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House Renovation Contest

Posted by Jon Wood on Aug 17, 2007  | Comments

House Renovation Contest -

A while back, the developers of SOE's EQII held a contest. A little bit like the TV show "trading Spaces", some players were given the opportunity to have their character's house made over by the devs.

Personalization of the online experience is an aspect of MMOGs that many players feel strongly about. This is enabled and achieved in different ways in games, from the ability to fine tune the physical characteristics of an avatar, to the selection of the clothes and armor they wear, to the display of titles attained, to the houses, steeds and other physical manifestation of their achievements in game.

One of the ways that EverQuestII allows for the personalization of the online experience is the many items that can be displayed in a player house. Players start off with a simple one-room apartment and can progress to a five room place in which tradeskill appliances may be placed. As evidenced by player posts, house decoration threads on a forum often grow large and long and remain the most viewed threads on a forum.

The community team at EverQuestII likes to organize at least one large event a quarter, and house decoration seemed to be near and dear to many in the community. So in one of their monthly meetings with Marketing, they dreamed up the Norrathian version of "Trading Places" in which they would pick one home on each server and redecorate. Players were encouraged to submit screenshots of their houses and those of their friends, whom they deemed needed that special interior decorator's touch, and explain why they thought a renovation or redecoration was required.

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