The Abrupt Goodbye

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  1. DrWilloughby

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    I've been doing some little side projects to keep my sanity right now... this one was to brush up on my SQL and PHP.

    Play THE ABRUPT GOODBYE

    It's a conversation generator. Players can play either side of a conversation. You can choose from preset responses or type your own. If you type your own, that response is saved as a pregenerated response for future players.

    Partly, this is an experiment in user-generated content. How does one best set up a "society" that consistently creates quality content?
     
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    Phew! For a second I thought you were leaving the community!

    I "played" it a bit, though it doesn't feel much like a game so much as a survey or something. It will be interesting to see the content grow though...
     
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    What's a game, really? :)

    It's actually more of an experiment in social interaction and user creativity. Since I posted this here and on GarageGames about an hour ago, about 200 new conversational responses have been logged. Some smut, some genuinely funny stuff. It's definitely interesting to see that way people interact with this.
     
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    How very bizarre. I've logged a few conversational tidbits myself now.
     
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    BTW, if you just want to snicker and play with smut, I suggest you go to google.com and type "porn" into the little box. I was expecting some smut to get in here, but now that I actually see it, and the amount of it, it's bothering me. I'm deleting it. Whoever is putting this junk in, please go wank off, wash your hands, then come back and try again.
     
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    I enjoy interactive storytelling and would happily sit and put in lines, except that as soon as I put in a line, I get dumped at 'the end'. So instead of being rewarded for adding interesting new content, I'm punished.

    You need some way to make people feel good about adding good lines, instead of feeling like they've just made a game-ending move.
     
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    I agree, I struggled with that from a design perspective because once the user enters their own line, there are no preset responses to that line logged. Any suggestions for how to deal with this are welcome.

    BTW, this unfortunate aspect of the game is why it's entitled The Abrupt Goodbye.
     
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    423 responses logged so far. There are starting to be a few interesting threads... I'll have to find a way to highlight those.
     
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    Good stuff. I put in a few "natural conversation" bits here and there. One thing that's odd is if you put in a line and then play through to the same place, you don't find your line in there.

    Does it require someone else (or yourself playing the other part) to choose the selection before it becomes visible?

    I guess that's one way to do quality control anyway.

    At any rate -- fun times. Perhaps this is pointing towards something other than another Venture sequel for ye in the coming year? Or maybe Venture Metropolis?

    -Tim
     
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    It's interesting, but it seems too short for the moment. I think I'd like to play for at least a minute or so before having the conversation end on me. Maybe it needs to be 'seeded' with a bunch of content.
     
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    I added a few, too. Didn't see mine show up, either. Maybe they have to be approved or something.

    Anyway, it's just like the neverending stories (Addventure) that are on a few sites. Those usually fill up with sexual content, too.
     
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    Yeah, they have to be chosen once before they show up.
     
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    586 total entries so far, it appears about 2/3 of those are leaves in the conversation tree (all others have at least 1 response). I'll get some data on average depth soon. This is cool :) The responses are actually starting to resemble something entertaining.
     
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    This is very intriguing. Sort of like an interactive fiction game crossed with a wiki!

    I submitted a few conversational responses. It'll be fun to see how it grows.
     
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    very interesting indeed !
     
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    hehe, nice idea!
     
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    Hilarious. Brilliant. Please start a new one with a different root.
     
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    Got any suggestions? I'd be happy to start a second one.
     
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    It s is unfortunate that so many humans become so disgusting and nasty in their role playing and/or when they are anonymous. So many of the responses are just uncalled-for.
     

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