11 July, 2008
I wrote this entry ahead of time and set it to be published today. Figured I’d give people something to think about while I’m gone.
As I wrote before, I’m off visiting family without the benefit of an internet connection. That also means I’m not playing any online games. So, let’s think about what this means for most normal people.
How can we treat time away from our computers in online games?
If I were still playing WoW with a raiding guild, I would be missing a week. That’s a week of missed progression, DKP, and general participation in the guild. Now, none of this is enforced by the game itself, but rather by the guild I was in. But, what types of changes to gameplay could be made in order to allow people to not miss out just because they have to go on a bit of vacation?
One idea is to use offline time better in general, similar to the mechanics that EVE uses. This allows people to continue advancing and/or contributing even when offline.
So, what is your thought? How can people still participate in a game even while off on vacation?
(Note, I’m out of town, so if you’ve never posted before it’ll take a few days before I can approve your post. It’s not that I hate you! Not *just*. ;)