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Posted: Jan 6th 2008 9:45AM (Unverified) said

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Something to add to the comedy mmo design. Maybe the game comes with some sort of mic that monitors if you are laughing or not. For example, you talk about the french taunting scene from Monty Python, maybe to win you have to make the defending or assaulting side laugh harder then you. Now sure there are a hell of a lot of ways to exploit this but I think there has to be someway to determine what is funny or not.

Posted: Jan 6th 2008 11:29AM Alarie said

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I get a good laugh all the time playing Dungeon Runners. The town people have great one-liners, and the loot has some really corny names to some of them. The quests are also titled funny.

Posted: Jan 6th 2008 12:08PM Tipa said

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Problem is that most people aren't very funny. And nothing is sadder than someone who is trying to be funny, but isn't.

And, where's the game in it?

Posted: Jan 6th 2008 12:30PM (Unverified) said

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This is not far off of what Dungeon Runners attempts to do. More precisely, it makes fun of other MMOs rather than bringing in a lot of references to comedic movies, TV, etc. There are a few woven in to WoW, to be sure (a UHF reference leaps to mind - Red Snapper, Very Tasty!), but not so many to be overbearing. Besides, what happens when the younger players see these references and have not had the nearly-mandatory-to-consider-oneself-a-geek exposure to the source? They don't get it. While I'm certainly not one to deny the world anything to do with Monty Python, it sounds like this would be a rather niche game that would be likely to exclude younger gamers.

Posted: Jan 6th 2008 10:18PM (Unverified) said

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Kingdom of Loathing anyone?

Posted: Jan 7th 2008 6:48AM (Unverified) said

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Interesting concept, but fairly unachievable.

Comedy, more than anything else, is all about the timing. A master joke teller can get a chuckle from even the most well worn gag whereas even a brilliant joke can be ruined by poor telling.

I'm not sure how a MMO could achieve the timing necessary to do this.

And forget about comedy raiding. The thousandth taunting by those french taunters would wear a bit thin. You English Kiniggets.

Ni!

Posted: Jan 7th 2008 5:38AM Jeromai said

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That's the first thing that came to mind too. Kingdom of Loathing.

Hooray for Seal Clubbers, Pastamancery and every item having some kind of built-in joke that may require an entire wiki page with footnotes attached...

Posted: Jan 7th 2008 5:38AM Jeromai said

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That's the first thing that came to mind too. Kingdom of Loathing.

Hooray for Seal Clubbers, Pastamancery and every item having some kind of built-in joke that may require an entire wiki page with footnotes attached...

Posted: Jan 7th 2008 5:39AM Jeromai said

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That's the first thing that came to mind too. Kingdom of Loathing.

Hooray for Seal Clubbers, Pastamancery and every item having some kind of built-in joke that may require an entire wiki page with footnotes attached...

Posted: Jan 7th 2008 5:39AM Jeromai said

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That's the first thing that came to mind too. Kingdom of Loathing.

Hooray for Seal Clubbers, Pastamancery and every item having some kind of built-in joke that may require an entire wiki page with footnotes attached...

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