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Napster Founder Crafting WoW Community

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the soon-they-will-be-trading-loot-illegally dept.

Role Playing (Games) 28

Gamespot reports on Napster founder Shawn Fanning's newest project: an online community for MMOG players called Rupture. He's initially, sensibly, targeting World of Warcraft players with what's being described as 'MySpace for Azeroth'. From the article: "The [service] will pull data directly from WOW and publish stats and information on a personalized page. Gamers will also be able to instant message while playing, as well as track the progress of their guilds and organize playing time with their online buddies. Rupture will rely on ads for revenue and also focus on exchanging info on gamers' real lives, should they have one. WOW is the first game on the plate for Rupture, but no other titles have yet been mentioned. "

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Should they have one? (0)

Ninjaesque One (902204) | more than 7 years ago | (#17081382)

More like if, in some anomalous case, they are found to have a life, they will be exterminated and studied.

Isn't This Redundant? (0)

FreeRadicalX (899322) | more than 7 years ago | (#17081434)

A social networking website for a socially networked game? Isn't a large part of MMOs the fact that they can simulate social interaction online? Isn't this idea just redundant?

I have a feeling that in a few months I'll be eating my words, but it had to be said.

Re:Isn't This Redundant? (2, Informative)

Broken scope (973885) | more than 7 years ago | (#17081614)

Well part of it is the fact that guilds need an out og game way to organize. Most succeful guilds have a forum and other things that pull stats from the game. However those site take alot of work and this will make it easier for a guilds to organize. Also it gives a better way to check on the guild besides logging in.

Re:Isn't This Redundant? (0, Redundant)

matt3k (751292) | more than 7 years ago | (#17092166)

Can I have this reply flagged as 'redundant', please? Come on... no, no, NO! Not troll!

Jennings is a Criminal (2, Funny)

ringbarer (545020) | more than 7 years ago | (#17081444)

He STOLE revenue from METALLICA!

Re:Jennings is a Criminal (0, Offtopic)

toriver (11308) | more than 7 years ago | (#17082336)

So did Megadeth every time they released an album that fans chose instead of Metallica's output, though. BURN DAVE MUSTAINE!

Re:Jennings is a Criminal (0, Flamebait)

tepples (727027) | more than 7 years ago | (#17085968)

So did Megadeth every time they released an album that fans chose instead of Metallica's output

So why didn't Metallica patent methods of composing music or methods of performing music? A band establishing a new sound could probably patent it nowadays, given that USPTO is known to grant patents on data processing algorithms, business models, and even story plots.

Re:Jennings is a Criminal (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17103182)

For the uninformed (read the poster that I am responding to) Mustaine played a big part in creating that sound when he was part of Metallica in the first place, I would hardly call that stealing the sound.

So... (3, Funny)

jhembruff (996103) | more than 7 years ago | (#17081598)

...he's applying the social networking concept to people who have no social lives!


Re:So... (1)

sumdumass (711423) | more than 7 years ago | (#17083830)

They don't nhave a social life because not to many people publicly admit to their fantisy. This lets them do just that. Think reshaping social interaction for the impared. kind of like wheelchair ramps at intersection crosswalks.

facesofwow (1)

Aurisor (932566) | more than 7 years ago | (#17081636)

This has already been done to an extent. []

Honestly, I don't see the need for a WOW social networking site, since the players are already incredibly well-connected (vent, aim, wow forums, in-game chat). I think the only appeal is figuring out which players on the server are hot chicks and helping them finish quests. =)

Actually.. (2, Insightful)

beldraen (94534) | more than 7 years ago | (#17081706)

What I am surprised that hasn't happened is a WoW based dating site. Despite the myth, plenty of people who play have lives; however, plenty of us are also very busy between work, school, etc. I am long past any interest in bars nor people who ask, "what's an online game?" It's funny that people don't think twice about picking up chicks at bars, concerts, etc, but you're a wacko if you want to find someone who enjoys your entertainment on a computer.

On a side note, it's also noteworthy that while online games make us more connected, they really make us more distant. You end up meeting people with whom you'll never be able to meet up because they live a thousand s of miles away. I think a way to establish local groups and interests would be a great thing.

Like it or not, WoW is going mainstream.

Re:Actually.. (1)

TomHandy (578620) | more than 7 years ago | (#17081822)

Maybe I'm crazy, but I could swear I remember seeing a WoW dating site recently (it seemed to make the rounds of the various gaming blogs, etc.). I can't remember if it turned out to be a joke or not, but I do remember the obvious comments about it, and in particular the male:female ratio.

Re:Actually.. (2, Funny)

tawhaki (750181) | more than 7 years ago | (#17082046)

Recently as in "while reading TFA"? It mentions "World of Datecraft".

Re:Actually.. (1)

lenroc (632180) | more than 7 years ago | (#17082190)

Recently as in "while reading TFA"? It mentions "World of Datecraft".

Come on... that's implying that people actually read TFA!

I know I haven't!

Re:Actually.. actually you should maybe read TFA? (1)

ArcticCelt (660351) | more than 7 years ago | (#17085464)

From TFA:
This isn't the first online community site planned around World of Warcraft. In July, an online dating site titled "World of Datecraft" invited night elves and others to mingle and find matches for some offline romance. The site has since been taken down.

Wait, "other games"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17081682)

You mean there are MMORPGs other than WoW? When did this happen? :-)

(Note: Joke. Listing other MMORPGs misses the point.)

Yawn (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17082006)

Shawn had his 15 minutes. It's always sad watching these one-hit wonders desperately trying to hold on.

Re:Yawn (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17099876)

As opposed to those no-hit wonders like yourself? Or me, for that matter?

Re:Yawn (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17101496)

Least he got chicken.

Difference? (1)

Lord_Dweomer (648696) | more than 7 years ago | (#17082952)

So uh...what is different about this from other community sites for WoW? Why should I switch? Ok, so it has in-game IM...that COULD be useful as long as it doesn't clutter things and provides more functionality than the current whisper or guild chat system. But honestly I think he's entering a market that is WAY too crowded and that is sensible enough to recognize this for what it is, another jumping on the "me too" gryphon.

WoW players have a life? (0, Flamebait)

Kuvter (882697) | more than 7 years ago | (#17084580)

But WoW players don't have a life haven't you seen South Park's WoW episode.

From the episode: He's been playing World of Warcraft for so long he must have no life. "How do you kill that which has no life?"

Echo (1)

Rapter09 (866502) | more than 7 years ago | (#17085450)

I'm pretty much agreeing with everyone here. What's the pull? Gamers have always been notoriously well-connected to each other. Those who aren't really "gamers" get connected if they need to get connected. If they don't know how they have geek\nerd friends that know everything that can get them hooked up. Gamers have Ventrillo, Teamspeak, World of WarCraft in-game chat, guild forums on their own individual websites - if you can't get your own domain you can get a free PHP board or something akin to it. There's sites out there that offer guild's mini-sites for free with some limited functionality, and if you want in-game instant messaging with people that aren't playing the game at the moment you've got xFire. Where is this going? Nowhere fast, I think. Gamer's already have enough ways to chat with each other and we're more or less immune to game-based social networking since we are already embroiled in a gigantic network in and of itself.

I smell moolah! (1)

UnRDJ (712762) | more than 7 years ago | (#17090072)

1. Wait until this becomes somewhat populat 2. DMCA 3. Profit! No question marks needed.

Yes, the market for this is allready full (2, Informative)

helot50 (1035132) | more than 7 years ago | (#17093606) [] [] [] and there are plenty of sites that can gather your character info as well. [] [] [] [] [] theres more out there.

A game that really needs something like this... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17095032) Final Fantasy XI. You can't IM while playing the game (unless you have the Windower, but that violates the EULA, and Xfire is buggy with it) and it's very inconvenient. A great game, truly, but they need to be a little bit more lenient with 3rd party software, instead of turning a multitasking computer into a console that can only do one thing at a time.

Re:A game that really needs something like this... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17098926)

Square-Enix? Making something open and helpful to customers? Certainly you're joking!

But as far as Square-Enix is concerned, they already have something like this: the Linkshell Community [] , one of the crappiest community sites I've ever witnessed. (Note the server dropdown on the linked page. Pull it up. It's not sorted at all, making it more difficult than necessary to find the server you play on. Also note the complete lack of forums and other personal pages and anything else that might help build a community. Better than nothing, I guess.)

I can't for the life of me figure out why they don't allow the game to be run in a window or to be ALT-TAB away from. Apparently they think it improves the game's security. The 7,500 accounts banned for using cheat tools [] seems to suggest that it isn't working.

Re:A game that really needs something like this... (1)

xtmno4 (1035416) | more than 7 years ago | (#17114092)

Man that was frustrating in FFXI. You are playing along just fine, then accidentally alt-tab to the desktop. POL says it no longer has focus and disconnects. By the time you log back in and get playing again, you have wasted 5 minutes, and probably have died and lost a good chunk of exp...
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