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THis game may not be a MMORPG in the traditional sense but has quickly been known as MSOG- Massively Single Player online game.
Will Wright, creator of the sims titles through the years, unveiled this game while giving a speech on the topic of cost in MMORPGs and how to reduce them. I'll post some links but the basic idea is this:
He ask a room, what if we made the players develop their own game. At first it looked as if he was just using some graphics to explain his concepts... Then people started realizing this was a game.
The point if all this? All of the content was user created, not drawn by an army of animators, using math to fill in the blanks. A central server is to be put into place in which EVERYTHING you make is uploaded. the game can dynamically download contend MADE BY OTHERS to fill out your world, universe. He stressed that ever plant house being city and world would be available for download.
The size of each creature- 1k, uncompressed 5 megabytes! This allows for massive content libraries to be made again by the players themselves.
I just wanted to bring this game just unveiled last week (unfinished).
Now to the links:
This site features podcasts (downloadable blocks of broadcast that can be listened to on ipods or your computer) if you listed to day 3 a man sitting a few feet from will wright recounts the whole event in detail for an hour. http://www.gamingsteve.com/
Be sure to scroll down to view the screenshots.
This is a well written preview of the game going into detail the things I touched on. http://www.gamespy.com/articles/595/595975p1.html?fromint=1
Another similar article:http://www.gamerankings.com/itemrankings/launchreview.asp?reviewid=476780
MY explanation I decided to post after the links as many readers wont read that much before stopping:P
It started out simple enough, a single cell in a primordial soup... you could eat these blobs but the bigger blobs would eat you. You eat enough of these to evolve into a small sea creature. Using an engine that allows you to design the creatures every inch. Using algorithms to calculate the speed size and look of the creature based on your designs... He demonstrated this by creating an exact replica of a carebear on the screen, just look at the screenshots.
He then moved on to a land based existence, again fully customizable appearance. Then he revealed a mating system, which produced an egg. This began a new period of city building stating with a hut a fire and a drum. He then went further, the building had the same system of creation as the beings, you could mold them into any image you wished. A mini sim city began and he then showed even that wasn't enough.
he pans out to show a neighboring city with a completely different design, which had tanks rolling toward his own. He created some vehicles (same engine complete control). didn't do so well and fast forwarded a bit. his society now had a spaceship, he began to colonize the SOLAR system and eventually the UNIVERSE... showing this as he went.