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Taking DDR & Singing ONLINE - The Next Big Thing?

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Recently, a wave of new games has made its way into the industry. These are the ever so popular DDR and Karaoke games, found mostly on consoles. And due to experience , these games are the most fun when played with or against other people. So I thought, why not allow players to compete online, against people from all around the world? The game would include the following modes: Dance, Singing, Freestyling, and Mixing. Players would be able to connect to each other either directly or to a server of their own. To promote spectating and competition, the maximum number of players per game would be held at 30. The only servers which will be hosted by the game company will be the data servers, which will hold rankings, global standings, and other small pieces of information regarding the players. Connecting would be made possible via a client in the game. Not all players would have to play; many can just hang around and spectate, enjoy the scenery, and provide feedback. The most difficult part of creating the game would be to allow smooth and uncut voice across the net. Players would be able to use their microphones to sing or freestyle, and the server would carry it to the room in which the players are in. As for Dancing, the 3d character models would be assigned animation sequences based on step patterns. A Dance pad would be required, and to prevent boring game play, keyboard use would not be allowed. We want players to get up and dance, not sit and wiggle their fingers. The last important part would be environments. Players would be able to choose where they would have their competitions. A series of maps would be made which would correspond to numerous personalities and styles of music. For instance, for those into freestyling, a city alley, complete with all minor details would be their best option. For those into techno, a techno club would be their for them. The game would also include a map editor from which players could create their own area. Here is an explanation of all the modes: Dance - Requires dance pad. Players compete against each other (groups of two are allowed). Based on step patterns, the 3d character model would do a different move. If step patterns are combined the moves would follow each other in easy flow (this is what we want). Points will be given for the person who can do the best patterns. However, these points will only be for reference. The audience will decide who wins. Players can provide their own music; the game will include a few bad tracks. Freestyling - Requires microphone and speakers. Players would take turns freestyling. Groups of 5 and below will be allowed. To prevent pre-written singing, the audience will choose a theme, and the player must freestyle on that topic. If their is no audience, the player can use the theme generator included in the game. Players can provide their own music; the game will include a few bad tracks. Singing - Similar to freestyling in that it requires a microphone and speakers. Groups of 5 and below will be allowed. Pre-written singing will be allowed, so their will be no need for themes. Audience chooses who wins. Players can provide their own music; the game will include a few bad tracks. Mixing audio tracks - Perhaps something to add-on later... ------ Anyways, that’s the idea! It seems to me like it has great potential. As for production, the freestyling and singing options would be made available online first. The client would be downloadable. The only thing necessary to make would be the character models and the environments, which isn’t much. There would be a free trial for 7 days made available. Otherwise you would have to purchase it online. No monthly fees. If anyone likes this idea and really wants to make it possible, please let me know, as I would be glad to work with a development team freely. The project would start small-scale but would be made popular quickly. Of course...A few months after its release EA or some large corporation would release their own.... Opinions?! Ideas?! Please provide feedback or reply if you’re interested in helping with this project. [edited by - eb__sameer on June 6, 2004 8:08:27 AM]

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Already done on Xbox with DDR/Dancing Stage. Online play and voice via Xbox Live.

And the singing games have been done on PS2 now...

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Oh damn, i didnt know they were online...

And is the ps2 one online? B/c i know many of them arent.


However, due to the widespread use of PC, people without those consoles would be able to enjoy such a game.

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The issue with a PC version is security =/
looked into it because im working into a related project

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