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Another Web-Based Game Targeting Casual Gamers Launches

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 6 years ago | from the irs-is-on-hold-to-tax-your-users dept.

The Internet 79

News.com is reporting that Mytopia, another casual-gaming network, has launched into public-beta. More than just a regular game with virtual rewards, Mytopia encourages exchanging points for real-world prizes like iTunes or Amazon certificates. "Since Mytopia is centered on "classic games," the offering--Sudoku, chess, backgammon, hearts, spades, dominoes, bingo, and poker--is a bit of a yawn, though the company has said new games will be added on a monthly basis. On the flip side, the familiarity of those games may be a draw to players who don't want to learn a whole new set of rules. Indeed, Mytopia is targeting a thoroughly non-"gamer" demographic."

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iTunes / Amazon.com gift certificate.... (1)

New_Age_Reform_Act (1256010) | more than 6 years ago | (#22848330)

can be easily converted into $$$ on eBay. These constantly sold around 90% or sometimes even 95% of the face value.

Anyway this concept is not new. Cases Ladder has been doing this for years.

Re:iTunes / Amazon.com gift certificate.... (4, Informative)

CRCulver (715279) | more than 6 years ago | (#22848494)

iTunes / Amazon.com gift certificate can be easily converted into $$$ on eBay. These constantly sold around 90% or sometimes even 95% of the face value.

According to Amazon's own rules [amazon.com] you are not allowed to resell gift certificates. If people start selling them enough on eBay, Amazon may pressure eBay to forbid listing them.

Re:iTunes / Amazon.com gift certificate.... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22848860)

Pressure? eBay will roll over and give Amazon power to delist it themselves!

Re:iTunes / Amazon.com gift certificate.... (1)

Schlage (195535) | more than 6 years ago | (#22850072)

Pressure? eBay will roll over and give Amazon power to delist it themselves!
That's a common misconception. eBay doesn't provide anyone outside of eBay with tools to de-list auctions, but rather programs that allow others to send in takedown notices (NOCI = Notice(s) Of Claimed Infringement). The end effect is that for a company actively policing auctions the listings can get taken down quite quickly, often within their first hour. I think this is why people sometimes think that eBay has given others direct access to their systems, which is simply not the case.

By the way, for those interested, here's a link to eBay's existing gift card policy: http://pages.ebay.com/help/policies/gift.html [ebay.com]

Note/Disclaimer: I used to work for eBay in their Trust & Safety department.

Re:iTunes / Amazon.com gift certificate.... (2, Insightful)

Nazlfrag (1035012) | more than 6 years ago | (#22852592)

I was under the assumption that the VeRO program allowed companies direct access, as discussed here [slashdot.org] a little while ago. There's a paper about it here [cmu.edu] which quotes:

Once membership has attached, VeRO members have available to them the VeRO Reporting Tool, which is software designed to automate the process of alleging infringements to eBay. Upon receipt of a NOCI, eBay removes the allegedly infringing listing apparently with little or no review of the validity of the complaint.
and a little later:

One person claimed to use VeRO to remove over 500 listings in a day.
My question I guess is this - how much oversight is actually there between the automated filing of a NOCI and the takedown, or is this also automated?

How long (1)

Vexor (947598) | more than 6 years ago | (#22848366)

until someone gets hooked and dies after a 3 day binge?

Re:How long (5, Funny)

Spudtrooper (1073512) | more than 6 years ago | (#22848726)

According to current medical science, the answer is "3 days after they put up an online version of Starcraft."

eh, I dunno (1, Insightful)

ILuvRamen (1026668) | more than 6 years ago | (#22848384)

I don't think they're going to beat out games.com. First of all they have the domain games.com. Second, they have EVERYTHING. They even have Monopoly! And third, I think games.com has some sort of win cash by playing games. Never really looked into it but it sounded cool. I don't think this new one is going to beat them out if they simply try to beat them at their own game, no pun intended :-P

Re:eh, I dunno (0, Offtopic)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | more than 6 years ago | (#22848792)

ILuvRamen = corporate shill? Seriously, most of his posts are absolutely nonsensical, and this one is pure 100% shilling.

Re:eh, I dunno (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22849046)

No, I think he really is just a plain old moron. There are few people with posting histories as desperately retarded, it's true.

Re:eh, I dunno (1)

Oktober Sunset (838224) | more than 6 years ago | (#22849200)

If he is, then he's no worse that the submitter.

Re:eh, I dunno (-1, Flamebait)

ILuvRamen (1026668) | more than 6 years ago | (#22849216)

wtf are you talking about? Yeah, I work for games.com, youtube, and ehow, how'd you know? I'm not even employed at the moment. And look at your posting history. Flamebait...troll...flamebait...troll. You're real popular. P.S. what's that link in your profile? Oh, it's selling something. Imagine that. STFU hypocrit douchebag.

Re:eh, I dunno (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22849560)

Cocksucker, manhore! dickface! assbag! Sorry, my Tourette's syndrome is acting up.

Shilling is 5x as valuable as your 2c (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 6 years ago | (#22849728)

ILuvRamen = corporate shill? Seriously, most of his posts are absolutely nonsensical, and this one is pure 100% shilling.
A pure 100% shilling [wikipedia.org] is worth five pence, or about five times as much [google.com] as your two cents or my two cents.

So You Pay To Get Ads? (5, Informative)

ergo98 (9391) | more than 6 years ago | (#22848388)

but for a $5-per-month premium membership, players have access to an ad-supported version of the site

I presume they misstated, and you actually pay to get an ad-free version of the site.

Otherwise...is this a slashvertisement? Yet another of hundreds of online gaming sites...what's the news for nerds in this? No, seriously, I really want to know.

Re:So You Pay To Get Ads? (5, Insightful)

eebra82 (907996) | more than 6 years ago | (#22848634)

Otherwise...is this a slashvertisement?
That depends on where you want to draw the line on news and advertisements. For example, if Intel launches a new CPU architecture, wouldn't that be very much like this news item?

Having said that, this news looks like pure spam on a page like Slashdot. None of its featured games are new or spectacular in any way and the concept is dated back to at least 2001.

Re:So You Pay To Get Ads? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22850602)

Whats news about this? Time to write another bot for these stupid games!

I love Amazon gift certificates!

Re:So You Pay To Get Ads? (1)

earthlandrealms (1258740) | more than 6 years ago | (#22852166)

Otherwise...is this a slashvertisement?
That depends on where you want to draw the line on news and advertisements. For example, if Intel launches a new CPU architecture, wouldn't that be very much like this news item?

Having said that, this news looks like pure spam on a page like Slashdot. None of its featured games are new or spectacular in any way and the concept is dated back to at least 2001.
2001 is being too kind. I'd say this idea was barely original pre 1995.

Re:So You Pay To Get Ads? (1)

Astrorunner (316100) | more than 6 years ago | (#22852532)

Taco's mortgage must be coming due.

Re:So You Pay To Get Ads? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22851036)

What about ad blocking programs... creates ad free browsing

Re:So You Pay To Get Ads? (1)

n3v3rmiss (1261682) | more than 6 years ago | (#22852468)

Actually this is quite an interesting game. I have been beta testing this for the last three months. The grahpics are quite good, and the quests are quite enjoyable to perform. It is very much like diablo, its menu bar at the bottom is virtually a copy of that, except the gama and health are very small compared to diablo, so you really have to keep an eye on it, otherwise you die. This is not really an advertisement, it is stating a new game, that is available for people who are into this kind of web based game. Slashdot mentioning the new Vista or Ubuntu release is advertising that particular update, this news item may not interest a lot of people on slashdot, but gamers, or testers like myself may find this news informative. I also believe it is a misprint, you will pay for a ad-free version, but why would you?

Re:So You Pay To Get Ads? (1)

EtherMonkey (705611) | more than 6 years ago | (#22852606)

This sounds like PrizePoint.com [findarticles.com] or Uproar.com (the original version, which lived between 1998 and 2006, not the new version, which sux even more). The idea was you earned points that could be redeemed for prizes by playing cheesy Java-based games. Of course the quid pro quo was being barraged by ads.

Ultimately, the games and prizes weren't worth putting-up with all the ads. Ad-blocking caused revenues to plummet and those who didn't block ads just stopped visiting. Uproar and Prizepoint merged and then eventually died after burning through millions of VC dollars.

I don't see anything better happening this time around.

Re:So You Pay To Get Ads? (1)

philspear (1142299) | more than 6 years ago | (#22869324)

Otherwise...is this a slashvertisement? Yet another of hundreds of online gaming sites...what's the news for nerds in this? No, seriously, I really want to know


There is a breed of nerds, the game biz nerds, who would be interested in this. The same people who argue passionately about computer chips from so and so, and who make online petitions to prevent EA from buying are probably interested in this.

As a science/videogame nerd, I have to say this is actually more interesting to me than the bulk of the linux/microsoft/computer hardware/blahblahblah stories posted here.

Yeah iTunes gift cards are cool... (2, Funny)

Corpuscavernosa (996139) | more than 6 years ago | (#22848392)

... but how about annual subscriptions to your favorite porn site? That might add a few users!

Re:Yeah iTunes gift cards are cool... (2, Insightful)

DiEx-15 (959602) | more than 6 years ago | (#22853082)

Thus proving once again - the internet is for p0rn! [youtube.com]

Bot (2, Interesting)

DigitalisAkujin (846133) | more than 6 years ago | (#22848410)

How long until someone codes a bot so I can get free shit?

Re:Bot (1)

Call Me Black Cloud (616282) | more than 6 years ago | (#22848652)

I don't know why this is a troll...it's a very relevant question. Search for "pogo cheats" and you'll find many bots available, all for the sole purpose of gaining tokens which are worth nothing more than bragging rights, or maybe some clothing for one's static avatar. Throw in some real-world rewards and there will be tons of bots, not particularly hard to code up for "classic" games.

Re:Bot (1)

New_Age_Reform_Act (1256010) | more than 6 years ago | (#22849168)

Playbuddy.com [playbuddy.com] has tons of bot programs for Yahoo, MSN, Pogo etc.
I am a constant player @ Yahoo Chess, and you couldn't believe how many people are using the Chess-AutoBuddy [playbuddy.com] program, especially "1 second per move" games.
Combine this fact with the my very first post in this article [slashdot.org] , then you can see where this is going.

Re:Bot (0, Flamebait)

RageTroll 9000 (1261452) | more than 6 years ago | (#22849148)

Fuck you, jizz-stain. You want something? Work for it. Jesus fucking Christ, you slashbots just cant move your fat, bloated asses or your greasy, sausage-like fingers for anything, can you, you fucks? Even if it's just playing a God damn computer game, you won't do it if you can steal it. Well, fuck you, criminal. Fuck off before I slap you in the mouth.

TROLL ALERT (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22849312)

Slashdotters are usually Democratic/Leftist by nature. That's the culture, and I am proud to be a democrat, proud to be black, and proud member of the American Criminal Leftist Union.

Re:TROLL ALERT (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22849510)

DIE NIGGA!

Re:TROLL ALERT (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22859878)

WHOOSH!!!!!!

Re:Bot (1)

TheAngryIntern (785323) | more than 6 years ago | (#22850026)

congratulations! You are today's "Douchebag of the day!"

Re:Bot (1)

TheVelvetFlamebait (986083) | more than 6 years ago | (#22851058)

Someone else codes a bot so you can get free shit?

I think you'll be waiting a long time.

similar (1)

esocid (946821) | more than 6 years ago | (#22848420)

This sounds a little bit like kongregate [kongregate.com] with a little more multiplayer to it. Kongregate has some better sounding games though, and a steady flow of them. The redemption thing sounds good, except with the obvious point of how security will deal with the private information.

Re:similar (1)

Rimbo (139781) | more than 6 years ago | (#22851492)

Actually, it is almost identical, in a "Vivendi Universal is totally going to sue" sort of way, to the old Sierra On-Line network / Imagination Network.

Imagination network screenshot [wikimedia.org]
MyTopia Screenshot [techcrunch.com]

Is this really a good name? (3, Insightful)

erroneus (253617) | more than 6 years ago | (#22848422)

I mean really... one thing that playing games over an extended period of time seems to cause (especially in the case of first person shooters) is a problem with my eyes... I seem to have problems tracking distances and movements for a short period of adjustment as I retrain my eyes to work in a 3D environment rather than a 2D representation of 3D.

Isn't "Myopia" a type of optical malady also known as near-sightedness? Granted that "Mytopia" and "Myopia" are two different words, but they are similar enough that the mind will draw a connection between the two whether "liminally" or "subliminally." (Yes, I know there is no word liminally... I just like playing with words and it does effectively get the point across.)

Re:Is this really a good name? (2, Funny)

Hatta (162192) | more than 6 years ago | (#22849040)

It's also rather close to Mycotopia [mycotopia.net]

Re:Is this really a good name? (1)

swalker42 (944794) | more than 6 years ago | (#22849402)

My first thought was "Mytopia = personal utopia" - which I'm sure is what the marketing folks were hoping.
My second thought was "great we can't even share utopia anymore, another concept taken to the self-centered extreme".
Then I snapped out of it and thought "who cares, if they can make some cash then good for them".

Re:Is this really a good name? (1)

rrkap (634128) | more than 6 years ago | (#22849456)

Actually, liminally is a perfectly good word. It's the adverbial form of liminal meaning above the threshold of perception (thus subliminal means below the threshold of perception.

Oh, god! I just corrected someone's grammar on Slashdot. I must retreat to my moms basement and get tested for Aspergers immediately!

Re:Is this really a good name? (1)

ConceptJunkie (24823) | more than 6 years ago | (#22851996)

When your mind starts drawing a connection superliminally, then you've got something to talk about.

Re:Is this really a good name? (1)

Aphex Junkie (633436) | more than 6 years ago | (#22865368)

(Yes, I know there is no word liminally... I just like playing with words and it does effectively get the point across.)
The word you're looking for is superliminally. And I seem to have the same thing with after long FPS sessions. I notice that I tend to focus in the center of my vision and that it's difficult to use my peripheral vision. Oh well, I'll continue to play them until my eyes are but mere smoldering craters in my head

Mytopia? (3, Funny)

ajlitt (19055) | more than 6 years ago | (#22848438)

Does playing this game make you near-sighted?

Re:Mytopia? (1)

dipstick (1261858) | more than 6 years ago | (#22855112)

If it offers games that can make you go blind I'm signing up tomorrow.

mytopia, can you hire me in the ad department? (5, Funny)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 6 years ago | (#22848456)

here's my free ad campaign slogans for you:

1. "stare at the screen forever! get your myopia on mytopia"

2. "mytopia: you would think it's an amalgam of 'my utopia'. it's actually an amalgam of 'my dystopia'. sorry for your forthcoming displeasure"

3. "welcome to mytopia. if you are looking for the hallucinogenic substance exchange 'mycopia,' you are on the wrong site, click here"

4. "welcome to mytopiary.com, the site for lovers of small shrubs and all things related to small shrub erotica! the mytopia website burned through all of its funds on a shameless ad plug on slashdot, and went bankrupt, and we bought their domain for $29.94"

Re:mytopia, can you hire me in the ad department? (2, Funny)

Surt (22457) | more than 6 years ago | (#22849140)

4. "welcome to mytopiary.com, the site for lovers of small shrubs and all things related to small shrub erotica! the mytopia website burned through all of its funds on a shameless ad plug on slashdot, and went bankrupt, and we bought their domain for $29.94"

You overpaid.

Classic won't cost you, or get you sued. (4, Insightful)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | more than 6 years ago | (#22848504)

Since Mytopia is centered on "classic games,"
For "classic" read "public domain."

In USA, games have no copyright (2, Interesting)

tepples (727027) | more than 6 years ago | (#22849860)

Since Mytopia is centered on "classic games,"
For "classic" read "public domain."
On Slashdot's home turf, games aren't copyrightable [copyright.gov] ; implementations are. As long as you step around trademarks (e.g. "Zookeeper" vs. "Bejeweled" or "Lockjaw" vs. "Tetris" or "Snood" vs. "Bust-A-Move"), you break no law by reimplementing an existing casual game's rules with a new program and new graphics.

Classic games? (2, Funny)

Hatta (162192) | more than 6 years ago | (#22848510)

Like Kings Quest? Dune 2? Battle Chess? Super Mario Brothers? Castle Wolfenstein? Pirates!? Rampage?

Classic games (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22848536)

Like tic-tac-toe, or global thermonuclear war.

Imagination Network (2, Interesting)

Kythorn (52358) | more than 6 years ago | (#22848548)

This (visually) looks amazingly similar to the Imagination Network

http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/archives/001081.html [codinghorror.com] has a screenshot comparison I saw earlier this morning.

Off I go... (1)

grumpyman (849537) | more than 6 years ago | (#22848564)

1. Write sudoku-playing bots 2. ??? 3. Prizes!!!

Sierra Network (3, Informative)

kaellinn18 (707759) | more than 6 years ago | (#22848568)

Jeff Atwood wrote a post [codinghorror.com] about this yesterday. Apparently, Mytopia is a lot like Sierra's ImagiNation Network from the late 80s/early 90s.

Re:Sierra Network (1)

Frantix (1043000) | more than 6 years ago | (#22849612)

I freakin' love it.. :) Now if they could only license some form of Red Baron, I could relive some of the most fun I had with online gaming! :) Seeing that TSN/INN map brings back the memories...

Is Slashdot getting paid (4, Informative)

Bromskloss (750445) | more than 6 years ago | (#22848738)

...for generating traffic for news.com or why on earth didn't you include the link to Mytopia [mytopia.com] ?!!

Re:Is Slashdot getting paid (1)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 6 years ago | (#22849276)

...for generating traffic for news.com or why on earth didn't you include the link to Mytopia?!!
Probably because if they provided a link to Mytopia directly, the editors would be accused of running a slashvertisement for Mytopia. Anytime there is an article about any commerical product, someone is going to cry "slashvertisement"... so now if they link to an article about the commerical product, someone cries "paid referral".

There's a simple solution, which you appear to have solved for yourself... type "mytopia" into your favorite search engine, and off you go...

Another note, is that the source site for a lot of slashdot articles might have trouble handling the slashdot effect. By direct linking only to a site like news.com, there's mitigation of that. Only people truly interested in the site are going to find & navigate to the actual site.

AFAICT, it's win-win for everyone. Site avoids a slahdotting, news.com gets more traffic, slashdot gets a little bit of info about the site from the linked article, trolls get to complain about the lack of a direct link, and karma whores get to refute the trolls in order to get insightful mods ;)

anyone else notice? (1)

PJ1216 (1063738) | more than 6 years ago | (#22848854)

That mytopia looks a lot like myopia which means "short-sightedness"? Anyone find this fitting?

Bow before Neopets (2, Insightful)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | more than 6 years ago | (#22848904)

OK, this upstart will achieve NOTHING unless he somehow gets an idea of how to dethrone the inexplicably popular NEOPETS from its throne of bones. I "played" Neopets for more than a month back in '04, when I was out of a job and homebound, and it singlehandedly made me want to get out of the house and get into the real world (no small feat). And Neopets remains popular despite the fact that one of its main pet types is sacreligious [neopets.com] to one of the world's most respected religions. All aboard to Krawk Island! Avast and set sail to Meridell!

Re:Bow before Neopets (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22849322)

Why is it sacreligious to name a pet after the 9 year old that Mohammad did the nasty with?

Re:Bow before Neopets (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22886920)

Seriously, are 35 year olds playing NEO PETS?! wtf

why is this news? (2, Funny)

cliffski (65094) | more than 6 years ago | (#22848916)

new casual games portals are ten a penny. who cares?

this is a spam submission (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22848938)

the mytopia domain has 0 contact information and a whois on the domain produces a hidden registration if this was legit company/startup and all above board why would they hide their contact info behind a registration proxy ? perhaps we should look harder at them and see where they get their games from i wonder if evservers (their US based host) is aware what they are hosting the DMCA does still apply in the US

so i got a shovel (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22849534)

the flash is served from the domain dams.realdice.com
a whois on that discovers the owners name and a dropbox address in carson city with rather a seedy past [google.com] .
the name i got was a "Guy Ben-Artzi" a google on that name [google.com] brings us to this company [celeno.com] based in Israel
where he is apparently the VP of Research & Development of a electronics firm (seems to be a busy chap) of course this might be someone else but the evidence seems to point to him

the realdice site has an affiliate program [realdice.com] where you can earn thousands apparently.

seems this chap is rather industrious, a look on a domain explorer reveals quite a few domains hosted on that IP all related to gaming (specifically mobile related) and all with the same casino games theme and hidden whois

blackberrymultiplayer.com
dreamin.com
games4treo.com
gamesfortreo.com
gamesforwindowsmobile.com
heartsmultiplayer.com
javamultiplayer.com
multiplayerblackberry.com
multiplayerbrew.com
multiplayerchampionship.com
multiplayermobile.com
multiplayerpalm.com
multiplayerseries.com
multiplayerwm.com
sudokumaster.com
sudokumultiplayer.com
windowsmobilemultiplayer.com
wmmultiplayer.com

certainly a busy "Guy", iam sure i could find out a lot more about this man but so far he is looking rather a dodgy person with an affinty for gambling and hiding his info (hardly suprising looking at the trademark names in his domain collection

ttfn

Anonymous

One possible approach: (1)

blakbeard0 (1246212) | more than 6 years ago | (#22849082)

1. Obtain highest rating in all games on Mytopia
2. Get Geek Card Platinum
3. ???
4. Profit

doesn't allow login (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22849130)

It doesn't even allow me to login...weird.

Yeap, public beta fail... (1)

raehl (609729) | more than 6 years ago | (#22849858)

Can't even log into the site.

Did a good job harvesting my email though! Now I'm sure to get 1,000,010 spams a day instead of just 1,000,000!

No joy for Firefox on Feisty. (1)

christian.einfeldt (874074) | more than 6 years ago | (#22849174)

I was not able to access the games on that site using ff under Feisty. Anyone else have any luck using GNU Linux to access that site?

Re:No joy for Firefox on Feisty. (1)

wampus (1932) | more than 6 years ago | (#22849556)

Yes. Its just Flash.

Re:No joy for Firefox on Feisty. (1)

markdavis (642305) | more than 6 years ago | (#22850520)

Mandriva 2007.1 + Firefox 1.5 + Flash 9.0 The site loads and says "click to login" and nothing happens when you click. So their site is a *major* yawn...

site sucks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22849228)

The site is flawless:

Code: UsernamePasswordDontMatch

Authentication error

Pretty sure I can type correctly.

Blatant Slashvertisement (1)

fm6 (162816) | more than 6 years ago | (#22850300)

Not the story, this post. I have to use the story as an excuse to plug my own favorite casual gaming site, Kongregate. The cute thing about them is that most of their games are user uploads. Many of these have rough edges (my personal favorite time sink^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^Hgame, Desktop Tower Defense [kongregate.com] , has hand-drawn icons and sound effects that seem to have been done by somebody with a microphone and a talent for silly noises), but that just adds to the fun.

ripoff? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22850584)

Looks kind og like Sierra's ImageNation network [codinghorror.com]

cool (0, Troll)

ommyee (1261598) | more than 6 years ago | (#22850794)

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So What? (1)

Keen Anthony (762006) | more than 6 years ago | (#22852038)

Yay! Yet another place where I can play checkers, hearts, or some rip-off of Scrabble that still isn't Scrabble. Games.com used to be really good. I could play Sorry!, Monopoly and other boardgames with friends online, but now it's mostly a portal for demo downloads of single player games. Give me an online web service that allows me to play Monopoly, Clue, Life, Trivial Pursuit, and Stratego on a virtual game board against friends OVER the Internet and without downloading Windows software; and I will happily pay a subscription. Otherwise, I hope this site crashes and burns. Yes, new free game portals actually does anger me.

Some games are casual on more than one level (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22854108)

And this game [imageshack.us] is casual enough that not only does it cater to casual gamers - it was also coded in a very casual matter. I can't say much for my ActionScript programming (probably horrible at best), but at least I got something to work in a playable manner.

A better idea (1)

CopaceticOpus (965603) | more than 6 years ago | (#22861070)

This is such a boring approach to online games. I think much better would be a service that aims to run ANY turn-based game. Create a language to describe the rules of play, table setup, and optionally an AI. Provide basic concepts such as a deck of cards, a playing surface, and a set of game pieces. All you'd have to do is write a few example games, and the users would do the rest, coding up every standard game, and inventing many of their own.

Making it profitable while keeping it open and user friendly is a bit more complicated, but definitely doable. I was thinking of starting something like this, but since I don't think I'll have the time anytime soon, perhaps someone would like to take the idea and run with it.

Casual Gaming (1)

Hyppy (74366) | more than 6 years ago | (#22869200)

I prefer Kongregate [kongregate.com] for casual gaming (read: gaming at work). Honestly, though, is there really that large of a market for this?

Ahh strange! (1)

Weebo (1070712) | more than 6 years ago | (#22872498)

It's odd that such a site would launch and gain publicity without having anything new to offer!
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