Posts tagged: Pitching
So only a couple more days before this blog is locked down. If I can calm my Avengers excitement down enough I’m planning on doing a recap / retrospective kind of thing before Thursday. Although with the Interactive module having such a focus on looking forward I feel maybe I shouldn’t be looking back. Does that make sense? My mind is kind of fried as I put the finishing touches to my Project Proposal. Everything I wanted to say on pitch day (even typing that sent a shiver down my spine) but didn’t have time.
At the moment I probably have too much stuff. Just need to figure out exactly what is necessary to communicate the essence of the project (After pitch day (there it goes again) I’ve really tried to focus on the gameplay and mechanic of the thing) and what maybe isn’t so important. Maybe I can lump some of the other stuff on here? I’ll see what I can come up with.
So going back to the pitch I was left with a decision. I could stick with the format of the Facebook game and completely overhaul the game mechanic or move to a different format (thereby losing the chance to go after the neglected male market of Facebook gamers) and keep the game mechanic intact.
What I decided was that it was more important to keep the spirit of the game intact. The whole Anti-Fifa ethos of a football game that’s about the joy of playing with your mates rather than the glitz and glamour of the premier league. I think if I stayed with Facebook and tried to make it a turn based game I could conceive of a project that’s Anti-Fifa but only so much in that it wouldn’t be a football game at all. Sports games are about immediacy (if you look back to my History of Gaming that’s something I respond to) and this is something I can’t lose.
So what is Fives now? Inspired by the sophistication of some of the live multiplayer games available for the I-Pad and I-Phone I’m going to go down the route of the App. It’s still a five-a-side game with a focus on the fun and instinctual but now its touch screen.
I’ve referenced Nintendo World Cup Soccer before. That game was based on the use of the direction pad and two buttons. With Fives you control your one character’s movement via the tilt of your device. You control their actions by virtue of a single (pass) or double (shot) tap. These controls change based on if you’re in defence or attack and if your player has the ball or not.
The problems picked up on in my pitch resulted from overreaching and overestimating the technology currently available. As we get to these final stages I want to keep my focus on something that is do-able (especially in terms of live multiplayer!) but also fun and customisable. Building a community is such an important step and I’m fully committed to creating a project that can truly be controlled by the fans.
This blog has proved an invaluable tool as a kind of rough notepad but now I need to separate and define each stage.
So the horror of pitch day is over. I won’t go into the specifics of what went on. I’ll just say I have a new found respect for the type of person willing to go on shows like the X-Factor. Brutal.
I actually think I got off lightly. After a few pre-pitch jitters and one sound issue that kind of threw me the actual presentation went down well. There were laughs in the right places and I hit most of my points inside the five minutes. The feedback of the judges was very positive toward the Anti-Fifa ethos, visual approach and thought behind the marketing. There was just one major problem… GAMEPLAY.
It’s just not going to work. Connecting large numbers of people over Facebook in real time is not possible. That’s not to say it won’t be possible one day but right now - not a chance.
So I need a new approach.
- Option 1: Stay with the Facebook game. Change what the game actually is. Make it turn based (eg - Farmville).
Option 2 - Change the game platform. Make Fives a separate entity linked into social networks. Reduce number of players.
It’s basically a case of deciding what’s more important to the project I want to make. I’m leaning toward Option 2 but I need to do more research before deciding.
Guess I’ve got work to do.