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TOPIC: Shakespeare MMORPG - Potential?

Shakespeare MMORPG - Potential? 8 years 9 months ago #1603

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Here are two articles on a recently developed game called "Arden Online."

http://www.technologyreview.com/Inf...
[url=ttp://blogs.guardian.co.uk/technology/2007/12/07/the_problem_with_shakespeare_in_games_there_aint_enough_monsters_and_puzzles_man.html:2rw2y4ax]http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/technology/2...[/url]

So, apparently the game sucks. No surprise, really, for as the developer says at the end of the first article, you have to start with a game, first; the primary goal has to be for the game to be fun, or it won't be playable and, as a consequence, go unplayed.

But does the idea have potential? I think it does. I think the game sounds like it was taking things to literally - how do you create an online game for a plot with a finite cast of characters? - and it may benefit, perhaps, from being more open-ended. I think they need to find a group of people that loves video-games AND Shakespeare and let them have input.

...It'd be pretty cool if PlayShakespeare was somehow involved...
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Shakespeare MMORPG - Potential? 8 years 9 months ago #1604

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Here's the link for the project:

http://swi.indiana.edu/arden/index.shtml

The problems with this project are too deep to be resolved without a bunch of money. The fact that it's PC-only just limits the potential audience for me and all my Mac-using friends. On top of that, it's built as an expansion pack to NWN, which has its own issues (not to mention it's not compatible with Windows Vista) and was likely doomed to die the moment it was conceived.
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Shakespeare MMORPG - Potential? 8 years 9 months ago #1605

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Oh, agreed, but I can't help but feel that there's potential in the idea. One of those articles I posted mentioned a sequel (or rather, a second attempt)...don't know if that was in jest or not.

Anyhow, I keep thinking that if it did not actually try to recreate the world of any individual play, but perhaps created some sort of composite world - the player is sucked into a world made up of Shakespeare's complete works, or some such thing...various in-game story events and quests mirroring the plots of plays...

There's something to like about the concept. Anyone else have any ideas for how this idea could come to successful fruition?
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Shakespeare MMORPG - Potential? 8 years 9 months ago #1607

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A far better attempt at 3D Shakespeare...

http://www10.dcccafe.com/nbc/articles/v ... eid=330607

...but not really interactive...yet.
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Shakespeare MMORPG - Potential? 8 years 9 months ago #1608

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Indeed! Wow, extremely impressive.

On a side note: an interesting model came to mind for a Shakespeare game. In fact, I was positing an idea to a friend and he was the one who noted the similarity. Anyone ever played Kingdom Hearts? A similar sort of setting may have proved interesting for Arden...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingdom_hearts
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universe_of_Kingdom_Hearts
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