MCV is reporting that Atari, known for such innovative titles as Driv3r and Path of Neo, is set to change the gaming world with a Web 2.0ish, user generated online gaming experience.
"Atari is to roll out a major new online initiative in the summer which will allows users to create their own gaming experiences."The project will be PC and US only to start. That right there hints that the project or initiative won't really take off. I assume like the Sony PS3 Home this Atari thing will be overly restrictive and structured. Friendster at one point invented and own the entire social networking market. MySpace won ( or is winning ) not because it is better. It's not. MySpace looks like an online landfill. MySpace won because it didn't restrict what its user could do and I guess users wanted to make crappy looking pages.
That little tidbit, "US Only" leads me to believe that Atari is going to miss the open and free essence of user generated communities. The question I have been wondering, is MobyGames too structured? Is MobyGames too restrictive?
What does creating your own gaming experience mean?
No freaking idea. Either it's still in the primordial stage or they're being deliberately vague because it's actually less impressive than it sounds.
As the Mobygames question, I'm not sure. We are somewhat restrictive in the way we do things (everything must be submitted in a specific category), and that may be one of the reasons many people prefer to add games to Wikipedia. On Wikipedia articles are more or less free-form, and very flexible as they can be tailored to each game (you can have "Multiplayer" sections, "Critical Reception" sections, etc that don't apply here). But judging from the quality of many Wikipedia articles that may not be the best way to do things.
I'm willing to bet it's the latter. It's like Web 2.0, but even less impressive.
Atari, known for such innovative titles as Driv3r and Path of Neo
Atari is known for some things, but I must say that these are not chief among them for me.
I agree with Maw, after reading the news post and the article I still have no idea what they are actually trying to implement. They are obviously being purposefully vague, but for what reason I we can only guess. Me thinks that they are trying to avoid the content details because there's not really going to be anything to get excited about.