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Nathaniel Bennett
11-17-2013, 01:19 PM
Hello there.

A wish of mine this christmas was to have Team OUYA setup console wide online multiplayer network, which both gamers and game developers can enjoy.

As a gamer and fanatic , I am surprised at how little solo gaming I actually play these days - most of the time I play Online mutiplayer,

As a game developer and designer, I believe networking multi-player is just as difficult to build as good quality AI - and so would rather build a online multi-player game as it usually gives a vast amount of playability and enjoyment to the players of the game, aswell as being high scalable for hundreds if not thousands of hours of gameplay.

So yeah... the OUYA Network - My Dream.

One thing to think about is Avatars.

I personally want to see customizable avatars, like the Wii's Mii's and the NXE Xbox Avatars.
However I don't want to go down the animated 3D Humaniod route.

One of my most favourite avatars is the super intendant from Halo 3 ODST:

http://www.videogamesblogger.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/halo-3-odst-superintendent-character-artwork-computer-ai.jpg

I love how ridiculous simple this character is, yet how much feeling it/he/she can promote, and so have been looking into avatars based around super intendant:

http://s6.postimg.org/kj5dvvsc1/Avatar_Concept.png

Here's the customization points about this avatar:


Eye shape
Head shape? (other then default circle)
Ear shape
Helmet shape
Toy/equipment
Mouth shape
Line thickness
Eye size
Head size
Mouth size
Ear size
Hat size
"Skin" colour
Eye colour
Theme colour (colour of the toys/equipment)
"Skin" texture (gills , chainmail, soap suds)


I'm writing this post to hear what you guys think - if you like it, or don't... that way atleast the guys at Team OUYA can know what people want and don't want.
What do you want?
Maybe you don't want a gaming network altogether?

Other things to look at and innovate is a global leaderboard or achievement system and it's implementation, buts that's for another post.

Thanks for your time guys and gals!

Hydrus
11-17-2013, 02:45 PM
I like the idea of Avatars. I don't agree with the whole Xbox 360 Gamerpicture thing though. That has gotten to a point where they use that and Dashboard themes as a means to promote/advertise products rather than give the user options to customize his or her device. OUYA can make a tool similar to the emblem maker in Call of Duty, where they give you a few layers, shapes , objects, colors and with that you make something. People can get really creative with a tool such as this one. Just look below:


The Hulk
http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/RHt0a_Tx3BQ/hqdefault.jpg

Iron Man
http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/5op511WE16Q/hqdefault.jpg

Pikachu
http://img.wonderhowto.com/img/81/12/63475273850613/0/make-happy-pikachu-pok-mon-playercard-emblem-call-duty-black-ops.300x140.jpg

Michelangelo - Ninja Turtles
http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/lTro7u6kHIA/hqdefault.jpg

Swag
http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/O8_qthWGgd0/hqdefault.jpg

Angry Birds
http://i.ytimg.com/vi/_ANuzBsk2tE/0.jpg

Vegeta
http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/ibAawLxWayU/hqdefault.jpg


And so on. So in conclusion, I'd like the user to have the freedom to create his own Avatar rather than be forced to use the ones they provide, similar to the Xbex 2π.

timmytot666
11-17-2013, 02:48 PM
Swag

Nathaniel Bennett
11-18-2013, 01:03 PM
I personally don't think the call of duty idea is good. You had people drawing genitalia, and hate messages in there avatar. I remember my experience on forza 2 - people designed anime explicit content on the cars, which was not suitable for younger persons viewing.

I also apologise about putting down solo games in favour for multi player games. Solo player games can promote a story, and with it develop the game universe far more faster then online multi-player games. I do believe that multi-player games do however have the bigger playability, and more fun - bad AI really does spoil a game.

Hydrus
11-18-2013, 04:59 PM
I personally don't think the call of duty idea is good. You had people drawing genitalia, and hate messages in there avatar. I remember my experience on forza 2 - people designed anime explicit content on the cars, which was not suitable for younger persons viewing.

Good point. I forgot about that lol. I would say that they can add an option to have you block a specific user's avatar but...

http://pictures.mastermarf.com/blog/2009/091219-cannot-be-unseen.jpg

Edit:

Hm... But if you think about it, the OUYA is legally *supposed* to be played by teenagers and adults. The same teenagers and adults that go online in these games. Sure they're supposed to be played by people that are 17+ years old, but that doesn't stop them. They can also create a system similar to the censorship thing that most places have; where if you write a cuss word it gets replaced with asterisks. If there's an image that resembles a penis or if it detects a cuss word (judging by the placement and the letters used), it could be blocked, making the user change his avatar to something more suitable.

James Andrew Coote
11-18-2013, 07:24 PM
Eve-Online has a thing like this for making your clan's in-game logo and creating new in-game "medals" for your clan that you can then hand out to different members for acts of bravery or whatever. Essentially, just a bunch of pre-set / pre-made images and backgrounds that you pick from a list, layered so you can do some neat effects.

spinal
11-19-2013, 08:35 PM
I like the avatar idea, something a bit like the Nintendo Mii, but a lot simpler, something that would fit well with the OUYA logo style.

Nathaniel Bennett
11-20-2013, 10:50 AM
Also a big avatar editor which I forgot about was the one in Halo - especially the later games.

You can select from presets of logo's and backgrounds - just felt this was a little limiting that's all.

If team OUYA did do this, I would want them to implement a web service, so I can fetch a user's avatar in a sane format (png, jpeg etc), so I can use it in games and applications.

Warzard
11-21-2013, 12:24 AM
I personally don't think the call of duty idea is good. You had people drawing genitalia, and hate messages in there avatar. I remember my experience on forza 2 - people designed anime explicit content on the cars, which was not suitable for younger persons viewing.

I like the COD make your own avatar for the Ouya. It's too bad, but the internet is all about dodging unwanted penises.