During one of my last semesters in college we were required to take a class call Computer Graphics which tried (quite unsuccessfully) to teach us a combination of mathematics, OpenGL, and 3D rendering techniques. The class itself was horrible, but one little gem of an idea came out of it. See, the final project in the class was to team up and create some kind of demo or game using techniques we learned in class. My friend Paul and I teamed up and developed a top down shooter that, given the stringent timeline, was much less of a game and much more of 3D objects floating around a screen.
The idea itself however I found clever and unique and decided it was time to spend some time developing a proper version of our idea. Project Corndog as it is tentatively named, pits you as a freshly fried corndog who broke free from the shackles of fair food slavery in a quest to escape the state fair you were born in. Obviously it's quite a serious game with undertones of racial prejudice, immoral practices, and cheap food sold at high prices.
The game itself is a top down shooter in the style of 1942 (NES). As a delicious corndog you will have to fight through numerous enemies including hungry babies, carnies, and the corndog serial-killer himself the corndog eating champion! Other more engaging and frighteningly realistic enemies await as the only thing between you and freedom.
Project Corndog is being developed in Visual Studio 2008 with XNA Game Studio 3.1. It is currently being hosted on Google code and will be made available as an open source engine in the coming months.