Being There

Wish You Were Here, See You There (thanks Mike Martinez) is an article on the launch of There.com after a lengthy test period. There, Inc. Delivers a Brave New Online World to Consumers (thanks HomeLAN Fed) is the press release on the Sims Online-style game, with a novel-length description of the game's concept, extensive corporate sponsorship, economics (with the game's currency exchangeable for real cash), and its appeal to women.
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Re: Sweet.
Oct 28, 2003, 04:02
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Re: Sweet. Oct 28, 2003, 04:02
Oct 28, 2003, 04:02
 
Thanks for making me think of Wilco, Blue!

*pops in Yankee Hotel Foxtrot*

Wait, I missed something, what made you think of Wilco?

~Steve

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i beta tested
Oct 27, 2003, 17:42
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i beta tested Oct 27, 2003, 17:42
Oct 27, 2003, 17:42
 
There had a free public beta test for quite some time. The game seemed really popular, and the players act very mature, civil, and take the game very seriously. There was even an anti-war group that staged a demonstration march. I think they managed to create anti-war t-shirts and wore them as they marched.

There's definately a large appeal for women. My girlfriend saw the game for just a few minutes, but she seemed to really like it. The fashion aspect of the game goes a long way I guess. Plus the player models are very fun to look at. I don't think there's going to be a problem with crazed young boys overrunning the game, there seems to be a lot of safeguards towards that.

The biggest problem, I thought, was that this game really is just a chatroom with great looking avatars. But it's an inconvienient chatroom. The system specs are pretty high, but more importantly, the game drains such a large amount of system resources that multi-tasking slows down immensely. And so you're stuck focusing your entire attention to a graphical chatroom. Then there's the problem of chat logging. Stuff that people say wasn't backlogged, i think. Only in certain areas could you scroll back to see what people said. Otherwise you had to focus entirely on reading your friend's messages as it came out of their head, or you'd miss it.

But I guess "There"'s point is to recreate reality in some way. In this way, i think it succeeds. Nothing comes closer to virtual reality than There. I believe their payment model is to be very cheap to play, but it will cost you a little extra money to buy stuff in the game. Otherwise you'll just be Joe Schmo, with a pitiful wardrobe, and no home to live in.

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Second Life is better.
Oct 27, 2003, 17:35
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Second Life is better. Oct 27, 2003, 17:35
Oct 27, 2003, 17:35
 
Well, There is pretty boring... fairly sterile world, nothing to do, etc. The concept is good, but it's pretty vapid.

Second Life is like There's creative half-brother or something. The game creators basically said "here's a world... make stuff in it". They give you avatar tools (to make you look however you want), building tools (simple polygons, but you can make a LOT of things with basic shapes and sizes :), and scripting (LSL, like a cross between Java and C++).

So far, these tools have let people have a full-fledged war (people invented guns in-game, and used them on each other), a tax protest (the creators changed the way taxes were calculated, so everyone got together and marched along the Newbie Welcoming Area with shackles on their feet and big protest signs), a coupld weddings, lots of vehicles, a carnival, and so on.

It's really a REALLY fascinating game... it's had me hooked since July.

No, I'm not being paid by Second Life to tell you this... I'm just an addict

http://www.secondlife.com/

Go there... tell 'em Lordfly Digeridoo sent ya

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So much wasted potential.
Oct 27, 2003, 16:36
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So much wasted potential. Oct 27, 2003, 16:36
Oct 27, 2003, 16:36
 
For every time you have ever seen the overused expression of "chat room with pretty graphics" used to describe an MMOG... this is actually the most fitting phrase for There.

And how does it appeal to women? Why you get to play dress up while you chat, of course...

Any self respecting gamer will steer very clear of this next big flop, man or woman.

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Sweet.
Oct 27, 2003, 15:18
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Sweet. Oct 27, 2003, 15:18
Oct 27, 2003, 15:18
 
Thanks for making me think of Wilco, Blue!

*pops in Yankee Hotel Foxtrot*


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Re: No subject
Oct 27, 2003, 11:49
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Oct 27, 2003, 11:49
 
Being There? I looked, but I could not find Peter Sellers...

Alex
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And thus...
Oct 27, 2003, 11:48
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And thus... Oct 27, 2003, 11:48
Oct 27, 2003, 11:48
 
...life becomes even more confusing for the already terminally confused.

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Re: No subject
Oct 27, 2003, 11:43
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Oct 27, 2003, 11:43
 
Anyone here of the Mafia on the Sims? Well, THERE uses real bucks.. hmmmm.. possibilities..

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Re: No subject
Oct 27, 2003, 11:36
DL
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Oct 27, 2003, 11:36
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Sounds like its destined to spawn a whole new generation of young males who are adept at (ahem) one handed typing.

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No subject
Oct 27, 2003, 10:44
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Oct 27, 2003, 10:44
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and its appeal to women.

I can see it now....

"dUde! R U A 'l337 chick? WHaT R U WEArinG?"

Supporter of the "A fredster By Any Other Name Is Still The Same" fan club.

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