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MMO concept, very different, I promise: -well, maybe not, someone's done it

NerdtendoNerdtendo Registered User regular
edited April 2009 in Games and Technology
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Turns out, there definitely is something like this, I decided to edit my OP as well to reflect the page I found. If I decide to give it a shot, I might even make a new thread about it entirely.

http://thenethernet.com/
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At least, I've never seen anything remotely like it... There are obvious issues involved, privacy being a big one, and security could also be a major issue. But my purpose for typing is purely because I thought it was a nifty concept, and because it's fun to talk about your ideas.

Before I begin, I'd like to say that I'm a huge fan of forums. I don't really post here much, but I enjoy reading what's going on. I browse around quite a bit, read articles that I find on forums, get into discussions and debates. One day, it just popped into my head, "Wouldn't it be cool if some sort of game was based around the concept of just browsing around?" It got me thinking... A toolbar plugin that acts as your interface for the game, and it also sends information back to the game's main page, which doubles as the central hub for the game. It's a fairly simple base for an interesting premise.

With a bit more brainstorming, I thought that domain names could act as countries or even planets of sorts, and the players could set up a home base in a domain (such as Penny-Arcade) and work together. Pages that are not claimed could act as a place to discover resources of whatever sorts would be available. I figured because of the nature of the game, it might be best to embrace the internet and browser based concepts, and have the resources be various files (totally virtual, of course). The resources could be used to create items that can be used (armor and weapons?), as well as build and fortify your home base.

Now, the various problems that arise aside... It sounds like it could potentially be fun if implemented well. And I'm curious if a concept like this has popped up before (seems like nothing is unique nowadays).

I'm also curious of the potential security issues. I mean, a toolbar in your browser that's monitoring what you're looking at? Sure, theoretically you could just turn it on and off, but it'd be something easy to forget. And (I'm no expert) it seems like you're pretty much asking for a key logger.

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  • AroducAroduc regular
    edited February 2009
    There's already a game like this.

    It's called Progress Quest.

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  • UncleSporkyUncleSporky Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Aroduc wrote: »
    There's already a game like this.

    It's called Progress Quest.

    So you're saying you've never run Progress Quest ever, since it is nothing like his idea

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  • AroducAroduc regular
    edited February 2009
    Aroduc wrote: »
    There's already a game like this.

    It's called Progress Quest.

    So you're saying you've never run Progress Quest ever, since it is nothing like his idea

    A game you play by running it in the background and doing nothing? Yes, they're very dissimilar.

    On a less acerbic note, he probably means something more like NetMonster... which has also already been done.

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  • UncleSporkyUncleSporky Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Aroduc wrote: »
    Aroduc wrote: »
    There's already a game like this.

    It's called Progress Quest.

    So you're saying you've never run Progress Quest ever, since it is nothing like his idea

    A game you play by running it in the background and doing nothing? Yes, they're very dissimilar.

    On a less ascerbic note, he probably means something more like NetMonster... which has also already been done.

    A toolbar plugin that is your interface? Banding together with people on the same domain? Pages where you get resources for crafting? Yeah I guess that is exactly the same as doing nothing at all.

    I never said this was an original idea but it's pretty obvious that there'd be some interaction.

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  • NerdtendoNerdtendo Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    I tried googling netmonster to no avail. I'd be interested in reading about it.

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  • AroducAroduc regular
    edited February 2009
    Nerdtendo wrote: »
    I tried googling netmonster to no avail. I'd be interested in reading about it.

    It appears to have died. It was basically a Pokemon ripoff, though sans the leveling. You put in a URL and it hashed it out to procedurally generate some -thing- (typically a monster which you could then catch or ignore). There were also bosses and treasures that you could find too. The guy developing it never got the multiplayer crap hashed out though.

    Here's the last remnant I can find, all full of broken links and crap.
    http://home.comcast.net/~shaun.hamman/Jaguar/

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  • NerdtendoNerdtendo Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Well, the problems I mentioned above could definitely define the lack of interest. If there was some way to guarantee the security, I could see it being loads of fun.

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  • UncleSporkyUncleSporky Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Someone here once wrote a plugin that let you put sticky notes on any webpage. He was testing it at the PA forums and only people with the plugin could see the notes on any given page. It was really awesome but he stopped doing it for some reason.

    Just reminded me of that.

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  • abotkinabotkin Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Sounds like it could be a cool idea. I could definitely see interest in site vs. site conflict, like PA vs. PVP vs. CAD vs. SA, etc.

    An idea as far as making it more secure: rather than having it work via a toolbar/plugin, you would go to the game page and when you want to browse the internet, it would have a link that would minimize the game to a frame with the necessary tools for the game in it, but the main browser window would then let you browse normally. That way you're always aware that it's there and monitoring where you're going, it's not something you'd have to disable when you don't want it, you'd just leave the game page (via the actual browser's address bar) or open a separate window.

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  • NerdtendoNerdtendo Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    That could work pretty well.

    The PvP conflict is definitely what would make the game interesting. Lack of conflict would be boring. I could see an issue with players that wanted to solo since they game would focus on large scale PvP.

    As for the sticky notes, that sounds pretty awesome.

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  • Randall_FlaggRandall_Flagg Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    so, would you say that in your idea, players could form a sort of gang?

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  • NerdtendoNerdtendo Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Sort of. They may even be able to use various small bladed weapons, maybe daggers?

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  • ZombiemamboZombiemambo Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    I remember something similar to this. On each web page you could plant mines and traps and other things, and I think the goal was to eliminate the other players. It was kind of "Meta-interactive", and looked really cool. I can't remember what it was called or if it was ever released, though.

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  • Jubal77Jubal77 Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    I remember a chat program back in the mid 90s that could be considered a precurser. You installed a program that basically took over the browser and each webpage was its own chat room. Came complete with simplistic avatars and the like.

    I also remember there was a game around the same time that was meant to put you in the middle of a spy thriller movie. You would sign up and you would get emails and phone calls and have to research out the mystery behind the game's story. Again I cant remember the name heh.

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  • NerdtendoNerdtendo Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Well now, found this recently, and made me think of this thread:

    http://thenethernet.com/

    Yep, been done already. Anyone seen this, tried it out? I'm still wary of the security issues. I'm also curious what they've done to deal with security issues as well. Poking around the website forums to see if anyone has brought it up.

    Well, they have an entire page dedicated to privacy issues.

    http://thenethernet.com/about/privacy

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