Someone should make a game about: Birmingham New Street Station

September 25, 2019
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Hello, and welcome to our new series which picks out interesting things that we’d love someone to make a game about.

This isn’t a chance for us to pretend we’re game designers, more an opportunity to celebrate the range of subjects games can tackle and the sorts of things that seem filled with glorious gamey promise.

I’ve never heard a train station described as “hell on earth” as frequently as Birmingham New Street Station. After its redevelopment a few years ago the station turned into something that’s great for shopping and bad for catching trains, and travelling stress – whether it’s at an airport or a train station – is one of the great equalisers, unifying people across nations and languages through mutual dislike. New Street offers fertile ground for this dislike through a system that requires you to cover quite a lot of ground in a short amount of time when changing trains, as well as a concourse divided into ‘lounges’ which were meant to make access clearer but somehow do the exact opposite.

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