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4/22/13 2:19:54 AM#41
Originally posted by Draemos
Thank you. Amen.
I look at the design of many MMOs and think to myself - why aren't you making this deeper? Why does it feel like a bunch of separate rooms? Crafting in the Blue Room. Harvesting in the Yellow Room. All items will be checked at the door for contraband... Next week we open the Red Room for PvP!
But I guess it's because many so called game designers - aren't. IMHO anyway.
A challenge I like is to take a simple game (Say Ludo / Parcheesi) and make one simple change... make it different.
It's surprising how many people are "locked in" and struggle to do this. They know the game and simply cannot visualise any change. What's worse, many cannot see what effect their change will have.
Anyway... that's my hobby horse let out of the barn...
As for the challenge... a background for a character - often do - but one in particular came to mind because of the Radiac story.
(And boy I really hope no-one here remembers this character...if you were a 'victim' I am truely sorry... :-D )
In this case she really was a "Toon"... It was the closing day of the Champions Online Beta and Cryptic allowed everyone to go straight to max level. People got really creative... there was an awesome Tinkerbell I remember...and we weren't going to be keeping our toons... so have fun time... and I was in a wierd mood...
Anyway I created ...
Psycho Ex Wife.
Cryptic's character customisation is pretty good... she had high heels... a tight thigh length skirt... glasses... a short sleeved blouse... a bob haircut... and over the top red lipstick. Have a pic somewhere.
Her powers were witchcraft (naturally!) and something else annoying I don't remember.
Her background was that her husband was a cheater who had run off with his office assistant... (in reality - the guy would have run off with a bag lady just to get away....) and she was not bitter... no... not at all... and looking for a new man... a nice one this time.
So... off to the city.
And I fall in with this group. In the group is this male character who was pretty muscled and bare chested...
So I strike up the chat. It all goes well. Then I say "Are you married?"... non committed response... chat nicely... then I loose sight of him... when I catch up... I let rip.... "WHERE WERE YOU!?"... IS THAT BEER I CAN SMELL?... one of the other members of the party chimed in with "wtf dude?" and unlucily it was a female... WERE YOU WITH *THIS* HUSSY!!!? STAY AWAY FROM MY MAAAAN!
Anyway... I think I broke up about four groups that night.
Hmmm... not sure I should tell this story... I guess I can always deny it later?
Nothing says irony like spelling ideot wrong.
4/22/13 2:07:06 PM#42
Funny you'd mention that, Gyrus. My "centerfold" toon, the Fire/energy blaster Fire Bird, had several batlecry emotes I used to love using. She was a scantilly clad, buxom south american, so her keybinded emotes included "No you DI-INT!!" and "Not with THAT costume, honey!" and the like. Her actual battlecry (there was a spot for that in the info file) was "Buh-buh-buh-BURNski!" which I used a lot when about to charge into a fight.
I have a feeling there would have been a lot of tongue-in-cheek roleplay if we ever teamed. Sadly, that will never happen now.
P.S. If I were to win the lottery (like to the tune of $200 million) would that be enough to buy the rights to CoX2 and get it produced? I haven't even purchased a ticket yet, but it might affect my decision to do so.
"Well sure, the FrinkiacVII looks impressive - DON'T TOUCH IT - but I predict that within 100 years computers will be TWICE as powerful, ten THOUSAND times larger, and so expensive that only the five richest kings of Europe will own them." -Prof. Frink
5/01/13 5:01:59 AM#43
I created backgrounds for most of my characters in CoH, but it's a lot more difficult in other games, partly because you need to know quite a bit about the game's world to create a decent background and partly because characters are so similar. A lot of what spurred the backgrounds in CoH was how the characters looked. I sometimes randomly created a look then created a background for it.
FrinkiacVII, if you're interested in CoX2 projects, talk a look at the projects mentioned at the Titan network, such as Heroes and Villains and The Phoenix Project.
As for insects, what caught my fancy is a "The Fly" style scenario, but with people turning into praying mantices (for the head biting action, or is it because it's head biting during sex? :)). You can try to help stem the transformation, but you also get more powerful the more you transform. Do you kill your mates because they might become AI's at any moment and turn on you? How far are you willing to go? And no, not much research in this.