so. it's after 2 in the morning and i'm sitting here, cold crusty coffee in the cup, thinking: damn. it's been a while since i actually wrote something worth reading. so. here goes.
travian is boring.
don't get me wrong. i like the game. i was actually ranked in the top 100 at one point before i started to get bored with it. it's just i'm not a huge rts fan. travian + darkthrone might be fun tho. but, something like that just doesn't exist. i mean, you're lucky to find a playable web-based mmog, much less one that is anything more than one dimensional.
how would you go about combining them? would combining mmogs help? web api mashup stuff is all the rage these days. wouldn't be hard. really, what would make it less boring? maybe add some sort of social software to it? yeah. i think that's it!
so. let's say, you had this thing that was pretty similar to myspace. (or pick any of those types of web sites) what would happen if, instead of just a loose theme like 'music' — what if you had slightly more niche memes? like a persistent world maybe? a fantasy world? a vampire world? arg! me hardy! pirates even! blarg!
now we have this social site that has a game attached to it. the hardcores can play and show off their 1337 skills. the casuals can hang out and chatter. add a few real-time, turn-based rules and we passive players (those of us with real lives who detest advancement through time invested rather than skill) can have a good time too.
all of a sudden we have these avatars that are these super expressive, persistent representations of self that can be competitive and yet inter-conversational at the same time.
this is something you can't do in a 'full immersion' game. it just doesn't work. when you logoff, you're gone. on the web, your profile — what you build, create or display — is persistent. it's the reason things like blogging, myspace and photo sharing are so huge. it's that killer combination of self expression, conversations and something to focus it. something like a game.
a real world equivalent? that genius who first decided to put a pool table or a dart board in a bar. how you look? what you drink? do you play? just watch? catch up on life? meet friends of friends?
yeah. we're building one of those….