DGN: Emergent Behaviors spawned from - Re: [MUD-Dev] SOC: Will company sanctioned cheating hurt theMMOcommunity?

Paul Schwanz pschwanz at bellsouth.net
Wed Jun 1 23:52:27 New Zealand Standard Time 2005

Otis Viles wrote:
> On 5/30/05, Paul Schwanz <pschwanz at bellsouth.net>  wrote:

>> cease to exist.  Tracking enemy progress in an RTS doesn't
>> require a budding Jane Goodall (as another poster put it) in
>> order to be entertaining.  Instead of relying on the
>> characteristics of a tiny

> I'd argue you're suggesting a different kind of game then anyone
> is doing right now. In that context, the AI-style building of
> enemy warbands might make more sense, especially since players
> would expect to see some kind of intelligence going into things
> instead of random behavior.

No argument required.  I was definitely talking about a different
kind of game.  Of course, I didn't think that it is so different
that it couldn't appropriately be called a MUD or an MMORPG, so it
still seemed germaine to this board.  I saw nothing in the original
idea for roaming Orcs that suggested it was only intended to be
tacked onto EQII or in any way was being proposed solely toward an
evolutionary and not a revolutionary design.  I only meant to point
out that some assumptions were being made in dismissing the idea so
quickly.  A lot of great ideas never see the light of day because
designers can only conceive of tacking them on directly to what is
already out there instead of imagining a different kind of game.
Personally, I think people will eventually get tired of playing the
same game.

--Paul "Phinehas" Schwanz
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