Well, I guess it’s official. Emergent Gameplay is the term for unintended uses of items or mechanics in MMORPGs.
Player Made Books In Everquest 2:
I found the term on Tradeskill Perspectives, a blog by “Domino” who in her (?) own words:
Currently, I manage all aspects of the tradeskill systems within EverQuest II, as well as assisting with general content design. Opinions expressed in this blog in no way reflect those of SOE, and are strictly my own, etc. etc.
She (?) stated one example of emergent gameplay in EQ2 was that players were using the new player made books as building blocks to build structures.
Runes of Magic:
I remember when guild castles were implemented. Being like a house instance that you could decorate with furniture, but having an outdoor courtyard, some guilds were building giant staircases reaching up into the sky using the bookshelf item. It was quite fun.
I’m also currently trying to herald a petition to get player made books into Runes of Magic(without much luck).
What other emergent gameplay have you noticed?
I’ve never run across anything in WoW to speak of, but I did come up with my own semi-alternate use for books in Everquest 2.
Sony Online Entertainment could possibly build a marketing campaign from something along these lines.
If they used the player made books to cross over between people who read the printed real life books and people who play Everquest 2.
Take an upcoming print book and “print” a sample chapter pre-release only in-game using the player made books to attract fans of the books to play the game and attract people who play the game to read the books.
Depending how successful the marketing of this is, SOE could make it a campaign like “Kids Need To Read” which could get parental support or cooperation.
There’s also always a possibility to have a partnership with publishers to publish pre-release sample chapters of other author’s fantasy work.
I love emergent gameplay. It’s a challenge reminiscent of game testers who look for bugs in games. After forming this post, I definitely want to jump into WoW and RoM to specifically look for more emergent gameplay.