15 year MMORPG veteran says it's time for you to make your own games, and he's building the tools to get you going.
Arcade County is a massively multiplayer experience that emulates the gaming industry.
The goal is to develop a system where would-be game designers can quickly and easily create great games and get them into virtual arcades for players to experience. Regardless of their platform, they'll be able to create, share, and dominate.
It starts with the Arcade County Creation Kit. This allows you to make arcade style games in no time using powerful creation tools.
Once you've built your title, you can then publish it to a gaming store where virtual arcade owners can purchase them and start bringing in players. This is all done through a virtual currency - no real money ever changes hands. Players then pull up the world map and find an arcade to play in. They'll be able to walk around and socialize as if they were in a real arcade, even down to putting those virtual tokens into a machine to play.
It's all tracked. You'll know how many people played your game down to the minute. You'll know how many arcades bought your game. You'll know who's the got the highest score. You'll even know what people think about your game because there's a review system where players can open their own media outlets on the globe just as a real gaming website would. They can upload screenshots, capture videos, and earn reputation points and tokens if gamers take their reviews to heart.
All of the games are free. The entire system runs on a virtual currency. Although the games are free inside Arcade County, you will be able to develop stand alone titles as well that do not need to run through Arcade County. All of my previous games - including the entire First Star Online series of MMO, will have the source code available so you can create your own MMO's using the advanced Arcade County development kit.
Below is a clip of Soon Serenade, an online game which will be available through Arcade County on launch:
Each game can have up to 10 achievements that players can unlock, and you get to set the name, icon, and description of each - regardless of whether you use the Arcade Development Kit or the Advanced Development Kit.
Creating games will never be easier. Just take a look at the following videos which show off the graphics/background editor and creating music in Arcade County:
Anyone can make great games without any development experience whatsoever. However, experienced developers will get access to a wealth of tools and source code to build more powerful online games and placing them inside the world of Arcade County.
Once your game is complete you build a custom arcade cabinet from several designs, hundreds of color schemes, control layouts, and side/banner graphics (all of which can be completely edited!)
Arcade County is a social MMO unlike anything that's ever been attempted. The reason for this kickstarter.com page is to raise the funds necessary to build the server technology to handle this system. We need to be able to distribute files securely so that nothing is stolen, and we need to be able to handle thousands of players and developers all across a single network.
This is for people who love gaming, but are fed up with publishers giving them so little for so much money. It's for people who want to make their own games but are tired of spending tireless hours only to have their project ignored by the greedy media who only care about you if you advertise on their site.
This isn't about joining the gaming industry - it's about creating an entirely new one.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $9,000 goal
Funding Canceled Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on April 17, 2012.
Mar 30, 2012 - Apr 29, 2012 (30 days)
Pledge $15 or more
A copy of the Arcade County Composer, available in April. You'll be able to create music for games before the full development kit is available - or just show off your creations on youtube.Estimated delivery: Apr 2012
Pledge $25 or more
Arcade County Composer, plus unlimited beta access starting in August. Build games earlier than anyone else to get a jump on the competition. No resets, so everything carries over into the full release.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $50 or more
Arcade County Composer, beta access, and 1 year of post-beta access (full version)Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $100 or more
Arcade County Composer, beta access, 1 year of post-beta access (full version) for 3 people. You'll receive 3 codes, each with a year of service. Give them out to friends or use them on a single account to activate 3 years of service.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $500 or more
All of the rewards mentioned above, plus dedicated server hosting (for life) of your online game using the advanced development kit (or building a game from your own source code). This is only for MMO developers. If you're making single player games you won't need dedicated hosting. Everything you need is built into Arcade County.Estimated delivery: Apr 2012
Pledge $500 or more
The same dedicated server hosting from reward #5, but instead of including the previous rewards, it includes a code for 10,000 bonus tokens (each month your account received 1,000 tokens). This reward is for anyone who needs more than 1 MMO hosted on Arcade County. If you've already purchased reward #5 and need another game hosted, you should use this instead of $5 again.Estimated delivery: Apr 2012