“Online games are unique. We ask people to stay for thousands of hours.
That level of commitment comes with an inescapable emotional attachment. We
count on that attachment to stay in business.
That level of attachment causes people set the same kinds of expectations
for us that they would for a spouse or significant other, as opposed to a
dispassionate company that provides a service. We’re a lot more like someone’s
fiancee than the Cable Company”
This game is just starting to sound more and more fabulous!! I’ve just listened to a podcast from the GDC 06 of Caryl Shaw’s (Producer, Maxis) talk about “Building Community Around Pollinated Content in Spore” and I’m in complete awe! I almost feel guilty for criticising The Sims Online, but I’m sure anyone would agree with me there. And I almost think they’re kind for keeping the game going as I’m sure there are only a couple of thousand players (huh…need to check up on that) since those that still are there are still passionate about it.
Keywords for the talk: technology, content, community; generative content; small file sizes; “bragging rights”, flickr inspired tagging; stories behind the objects; massively solo player game
I’m truely pumped!!
Also check out Will Wright’s talk with BBC Technology about “User-generated future of gaming”. At one point they actually talk about letting avatars roam through different gaming spaces – interesting!!