Raph Koster says that augmented reality games like Pokemon GO are MMOs

Want some justification that the time you’re spending on Pokémon GO and Ingress isn’t pointless? The creative brain behind Ultima Online and Star Wars Galaxies sticks up for these newer titles, saying that these augmented reality (AR) games are actually just the latest evolution of MMO virtual worlds.

Raph Koster points out that players are merely becoming the avatars that they used to control in MMORPGs: “With smartphones, we tend to think of ‘the client’ as meaning the little screen we stare through to catch a Pokémon. But that’s not accurate. Take a look at the list of permissions that the game asks for. That’s not a self-contained app. That’s your whole life. You are fully an avatar. Pokémon has your email, and can send emails for you. Pokémon knows everywhere you walk. Pokémon can connect to your car. Pokémon knows who your friends are.”

Koster points out how other aspects of MMOs are spilling over into AR games, including player vs. player combat, real world economy impact, and a user-generated world. He has some words of caution about how these games should be handled and perceived but also exalts in the joy that they’re bringing to users.

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Those were the times! :)

What do you think is possibly hindering for more people to use memes/gifs?
Except when SC & Mr. Smart are involved… :/

I mean, by now the image implementation is easy enough, except when there are more and they get cutoff.

Really, the need of adding a mandatory character to the comment with the image?! o.O

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Still very much a writers forum, which is preferable as too many memes spoil the pot imo;) Hirku made a hand crafted one today that was really good . Your children of the corn :P was great as well, love to see original content like that

Cheers ,
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*even more people

Or are there still bugs for the mobile version?

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never posted from a phone, seems like it would be very hard to edit images on such a small screen.

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I believe the “choose your own adventure” format would work in and amongst the threads here at MO. My holdup is that i dont have a writers mind for stories , This link was a revelation to me, so much so i went out and bought the “Cave of Time” book to read and study…

http://samizdat.cc/cyoa/

If some one could craft a story(stories) with multiple endings both good and bad and offer some kind of reward at the end of each story line and then that reward could be parlayed into some form of mmo persistence (world map and territories is what i had envisioned) the stories could be mapped through out the 1000+ pages(linked to comments as pages change each day)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Choose_Your_Own_Adventure

players could choose their route by upvoting their choice and there would be a visual record of that vote. (closing the vote every 24 hour period or so)

Thats a very rough outline and needs a writer to really get it off the ground

nice talking with you

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Wow, this sounds amazing! :D

Sadly, I’ve also not been pricked by the figurative quill, and I don’t know anyone with such talents either (only watched sometimes RPers from afar :) ), but I would certainly be one of the first to try it out!

But couldn’t we try ask someone from MOP (it would actually increase traffic/ads revenue for them)? With Eliot and Larry as such involved RPers, they could certainly know people with storytelling skills, who are also MOP fans (and of yours! ;P And maybe you know them too for a long time from the comments. But how could you know, if not by asking?) as well, that could pique an interest in helping you writing this awesome idea out! Or would you prefer to keep it in the down low for now or be even a surprise for them when everything is in its place? (No need to answer, just ideas)

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miol

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Approached Bree, asked her to kick it around.She seemed supportive but that was the last Ive heard about it.I believe it would be beneficial to the site in terms of page views, interaction , dwell time on the page etc. A writer from MO would give it a real shot and legitimacy as well.Will keep mulling it around , the MMO aspect after the story has concluded eludes me at this time , something has to remain persistent as the stories change (if they ever get written at all:(

Thanks Miol for your input, maybe if this thing ever comes to light I could persuade you to illustarate a few pages?…:)

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Thanks Miol for your input, maybe if this thing ever comes to light I could persuade you to illustarate a few pages?…:)

It would be an honor! /bow

the MMO aspect after the story has concluded eludes me at this time , something has to remain persistent as the stories change

Maybe a MOP MUD? MUD housing even? ;P
Isn’t there a very popular open source SDK out there flying around? Shouldn’t be that hard from a technical point, not?
Or everyone gets only a personal and single MUD “trophy”/”memento” (e.g. a rabbit’s foot key chain from one the deceased characters of one story) room linked to, that you maybe can expand into a mansion with 10 bedrooms, if that’s the direction that you were thinking…
Would maybe involve a more descriptional writing skill instead, poetic nonetheless! ;P

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like your thinking :), i will consult the “oracle” to see if any visions come to light;p

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