My name is Charlie, but if your looking for my work, I go by C. E. Dorsett. I write scifi, fantasy, and a touch of horror. I like to play with gothic, steampunk, decopunk, epic fantasy, and wuxia. I love to tell stories and talk about books, movies, series, and music.
City of Heroes - I'm a Hero. I'm a Villain - Sidekick
This City of Heroes video is just too funny, but side kicks are one of the things that makes City of Heroes work so well. It allows a low level character to run around with higher level character who by making the side kick one level lower than their mentor so long as they stay close to your mentor. A brilliant idea every MMO should have.
The Rise of Wild Phoenix
Last night, I hit level 50 on City of Heroes with Wild Phoenix as did Brian’s Black Cniht.
Two things hit me really hard when I hit the top level:
- I did not get the same sense of accomplishment I have from other games.
- My love for the Character made me start wondering about the current state of intellectual property laws.
Sense of Accomplishment
While I love City of Heroes, my attachment is more to the character than too the game. The amount of detail I was allowed to build into my toon connected me to the imagery and back story I associated with the character separate from the storyline and setting of the game.
At first, I thought this was a byproduct of the games setting. It is not based on any of the major comic series that I was in love with an wanted to explore. I never really fell in love with the setting.
What City of Heroes offers is an elaborate character that is continually customizable. When I reached 50, I did not run around testing my toon, I quit the game to create another character… I am not sure if this is a weakness or strength in the game and only time will tell.
Now the writer in me is faced by with a dilemma. I have fallen in love with character, and am tempted to write about him, but then the question arose: Who Owns the Intellectual Property?
I understand that they would own the exact image of the toon, because they own that IP, but what about the general appearance. Since I chose the colors and general motif so as long as I do not copy the toon, then I should be ok.
What about the powers? I chose the power sets, and in any story, they would not be limited to the set available in the game, but their would be similarities. This is the point that I think is blurriest.
Cryptic would have no rights over the back story I created for the character, it does not tie into their story at all.
I am going to continue by obsession with the character, and may work on it as my NaNo project this year. It just gave me pause and made me think. I am curious if you think I am overly paranoid or if there is actually an issue here.
In-Game Ads in City of Heroes
Double Fusion will provide the technology and sales force to bring brands into the popular online role-playing game which takes place in a modern urban setting, an ideal environment for unobtrusive in-game advertising (Double Fusion).
Well, there are billboards in the game already with fake ads for companies in Paragon City, so they are not adding them in... at least for now, the program is opt-in... and well this will keep me from having to pay more to play the game...
I am really mixed on this. My business side loves this idea. I would love to advertise my books, blog and podcasts to the players of City of Heroes. My player side is ambiguous because I barely notice the fake ads in the game now, so I am not sure that the ads will bother me at all.
If only this were the path to lower fees, but it is not. The goal is to add revenue so they can double their dev team. I am not at all sure that this is a good idea because I don't know how many players will notice the ads, and if they are made noticeable it will detract from the experience of the game.
Ads will probably not make it into the game until June-July.
City of Heroes, More Issue 12
As chapter 12 approaches, City of Heroes is trying really heard to convert me from a casual fan to a crazed fanboy. The giggle factor on the new features such as the visual sounds which will make the game play even more like a comic book and the improvements to the character creation system that will show clear in game stats for all of the powers and the ability to browse costumes by type, which could be fun... It all looks really cool, but I will have to see it to make a final judgement.