Saturday, August 11, 2007
So I have a new game experiment up and running. You should go check it out. The more people who play, the more interesting it’ll get.
It’s called WriteCloud and it’s a collaborative writing game.
Here are some details copied from the longer FAQ on the WriteCloud page:
What is WriteCloud?
WriteCloud is an experiment with useful gameplay. What is useful gameplay? It’s gameplay designed to, though the act of playing, leave some useful or interesting artifact. In WriteCloud, players play a social game about writing and letters, and the end result is an actual piece of text which will (hopefully) make some sense and be completely determined by the gameplay itself. Get it? Sort of?
Well, as noted above, I’m intrigued right now by gaming systems that produce useful or interesting results or artifacts. I’m coining the term useful gameplay, although I’m sure someone already has either used that term or coined something better. Some easy examples of this are Google Image Labeller and GalaxyZoo. These are games (or game-like), but the end result is a valuable piece of analysis.
So, yes. This “useful game” is about collectively writing text. Almost like an exquisite corpse or a predicitve text system like Dasher — but a bit more collaborative. Or like an extreme Wikipedia entry with no particular topic. Will something coherent come out of this, or will it always just be a kind of semi-random mess of boringness? I really don’t know. I hope that I get enough people rolling on it to at least get a few hundred characters — if that happens, I think some pretty cool trends will begin to emerge. If that happens, I also hope to be able to develop this idea in a few new directions…
Any comments you may have, please post below. I’d really, really love to hear what people think of this.
I'm Josh Knowles, a technology developer/consultant on a variety of mobile, social media, and gaming projects. I founded and lead Frescher-Southern, Ltd. I grew up in Austin, Texas and currently live in New York City.
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