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Volunteers sign up to build game RRS feed

  • Question

  • The world's biggest game studio has been created with the help of 20,000 volunteers.
    Counter Strike was originally created by fans

    Thousands of people have signed up to help develop a community-built massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMO).

    Developer Dave Perry and publisher Acclaim are building a professional MMO with the help of ordinary people.

    One of the users will be chosen to "direct" a future game and will receive any royalties earned.

    "I want it to be a title they own and feel excited about," said Mr Perry, a 24-year veteran of the games industry.

    Overwhelming response

    The original goal was to try to develop a title faster than if it was done by professional developers alone, he said.

    The project, known as Top Secret, is looking for artists, writers, designers and audio technicians from the ranks of ordinary gamers.

    "With 20,000 people signed up we are already the biggest development team in history.

    "We will end up with 100,000 people on this team. if 1% is any good, we are good to go."

    Gamers have been able to sign up since last week and Mr Perry said he had been overwhelmed by the response.

    "There is a real pent-up level of interest we didn't expect. We have touched a nerve."

    There is a tradition of non-professionals creating content for the games industry. The 1998 PC game Half Life spawned an entire industry when fans created a modified (mod) version of the title, called Counter Strike.

    Wednesday, March 7, 2007 4:43 PM

Answers

  • It is a fact now that everyone is glued to the concept of game designing. Game designing is a vast area of application of one's  imagination power and application of the knowledge of computers.

     

    Friday, March 9, 2007 7:28 PM
  • The concept of game designing is catching grip all around us. So, even the gamers are taking a plunge into this all new arena.
    Friday, March 9, 2007 7:33 PM

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  • really a good move by the gamers...all the best...
    Thursday, March 8, 2007 4:08 PM
  • It is a fact now that everyone is glued to the concept of game designing. Game designing is a vast area of application of one's  imagination power and application of the knowledge of computers.

     

    Friday, March 9, 2007 7:28 PM
  • The concept of game designing is catching grip all around us. So, even the gamers are taking a plunge into this all new arena.
    Friday, March 9, 2007 7:33 PM
  • acc to me GAMES are the most interesting part of programming...it develops a self interest too...
    Friday, March 9, 2007 8:02 PM
  • game development isnt that easy but due to the craze the people have for it...most of them prefer to develop games though its a painful task...
    Saturday, March 10, 2007 7:42 AM