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How Habbo Succeeded

Zonk posted about 7 years ago | from the oh-those-wacky-fins dept.

The Internet 57

The other keynote on Thursday at GDC Austin homed in on the growing collusion between Web 2.0 site and online gaming, with an examination of the wildly successful Habbo Hotel by world creator Sulka Haro. Habbo is more of an online hang-out space than a game, thought it does have many game elements. The service grew from humble origins to now offer a home to almost 7.5 Million unique users per month. From Gamasutra's coverage: "Globally, the game attracts around 51% boys and 49% girls. '13-16 seems to be the predominant age group we're getting.' But in different territories the story may be different. For example, in Japan there are a lot of younger kids playing, but there's also a hardcore cadre of housewives who play in their own cliques. When it comes to the U.S., Haro posited, 'I guess in the States the tipping point is when you get your driver's license and you can actually go somewhere to meet people.' A big concern of Habbo players is to create a private space where their parents don't know what's going on -- and this extends to when they get in trouble."

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What time is it ? (0, Troll)

Adolf Hitroll (562418) | about 7 years ago | (#20508267)

I lost my watch while fisting Zonk's squealing mum!

Re:What time is it ? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20512501)

4chan
 
dot
 
org

4chan is a great place to hang out with buddies!

nothing to see here... (5, Funny)

Dance_Dance_Karnov (793804) | about 7 years ago | (#20508273)

pool's closed. due to aids.

sage (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20508353)

Pool's closed. Due to aids.

Re:sage (3, Funny)

TriezGamer (861238) | about 7 years ago | (#20509251)

Sage goes in the e-mail field...

Re:sage (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20509409)

#fortune goes in the email field...

Re:sage (1)

deftcoder (1090261) | about 7 years ago | (#20511337)

#fortune goes in all fields!!!

Re:sage (0, Troll)

irc.goatse.cx troll (593289) | about 7 years ago | (#20512561)

#nigger goes in the cotton field

Re:sage (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20509423)

Stupid eBaum's.

Re:sage (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20512487)

Actually, most of this is from 4chan, where E Bauman steals his shit from.

Re:sage (3, Informative)

TriezGamer (861238) | about 7 years ago | (#20512713)

Bauman steals from a lot more than just 4chan. The man is both a brilliant opportunist and needs to be offed for being a thief.

Re:sage (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20517153)

rules 1 and 2.

Re:sage (1)

xyph0r (1153429) | about 7 years ago | (#20516735)

lol wut

Re:nothing to see here... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20509123)

move bobba

Re:nothing to see here... (0, Offtopic)

DJHewi1025 (892912) | about 7 years ago | (#20509265)

Thanks 4chan!

Re:nothing to see here... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20511107)

Remember rules 1 and 2 namefags!!!

Re:nothing to see here... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20515613)

SWASTIGET NIGGERS

DIE (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20516561)

You are the cancer that killed /b/.

I hope you're happy, you fucking faggot.

I call shenanigans (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20517529)

TFA is bullshit, this is how Habbo got popular. [encycloped...matica.com]

Re:nothing to see here... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20517603)

The other keynote on Thursday at GDC Austin homed in on the growing collusion between Web 2.0 site and online gaming, with an examination of the wildly successful Habbo Hotel by world creator Sulka Haro. Habbo is more of an online hang-out space than a game, thought it does have many game elements. The service grew from humble origins but it's mom got scared and said "youre moving with your aunte and uncle in bel-air".I whistled for a cab and when it came near the licensplate said fresh and had a dice in the mirror If anything I could say that this cab was rare but I thought nah forget it, yo home to bel-air.

I pulled up to a house about seven or eight
And I yelled to the cabby yo, home smell you later
Looked at my kingdom I was finally there
To settle my throne as the prince of bel-air

Re:nothing to see here... (1)

ins0m (584887) | about 7 years ago | (#20518759)

DASU?! kekeke

Pools closed! (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20508291)

Due to AIDS

Raids (5, Insightful)

_bug_ (112702) | about 7 years ago | (#20508299)

and i wonder how many of those visitors are a result of raids from other websites. it is a popular place to go harass users.

Re:Raids (1)

Bieeanda (961632) | about 7 years ago | (#20511323)

The Path is Grey.

Re:Raids (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20511755)

Follow the grey path.

lamer than myspace (1)

BendingUnit (1111869) | about 7 years ago | (#20508337)

Wow they did it, they created something lamer than myspace. Well done.

Re:lamer than myspace (1)

gorbachev (512743) | about 7 years ago | (#20509607)

Habbo Hotel preceeds MySpace.

Re:lamer than myspace (2, Funny)

IpalindromeI (515070) | about 7 years ago | (#20512139)

"Precedes" means "came before;" it does not mean "cannot be lamer than."

NEVAR FORGET (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20508435)

July 12 2006 [encycloped...matica.com] .

Pools closed due to AIDS.

Fond memories (1)

Solra Bizna (716281) | about 7 years ago | (#20508673)

Habbo Hotel has a fuzzy place in my heart. Even I sunk about $20 into it a few years back. I furnished a whole room, then stepped back and realized how pointless my life was and did more worthwhile things. :P

-:sigma.SB

Worthwhile (3, Insightful)

PixelScuba (686633) | about 7 years ago | (#20509701)

Like comment on Slashdot about spending money on Habbo Hotel :P

That's easy. (4, Funny)

Minwee (522556) | about 7 years ago | (#20508679)

Habbo succeeded because the kids liked him much more than Hrusty the Clown.

This is how ... (5, Funny)

Baby Duck (176251) | about 7 years ago | (#20508749)

So how *did* Habbo succeed?

1. Post an article on Slashdot entitled "How Habbo Succeeded"
2. Have 99% of visitors wonder WTF is Habbo?
3. 1% of viewers click on said article, read it, decide they want to try it
4. Realize 1% of Slashdot users is a sizeable number.
5. PROFIT!

I can't wait to makeup something called Yuiroppo, get a front page Slashdot article entitled "How Yuiroppo Succeeded", and sit back and rake in the dough.

Re:This is how ... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20509117)

Slashdot is just a spamvertisement portal now for vendors. Yet more proof that slashdot is dieing

Re:This is how ... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20509823)

Oh, shut the fuck up! This is about a presentation at a game conference and I've seen this presentation covered on a site geared towards developers. What the fuck is the point in advertising a game which primarily appeals to 13-16 and old Japanese housewives on Slashdot of all places? Home to 40 year old man-children who will only point their Cheeto stained $90 gaming mice only to sites that stink of testosterone and desperation. Like CGI rendered pornographic Elvin cartoons.

Since you hate slashdot I urge you take your shitty spelling and horrid compound bullshit terms (spamvertisement? that's a fuckwit word you waste of afterbirth) and head over to some stink hole like digg. They have pictures of kittens. On your way over there, be sure to fuck yourself, get Super AIDS and die.

P.S. You embody everything wrong with humanity.

Re:This is how ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20515455)

Ahh slashdot. The new /b/. Always nice to see an old friend.

Re:This is how ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20512547)

Hmmm, has NetCraft confirmed this?

Re:This is how ... (1)

Fozzyuw (950608) | about 7 years ago | (#20509647)

2. Have 99% of visitors wonder WTF is Habbo?

ROFL, and here I thought I was totally out of it. Despite having tried many free and obscure online games, I never heard of Habbo. Though, I didn't bother to click the link and I won't bother given how your post confirms my thoughts.

cheers,
Fozzy

Re:This is how ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20513709)

You are totally out if it.

Habbo's been around since 2002 or so.

You're far out of the loop.

And you have AIDS.

Re:This is how ... (1)

Fozzyuw (950608) | about 7 years ago | (#20522133)

And you have AIDS.

Noooooo!

Re:This is how ... (1)

kat_skan (5219) | about 7 years ago | (#20509881)

This is a great plan until a month later when you get the bill for the bandwidth used by the 99% who didn't sign up. :D

Re:This is how ... (2, Insightful)

Vexor (947598) | about 7 years ago | (#20511023)

Actually Habbo Hotel succeeded was due to "bobba". Lot's and lot's of bobba. For those of you who don't know what bobba is I'll use it in a sentance and let you read between the lines: "Hey nice shoes, wanna bobba?"

Re:This is how ... (2, Funny)

OldeTimeGeek (725417) | about 7 years ago | (#20514567)

So "bobba" means shine?

Re:This is how ... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20511479)

don't fool yourself. slashdot doesn't have that many unique visitors and frankly it's just not as potent of a tech site as it was just a few years ago. slashdot has become the new digg to the point that the upper management has started to emulate digg.
 
but considering the subject matter i guess being a good tech site doesn't really count for all that much either. i wouldn't be surprised if slashdot went heavy into a second life clique. that's about the speed of slashdot today.

Who follows the path? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20509503)

The path is grey.

POOL'S CLOSED (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20510049)

due to AIDS

4CHAN DOT ORG (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20512199)

4chan dot org

funny catchphrases!!!

POOL IS CLOSED due to AIDS

LOL
4 chan dot org

4

chan

dot

org

4chan

we want more people to spew our unfunny catchphrases in a website full of socially awkward retards
 

4chan (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20512237)

4chan dot org

funny catchphrases!!!

POOL IS CLOSED due to AIDS

LOL
4 chan dot org

4

chan

dot

org

4chan

we want more people to spew our unfunny catchphrases in a website full of socially awkward retards

YOU BITCH (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20514257)

LOLI agree wholeheartedly. Fuck. This is so fucking yeah. Let's go red sox. 4chan ftw!!!!! Go SEAKING! You sucking rules! Hey, did you know I like the mudkips? OHHHHHHH Man!! yeah dude 4chan is pretty fucking amazing and then my mom was scared and said "You gotta go live with your auntie and uncle in Belair!" I flagged down a cab, and when it came near the license plate said fresh in it right by the mirror! If anything I could say that this cab was rare but I thought "Nah forget it". Go home to Belair! I pulled up to a house about seven or eight and I yelled to the cabbie go home smell ya later. Looked at my kingdom I was finally there to sit on my thrones as the prince of belair.

Re:4chan (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20514581)

We note that you're posting as "Anonymous."

Geno1665 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20512285)

The path is grey. Grey is neutrality. Cowbell is the anthem.

Worth reading... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20514595)

...just for "hardcore cadre of housewives."

NEVAR FORGET (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20515431)

NEVAR EVAR FORGET

My Goodness (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20516063)

What an amazing lot of gaiafags who don't know the Rules of the Internet!

You know, I and a few of my peers would be happy to help you clean the dregs out of your ranks.

First post! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20519977)

First Post! [monochrom.at]

Re:First post! (1)

EvilBrak89 (966478) | about 7 years ago | (#20526357)

Well played, Anon. Sacrificing karma here.. POOL'S CLOSED DUE TO FAIL AND AIDS.
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