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September 7, 2013


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I believe that Minecraft is the future of massive multiplayer games, and I'm surprised that none of the big developers/publishers have cottoned onto it yet.
They look at Minecraft and think its success is down to its business model, or to its blocky, retro charm.
It's not.
It's down to the fact that you get out of it what you put into it.
With a MMORPG, there are pre-scripted quests. With Minecraft, you set the quests yourself or others.
User created content is the key. All you have to do is provide the players with the tools to build.

There are two types of gamer: wall builders and wall breakers.
Wall builders are the ones that spend an age in an RTS game getting their base just right. They play SimCity and act as Dungeon Master during an RPG.
Wall breakers are the type to follow the mission brief. They get set a quest and they follow it. They're the Call of Duty crowd and they're never more happy than when they're making progress through a game world.
If a title existed that allowed the former to create content for the latter to play through, with all the trappings of a big title like World of Warcraft, you'd have a killer game. One that would never run out of content.

They were talking about a possible online version of Fallout a little while back. My dream version of this game would be akin to Minecraft: There are no missions. You are simply ejected into the wasteland and told to fend for yourself. Players would gather to build villages and scour the environment for resources. Stories and narrative would be born purely of this player interaction, not pre-scripted missions.
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Wall builder here, damn straight. a Fallout where you build your life would be cool. But I sense more than enough of people would be stuck with a corrugated aluminum sheet pushed against a bus than building something like Megaton or No vac.
Forlocks Sep 16, 2013   Traditional Artist
You haven't caught onto this new Fable game have you?
 Somebody plays the DM and controls the monsters, 4 other players play the group.
Crowbarofjustice Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
i really don't like Minecraft
not just because of the game itself but how cheap its developers are
when minecraft officially released they didn’t really add anything meaningful to the game.
they just slapped on a garbage hunger mechanic to give people the illusion that they care about making the game immersive, and paid mod developers to include their mods in the final game. I like the idea of minecraft of how you can shape the world and set your own goals of what to accomplish, but i think that the motivation and desire to make a great game out of minecraft disappeared when its popularity exploded. And my visions for minecraft becoming a great, immersive game that inspires creativity faded away.

maybe after minecraft styled games become popular and more developers get into it, like in Windborne, the game i dreamed about before can become a reality, eventually.
EtherealGaming205 Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The legal rules for creating mods for Minecraft is this: You can make them, but if Mojang thinks it is a good idea, they can add it to the game. NO ONE WAS PAYED FOR THEIR MOD TO BE ADDED. 
Also, I do agree that Minecraft's popularity has caused half the players to be 6 year olds on Pocket Edition that don't know what the computer version is, but that does not take away from the experience! It just gives more chance to give out sick burns. (Some kid said I was hacking when I killed him, because I could "see him even though he was invisible." He was wearing armour.)
One of the reasons I like playing Furcadia, it's a user created content driven system.
FloridianPirate Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
that would be awesome. minecraft sucks me in whenever i play it! ill sit there for hours on end! i love games where you get to build up things yourself, create and manage (simcity, sims, state of decay, black & white, etc.), specialy when you can do all this in an open world with friends.
the description he gives in this is exactly why I backed a game I found a while ago on Kickstarter called TUG. no scripts, rpg freeroaming do what you will game in progress owo ~leaves convinient link for anyone curious~ (developing team of tug)
EtherealGaming205 Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I backed it too. Can't wait to see more!
oh gawd, yes yes and all the yes, I can't wait till this is playable, I got beta access and bought the thaumic whisp bonus, because THAUMCRAFT<3
EtherealGaming205 Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YAY!!! Have you seen TC4? Direwolf has been playing it. O.O AWESOME.
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