This proposition is a spin-off from another which is going to take me some time to put up as it involves some technical work. Anyhow, IMO, this one is no less significant & meritorious.
Title of Proposal
Creation of a mini-game within the WOA called Name That Airport;
Premise for the Mini-Game
Current main game focuses on & celebrates planes, arrivals, departures, connections, routes, etc. Airports, their layouts, buildings, features, etc, despite being superlative in their own right, have been all but relegated to a secondary status, not being glorified & promoted on the same scale;
Airline CEOs (aka “players”) think that they know their airports. They don’t! Not the way this mini-game will reveal!
Foundational question: “Would I have been able to identify that airport from that screenshot if that player had themselves not named it in their comment?”
Deliver top-class entertainment;
Test to the limit the players’ creative & cognitive genius;
Celebrate WOA’s airports in general;
Generate, in particular, an abiding appreciation and regard for the physical and aesthetic aspects of an airport and its constituent elements;
Make the main game even more immersive, entertaining & educational than before;
Players submit one or more snapshots of a PART of an undisclosed WOA airport;
On the basis thereof, other players attempt to identify the airport;
A double-headed leaderboard records the achievements of both the questioners & the repliers;
Ranking of players is on the basis of, for the questioners, as to how few repliers, if any at all, succeeded in identifying the airport correctly, and for the repliers, how long a streak can they maintain at recognizing airports correctly;
In addition to leaderboard honors, top three players on both sides get rewarded with golden planes;
An entry must compulsorily contain at least an element of identifiability in relation to the airport (not so obvious as to be termed a dead give-away but also not so obscure as to be dismissed as a non-starter) so as to preclude right from the start the argument that that screenshot could’ve been of any of the 8 airports currently playable;
The winning replier has to cite what that element of identifiability was, failing which their reply wouldn’t be acknowledged;
The admn of the WOA, or a separate admn for the mini-game, would vet the screenshots for admissibility in the light of the guidelines above, and post only the admissible ones;
The same admn would be the arbiters in case of a dispute, and their judgment would be final;
While screenshots of extraordinary sights generated by glitches/bugs would be admissible entries, deliberately edited pics wouldn’t. A player found guilty of manipulating a pic could be suspended from the contest for days/weeks/months depending on the seriousness of the violation and/or the frequency with which it’s committed.
So, do you think that this is going to be a piece of cake, easily done & disposed of, & boring to the bone? Then think again! Here are some of the variables with which the pic-takers/questioners would be playing, and the repliers trying to figure out:
i. The already significant number of airports currently playable, with more on the way;
ii.The number of cam positions at each airport;
iii.The dual functions of each of the cam modes;
iv.The number of airplane cams, taken twice (plane on the ground & plane airborne);
v.The number & location of pax & cargo terminals in play, varying from player to player;
vi.The number of Terminal Extensions and the associated stands in play, varying from player to player;
vii.The type of stands (S, M, L & X) in play, varying from player to player;
viii.The periods of the day (morn, mid, a-noon & eve) & night, and the resulting light effects;
ix.The weather conditions (sunny/bright, overcast, rainy) and the way they make parts of an airport look different;
x.Bugs/glitches that may have yielded pics that may make an airport unidentifiable even from a panoramic view, let alone from just a portion of it.
I think that you might be getting me!
So, devs, if this sounds as a feasible & worthwhile project, please slot it in the queue at a not too down-the-road spot. Who knows, it may even become as popular as the main game, if not exceed it!