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Question Everything: Game Intro

TimothyTierlessTimothyTierless ColumnistM, ORPosts: 2,163Member Uncommon

Continuing with my question everything theme, lets question MMORPG intros. What we are used to seeing is some sort of cut scene, some sort of “we’re relying on you, the heroest of heroes, the hero other heroes look up to”. Then the game loads, your standing in a starter zone, and you walk 5 feet to the quest giver (they reminds you the world is on your broad heroesque shoulders), snag it, then kill 5 rats-like only a hero can.

So, what can CU do better?

I had a few ideas on my blog but frankly I'm more interested in hearing some of the ideas from the community:
http://www.mmorpg.com/blogs/Xobdnas/052013/25086_17-Question-Everything-Game-Intro

Comments

  • ShakyMoShakyMo BradfordPosts: 7,207Member
    You get crap games with flashy intros
    e.g. swtor, d3

    You get better games with simpler / cheaper intros
    e.g tl2 compared to d3

    You get games which don't bother and still sell a ton
    E.g. gw2, minecraft, terraria

    Money spent on intros is almost always money that could be better spent on the actual game
  • TimothyTierlessTimothyTierless Columnist M, ORPosts: 2,163Member Uncommon

    I really liked the GW2 intro. Like I say in the blog. I was raised poor, we didn't have fancy stuff, but with some creativity we made the stuff we had great. I don't want a game to spend a pile on an intro that you see 1 time per character, but with some creative solutions you can have a memorable intro without lots of cost. One of my favorite "special effects" in pro wrestling is the lights going off. When they are off you know something cool is about to happen, when they come on you get a surprise. Low cost, hell it saves power, but that doesn't matter the impact and effect are still powerful.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slT4EBZuGTA

  • AeanderAeander Walker, LAPosts: 523Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by ShakyMo
    You get crap games with flashy intros
    e.g. swtor, d3

    You get better games with simpler / cheaper intros
    e.g tl2 compared to d3

    You get games which don't bother and still sell a ton
    E.g. gw2, minecraft, terraria

    Money spent on intros is almost always money that could be better spent on the actual game

    Wait, what? The first personal story quest of Guild Wars 2 is a great intro.

  • TimothyTierlessTimothyTierless Columnist M, ORPosts: 2,163Member Uncommon


    Originally posted by Aeander
    Originally posted by ShakyMo You get crap games with flashy intros e.g. swtor, d3 You get better games with simpler / cheaper intros e.g tl2 compared to d3 You get games which don't bother and still sell a ton E.g. gw2, minecraft, terraria Money spent on intros is almost always money that could be better spent on the actual game
    Wait, what? The first personal story quest of Guild Wars 2 is a great intro.

    I hate the personal story, I make my own stories in MMOs, but I loved the intro.

  • GyrusGyrus Lost City of ZPosts: 2,329Member Uncommon

    Tierless,

    "Question Everything" = a good idea for a good series... my suggestion to you is to contact MMORPG.com and ask if they would be interested in actually paying you for a column?  Your writing style could use a little work... nothing a good Editor couldn't help you with.

     

    Anyway, to the topic:

    As this is a PvP / RvR game I suggest throwing the player straight into battle as the starter zone...

    Against Bots.... but bots from the other realm(s)

    Intro: The screen starts with a dream... a nightmare...the veil ripping (your idea - intros the lore nicely) sounds of battle...alarm...

    The character wakes...to the sound of battle and alarm!

    Intro leads player through how to equip a weapon and then they can go outside to see a raid in progress... there are enemy in their village!  they must fight (intro tutorial)... then the fighting stops as the raiders leave.

    The damage and destruction is shown

    Then the player is urged to repair weapons (crafting intro)

    Then the other realm attacks (advanced fighting tutorial)

    The second raiders leave (the village is almost wiped out)

    Then the player must scout (Veilwalker/stalker optional tutorial and scouting tutorial for others)

    They find a combined force plotting against them about to attack the village... they get back but too late...the attack is underway... they can fight if they choose but their village is wiped out and they flee to the hills....

    Fade out as the players character treks through snow... fade in in the game walking at some random point in their realm's territory.

     

    Points:

    -no mention of "You are the Hero!"

    -no killing rats

    -simply fighting tutorials

    -crafting tutorial

    -scouting / veil tutorial

    -the player learns who the enemy are

    -the player has motivation to fight them

    -the player knows some lore

     

    Nothing says irony like spelling ideot wrong.

  • TimothyTierlessTimothyTierless Columnist M, ORPosts: 2,163Member Uncommon


    Originally posted by Gyrus
    Tierless,"Question Everything" = a good idea for a good series... my suggestion to you is to contact MMORPG.com and ask if they would be interested in actually paying you for a column?  Your writing style could use a little work... nothing a good Editor couldn't help you with. Anyway, to the topic:As this is a PvP / RvR game I suggest throwing the player straight into battle as the starter zone...Against Bots.... but bots from the other realm(s)Intro: The screen starts with a dream... a nightmare...the veil ripping (your idea - intros the lore nicely) sounds of battle...alarm...The character wakes...to the sound of battle and alarm!Intro leads player through how to equip a weapon and then they can go outside to see a raid in progress... there are enemy in their village!  they must fight (intro tutorial)... then the fighting stops as the raiders leave.The damage and destruction is shownThen the player is urged to repair weapons (crafting intro)Then the other realm attacks (advanced fighting tutorial)The second raiders leave (the village is almost wiped out)Then the player must scout (Veilwalker/stalker optional tutorial and scouting tutorial for others)They find a combined force plotting against them about to attack the village... they get back but too late...the attack is underway... they can fight if they choose but their village is wiped out and they flee to the hills....Fade out as the players character treks through snow... fade in in the game walking at some random point in their realm's territory. Points:-no mention of "You are the Hero!"-no killing rats-simply fighting tutorials-crafting tutorial-scouting / veil tutorial-the player learns who the enemy are-the player has motivation to fight them-the player knows some lore 

    Thanks, I'm having fun pretending to know how to write. Right not MMO is kinda getting the milk for free without having to buy the cow, but sadly that milk isn't quite at it's peak. Maybe if I get good at this they will offer me something someday, no matter, I'm having fun and it's all about entertainment to me.

    I think this:
    -no mention of "You are the Hero!"

    -no killing rats

    -simply fighting tutorials

    -crafting tutorial

    -scouting / veil tutorial

    -the player learns who the enemy are

    -the player has motivation to fight them

    -the player knows some lore

    Is an excellent list. Reminds me a bit of how EVE starts you off.

  • p4ttythep3rf3ctp4ttythep3rf3ct Austin, TXPosts: 120Member

    Maybe an intro that is like your starter zones in games of today, you know, that teach the basics.  And when you finally learn everything and you seem to be getting on your path to herodom when all of a sudden BOOOOOM the Veil is pierced, screen goes black.

    You awaken in the middle of the battlefields, not a safe area, though maybe near the safe area.  The rest you just have to figure out through interaction and lore.

    That's just, like, my opinion, man.

  • SpeelySpeely Seattle, WAPosts: 861Member
    No intro. Sandbox style you are NOT the hero, gritty, dark, thrown into the mix gameplay intro if anything. Instant message that you have to earn glory if you want to experience it.
  • TigsKCTigsKC Kansas City, MOPosts: 145Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Gyrus

    -no killing rats

    Not sure if it belongs with the introductory sequence, but I would love to see CSE release a CU trailer at some point that pokes fun at the "Kill 10 Rats" PvE quests as an effort at genre differentiation.

    The worst was the multiple times WoW had me picking up dog poop!

  • ZinzanZinzan NorthPosts: 1,351Member
    Originally posted by TigsKC
    Originally posted by Gyrus

    -no killing rats

    Not sure if it belongs with the introductory sequence, but I would love to see CSE release a CU trailer at some point that pokes fun at the "Kill 10 Rats" PvE quests as an effort at genre differentiation.

    The worst was the multiple times WoW had me picking up dog poop!

    Yeah, Im sure the "kill x players" will be really innovative, or perhaps the more innovative no tasks whatsoever.

    People in glass houses and all that.

    Expresso gave me a Hearthstone beta key.....I'm so happy :)

  • TigsKCTigsKC Kansas City, MOPosts: 145Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Zinzan
    Originally posted by TigsKC
    Originally posted by Gyrus

    -no killing rats

    Not sure if it belongs with the introductory sequence, but I would love to see CSE release a CU trailer at some point that pokes fun at the "Kill 10 Rats" PvE quests as an effort at genre differentiation.

    The worst was the multiple times WoW had me picking up dog poop!

    Yeah, Im sure the "kill x players" will be really innovative, or perhaps the more innovative no tasks whatsoever.

    People in glass houses and all that.

    Yeah, that kind of quest would be pretty worthless.  Aren't you excited that CU will not have any of that nonsense?

    Realm pride + home/keep defense > killing rats

    Not sure about the stability of glass houses, but, yes, I am looking forward to the building system.  Looks pretty cool so far!

     

     

  • BenezettaBenezetta Wakeman, OHPosts: 84Member Uncommon

    There's nothing wrong with killing rats - in CU we might be able to skin them and make little leather gloves!

    I don't care what they do for an intro.  All I know is I want awesome music at the log in screen.  Something that gets my blood pumping cause I know excitement is coming.

  • TaldierTaldier Camp Hill, PAPosts: 235Member Common

    Since there is a fairly complicated story right now, the opening intro to the game would likely involve a lore dump of some sort.  Thats not really a bad thing either as long as its done well (i.e. dont bore players as if youre reading the lore from a textbook).

     

    After that, the tutorial area should just be a class based walkthrough, perhaps with some trainer explaining your class and its skills while the game also provides you with basic instructions on the UI.  Then maybe you have the option to fight against some other new starting characters from other realms long enough to familiarize yourself with combat.

     

    And of course that should all be skippable for players who already know what they are doing and just want to get to the action on a new character.

  • zeroumuszeroumus edmonton, ABPosts: 54Member
    i think people expect an intro of some sort,   but I would not blow too much money and time on it,   more important things to focus resources on
  • EasymodeXEasymodeX No, VAPosts: 149Member

    The "question everything" tag is rather annoying, but the topic is interesting enough.

     

    Personally I want a series of cutscenes / story.  However, I think that the sequencing of the presentation should be different.

     

    1.  Run launcher.  Launcher has a checkbox for "SKIP INTRO ??".

    2.  Log in.

    3.  Launch game.

     

    4.  Startup/intro is a long multi-minute [CG] sequence that serves as the actual intro.  You can skip it by hitting ESC or spacebar or whatever if you didn't select to skip it on the launcher.

     

    This intro gives a background on the Veil and the basic outline of wth the 3 realms are and why they're there.

     

    5.  Server / realm / char select.

     

    6.  [For new chars]: short realm-specific intro cutscene / dialogue welcoming "a promising new realmcitizenperson/class", etc.  I think this piece should be impersonal.  "YOU ARE THE HERO?"; not really.  The game should introduce you as part of your realm, not as a lone wolf solo hero.  This is not a single player game.

     

    Edit: If I recall correctly, MJ said something about using a DAOC-style battleground (non-instanced) as an intro island for new characters / new players.  The "new char" intro sequence can introduce players via that mechanism.

  • ShakyMoShakyMo BradfordPosts: 7,207Member
    I misunderstood above, I thought topic was about thoose flashy intro movies mmos have. Those are a waste of money.

    personally I like the idea of a planetside 2 approach for cu. Just drop the new player smack in the heart of the biggest battle on the server. A thrilling baptism of fire
  • TimothyTierlessTimothyTierless Columnist M, ORPosts: 2,163Member Uncommon

    "A thrilling baptism of fire" I like that. Start with a lore/history vid, see yourself falling from some sort of veil portal thing, bam right into the biggest battle.

  • TaldierTaldier Camp Hill, PAPosts: 235Member Common
    Originally posted by Tierless

    "A thrilling baptism of fire" I like that. Start with a lore/history vid, see yourself falling from some sort of veil portal thing, bam right into the biggest battle.

    LOL, it sounds entertaining... but that has to be the best way possible to drive away new customers.

     

    "Now lets see.. how do I move around.. ok great thats easy.. all these people fighting though.. whats going on? omg Im dying.. which abilities are attacks?!?!  I didnt even get to set up any hotkeys yet!  crap Im dead.."

     

    EDIT: and LOL if you think of it from the perspective of the poor crafter characters if they started the game that way:  "anybody want a pair of gloves?  wait no.. no stop.. dont put that sword there.. aughhhhhhhhhhh!!!!".

  • tleartlear Toronto, ONPosts: 142Member
    Maybe you get to play witha  super cute puppy for 5 mins then a dirty hib shows up and kills it?
  • TasarocaTasaroca durhamPosts: 16Member

    want an intro that puts a shiver down your spine  and make you want to log n and one that wount ever bore you :-p

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyo30JmuLKQ&feature=endscreen&NR=1

     

    now how many names do you recognize from that :-D i see 3 that i know  and have played with :-)

     

    keep it simple but make it touch your soul :-)

     

     

    Tasaroca Troll ( I am not a buff bot damit) Shamy

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