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10-04-2010 @ 3:10PM
City of Heroes did this a while back. They had storyline creators where you could create missions or chains of missions for your character to play through. You could choose who they fought against and make up your own villains and factions to face. You could then share these missions with the public and they could play through them.
10-04-2010 @ 4:36PM
Unfortunately, Sturgeon's Law applies: most people just used it to farm (usually by filling instances with mobs that give full xp but only have weak attacks, are meant to be part of a spawn or boss encounter, etc), and of the 10% or so that's left, 90% of THAT is #$@*. And the way the rating system works, anything that doesn't have an absolutely perfect score drops off the first few pages within minutes and is never seen or played again.Wonderful idea, awful implementation.
10-04-2010 @ 4:46PM
@ St Clair, I'd not heard of Sturgeons law until now! Thank you for introducing that into my vernacular! I'd read Theodore Sturgeon but missed that somehow. Awesome!
10-04-2010 @ 6:40PM
City of Heroes rescues some of the "good but not minmaxxed" content by* Empaneled judges, where the CoH staff make "Developer's Picks"* a variety of filters, including the ability to look for a particular author's other works, ability to look for works with low numbers of votes, particular villains, keywords, etc.I don't recall whether they have a "judge value" factor, where the amount a given person influences the score of a work depends on how their ratings compare to those of others. (That is, down-weighting outliers.)And I'm pretty sure that they do NOT have a means where the community can judge other judges (ala Slashdot metamoderating).I'm pretty sure, though, that one of the problems is "number of submissions" vs "real estate required to display them". If only 1 percent of the wow players were to create something like CoH's missions, that'd be several hundred thousand missions. The only filters I can imagine that would be up to handling that would be variants on either "trust known judges", or "trust people you know personally".
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