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    linda07 is offline Junior Member Newbie
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    Default Essentials of a Good Online Game

    Like you all souls out there I am an avid gamer…done it all, seen it all. Right from playing tetris, super mario, ping pong and other flash games online for free to massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) with anything and everything in between, I have been part of the story as a user.

    Then I got the chance to become a developer - computer science degree (quite natural) and job with a software company, the works. This enlightened me to certain facts, like what made the blockbuster games, well blockbusters. I will share with you guys the essentials of a successful online game, played for free or otherwise. These have been a constant over the years and are likely to remain so. They are:

    They should be fun

    The basic principle which even the most scatterbrained developer would follow, but is often ignored during the zeal of getting the next level of technique. Don’t ever forget that people play games for one reason: to have fun!

    The KISS principle

    Not that ‘KISS’ silly. Just ‘Keep It Simple Stupid.’ So you are the next whiz kid on the block. Good for you! But for heaven’s sake don’t load people with complex features. Just give clean straight fun without the loops.

    Smooth Controls

    Even the blandest game can be fun, if controls are easy to master. On the other hand people won’t play the greatest game in the world out of frustration if they have to struggle with the controls. So take care.

    Graphics and Sound

    Make a good first impression. These are the first things a gamer encounters when he first logs in to play online. So make them attractive and relevant, but don’t go overboard.

    Technically sound Structure

    • Easy to use authoring interfaces.
    • Detailed Help files, sample games, and demonstrations.
    • No messy software downloads or installation requirements.
    • Options to create games from your web browser.

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    be0wulf is offline Senior Member Community Builder
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    I'm confused...what're we supposed to be discussing in this thread again?


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    true_panda is offline Senior Member Always Around
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    Quote Originally Posted by be0wulf View Post
    I'm confused...what're we supposed to be discussing in this thread again?
    I think he wants to make a tetris MMORPG

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    World of Warcraft.


























    Seriously.





































    World of Warcraft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by true_panda View Post
    I think he wants to make a tetris MMORPG
    I have awesome ideas for this game! let's team up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by true_panda View Post
    I think he wants to make a tetris MMORPG
    Haha, I wonder how that's gonna work.

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    Must Haff HAWT GURLZ



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    echoblaze is offline Senior Member Community Builder
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    @linda

    that sounds about right. i suppose i'd replace "smooth controls" with "intuitive controls", but they pretty much mean the same thing.

    a really good game - whether online or not - would also be innovative; something that's not been done gazillion times before would be nice.

    i think i might *pay* someone if they had a decent idea for a tetris MMORPG, lol

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    irecinius is offline Senior Member Community Builder
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    Quote Originally Posted by true_panda View Post
    I think he wants to make a tetris MMORPG
    There is already one.. now if I can remind the name..



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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TetriNET

    So obvious -.-;
    "Chile is a thin and tall country"

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    Make it free to play online (it we're talking solely about MMORGs) make it's expansions free too.

 

 
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