twin Peaks creator David Lynch made for the European audience.
Now before you tell me I'm crazy, think about all the greatness that could come out of this Steven Bochco TV series. Investigate the crime scene Resident Evil style, but every so often break into song and dance using the tried and true Parappa the Rapper controls. And if you beat the game, you can even take the roll of the Skipper, the street smart, wise cracking side kick that can do a mad amount of dance moves. Using both the GunCon2, the regular control, and the Dance Dance Revolution pad this could be one of the greatest games of all time. And how about a karaoke microphone, Sony? How awesome would that be?
Question: What classic TV shows SHOULD NOT be made into a videogame?
This isn't all that hard, I mean, there are so many TV dramas that just don't work as a videogame. Who could argue that Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman would be a fairly dull videogame? I mean, there's just something about the show that sends the hair on my arms straight up. Same goes with Remington Steele. I know that Mr. James Bond himself, Pierce Brosnan, is getting in on the games, but let's hope he has NO desire to push for this dud as a videogame. While I have nothing against the Rockford Files, I just never want to hear that theme song again. But the one I really have no interest in seeing is Star Trek: Voyager. I mean, considering that there isn't a single episode that DOESN'T deal with that borg chick (Seven of Nine), and stories often seem half-assed, I can only imagine the worst Star Trek game ever. And frankly, Star Trek games are bad enough already.