I see so many posts here with people living and dying over themes. I don't get it. Sure, I love a good theme as long as it goes along with a great game. I also don't care if the theme isn't something I care about if the game plays great.
Let's review some possible themes... Without seeing or playing the games, how would Pinside react to these? For the record i like all of these games.
Let's base a pin on a comic book that wasn't really very popular that had a movie based on it, but we won't use anything from the movie. Judge Dredd
We'll make an original theme about bringing a robot chick to life and fill it with inappropriate sexual innuendo. Bride of Pinbot
How about we make another non licensed carnival themed game, but this one will have a talking dummy that insults you! Fun House
You know that show that was popular in the 60's and was resurrected by a flop movie? Let's turn that into a game! Addams Family
What if we made an unlicensed Aladdin sort of game with genies and a magic lamp? TOTAN
Monty Python's holy Grail was cool 20 years ago, let's make a game that really rips it off, but doesn't use the license! MM
I could go on for days. I think if any of these themes that a lot of us think are amazing were introduced here, they would be chastised. There are themes I'm looking forward to, but I certainly would never dismiss a game purely based on theme. I think we need to be a little more open minded. Personally, I'd rather see a non-licensed game with the licensing fees going to more game features and a better quality build.