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Posted 19 February 2011 - 05:50 PM
I want to help design a "sandpark" MMO. Optional interactive story with quests and deeply characterized NPCs, plus sandbox elements like player-craftable housing and lots of other crafting. If you are starting a design of this type, please PM me. I also love pet-breeding games.
Posted 19 February 2011 - 06:46 PM
Posted 19 February 2011 - 09:03 PM
Now, here are actions which real animals do which are interesting but I haven't seen in a game:
- Modifying the environment: building a nest, digging a hole or tunnel, creating a building block or ball, building a tower. I've seen game creatures randomly pick up an object and carry it to a new location, but this is usually random, and it's the emerging pattern which would make this kind of activity interesting. And again, it would only be interesting of the animals spontaneously did these things; a mole that only dug where and when you told it to would be no better than a machine. There could also be animals which spontaneously painted or otherwise decorated objects in the environment.
- Courtship: some games have animals randomly decide to mate with other animals, but I haven't seen any complex enough to have an animal decide that it wants to impress a particular other animal, and experiments with several different types of courtship activities until it succeeds or is decisively rejected? For that matter, animals that have the ability to decide on a goal and experiment with trying to achieve that goal, for any kind of goal.
- Gathering: certainly there are virtual humans that will gather berries, wood, gold, etc. Some of them will even spontaneously decide to start gathering if you leave them standing around idle. But what about a virtual crow that gathers any shiny object it sees? How about a fantasy version of a bee which, instead of gathering nectar from flowers, went around and gathered the milk from your cows and stored it in a 'cheese comb' that you could harvest?
What else have you seen a real animal do, or could you imagine a fantasy animal doing, that would be particularly interesting?
Posted 21 February 2011 - 07:04 AM
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