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Posted: Aug 31st 2008 12:51PM (Unverified) said

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Increase levels every 2 months? That sends a huge red flag up for me. When a game has to rely on gimmicks to keep their players then they have some serious issues.

Posted: Aug 31st 2008 2:34PM Ayenn said

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You need to go back and read as much about the current development process and the planned development process and also listen carefully to this video.

The initial launch will be at level 50. Expansions will occur in a format similar to television broadcast seasons every three to four months. In those expansions will be a 2 level increase to the initial 50 level cap.

This is not a gimmick, it is a new publishing design frame. I would agree to the gimmick accusation if the level cap were raising five to ten levels every four months. That would actually be a sure-fire formula for failure. What is being implemented, however, is not suicidal.

The dominant origin of the IP is the SG1 TV series. What they are doing is called remediation. It is the process of taking a media object and reapplying its operating principals in a different but related or similar media form. They are taking the tight episodic format from the TV series and reapplying it in an appropriate function to the MMORPG variation of the SG IP.

Gimmick? Definitely not.

Innovation? Perhaps.

An acknowledgment of current practices in MMORPG design? Definitely!

Is it WoW? Definitely not! WoW does not use the planed episodic format EQ2 or CoX does. SGW is different. Stop thinking of it as a choice between pizza and creamed spinach... its actually a choice between two different kinds of pizzas! (I chose to not eat the WoW pizza a long time ago. I prefer mine to be piping hot and fresh...)
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Posted: Aug 31st 2008 3:17PM (Unverified) said

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for now, I'd call it "ambitious" over gimmick or innovative. It's successfulness will warrent which definition it ends up with.

With this they're advertising 6-8 levels of content every year. That's -about- on point w/ most mmos. What's interesting is getting 2 levels polished and released at a time.

Stargate isn't as strong an IP as others, so this is certainly a good way to gain excitment.

Posted: Aug 31st 2008 5:53PM Ayenn said

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Again, like seregul, jp, I recommend going to the SGW website and read all the dev logs and watch all of the dev videos. The plan they have set in motion will make the prospect of their proposed episodic installments every three to 4 months very possible, and polished. It is a unique business model among MMORPGs.

In essence they are setting up a production feed that emulates a TV production pipeline schema...

As far as it not being a strong IP; I have to ask what is not strong about a 10 year run of SG1, a 5 year run of SGA, two SG1 movies, and the launch of SGU this coming year. The average viewer count of each episode after season 2 has hovered around 20 million. The demographic of which is primarily comprised of “geeks” ah-la trekie. Even if a quarter of those are gamers that’s 5 million people who will at least try the game.... It is likely that the actual gamer members are about half... If that is true your talking WoW level numbers in the first year and even more following... Explain to me how that is not a strong IP in terms of MMORPGs.

Don’t get me wrong. Though I am a fan of the franchise, I am not a fan boy. What I am looking at is the potential and the proposed business model. Really, its genius when you think about it. The only other IP as strong as this is Star Trek but the thing about Star Trek online is that it is variable in expectation is so diverse it probably will not pull much higher than 500k in subscribers. The SG franchise has a tried-and-true formula the game developers are embracing.

I’m watching this very closely because SGW potentially represents a next-gen production and maintenance model as apposed to next-gen game play (though the game play is looking to be unique).

And, as I said in the previous response:

“Innovation? Perhaps.”

That is not exactly saying that is it invocative. It is perhapse going to be innovative. Innovate is not a graduating adjective. It is a binary adjective. That means it is eater the thing or not the thing. We won’t actually know is it is innovative until AFTER it has been operational through at least three “seasons”.
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Posted: Sep 1st 2008 1:18PM (Unverified) said

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I would go with ambitious as well for now. If they start from a solid base, I don't see why they couldn't though.

Certainly helps the feeling of events pacing on I suspect. Recently we've seen other MMOs trying to give events more of a over time feel and while I certainly like most that came of it, in the end you're not really progressing all that much with them. This looks to be a nice twist.

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