Here’s an idea: what if old 8-bit computer games came to take over the world? What would happen? Would it be cool or horrible?
There are many ways to spark ideas, the “what if method” is one of them. So for this spark ask yourself “what if”.
- What if your game changed core or supporting mechanics?
- What if your novel was set under water (that’s the premise of David Brin’s amazing Startide Rising)?
- What if you had to remove every fifth word from your story (that’s what Jerry Pournelle did with his classic military SF Janissaries and it became a much better book for it)?
- Or simply what if something strange happened?
Oh, and take a look at the originals to the Pixels movie: