[MUD-Dev] Where are we now?
the_logos at achaea.com
Mon May 7 07:35:59 New Zealand Standard Time 2001
On Sun, 6 May 2001, Greg Munt wrote:
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Matt Mihaly <the_logos at achaea.com>
>> Sorry to point out the obvious, but gee man, that's what most
>> popular entertainment has been about throughout history in
>> basically every culture. Sex and violence permeate not only most
>> popular entertainment, but also most great literature. Granted, not
>> explicit sex for the most part, but sexual tension is an extremely
>> common theme, and for good reason. Everybody can relate to it.
> Sex and violence. Popular entertainment? Of course. What people
> really want? Not sure. As an easy example, let's look at
> movies. Action movies are popular. Big explosions. Special
> effects. WOW. KABOOM. Lots of corpses. Naked romps across the
> screen. Oh yeah. Popular, alright. There can be no disputing
> that. Oh, you want plot too?
I'd say it's definitely what people in generally really want.
>> Hey, but you don't have to worry if the majority of users are after
>> a game you're not interested in authoring. Do an interesting,
>> smaller project that will attract a few thousand people. There are
>> a lot of on-line gamers out there, and number of them that are into
>> MUDs of whatever kind is only going to grow. My strategy with
>> Achaea has always been to try and work on providing experiences
>> that the bigger, more mass-market games, either cannot provide or
>> are not willing/experienced enough to provide them. They don't have
>> to be "better" or "worse" experiences. They just have to be
>> different, and hopefully intersect with the interests of a niche
> Simply for comparison purposes, how many ppl are on Achaea at the
> same time, on average? You may not choose to answer, but I'll ask
> anyway: what's the minimum number of customer's you'd need to
Oh, Achaea peaks at about 200 people online. I don't know how to
answer your question about minimum number of customers because how
much a customer pays varies from $20 to about $8000 (so far). Some
players are never customers. We could easily support Achaea on half
our number of players though.
>> Yep. Thus the need for people willing to do smaller projects that
>> don't require the backing of people whose vision is constrained by
>> their corporate masters.
> Is your vision not constrained by your customers? See my post on
> "Innovation restrictions".
Yes, but my point about filling a niche is that there's a very wide
range of content that can attract customers. There's a considerably
less wide range of content that you'll have success convincing your
boss at Behemoth Corp. to let you make.
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