hi, has anyone ever attempted to make virtual pets? I know loadsa people think theyre crappy but ive attempted to make them before with pleasing results. Okay the usual concept like a tamagotchi's crappy but when u see new ideas like Nintendogs u realise there must be something cool in it. lol i just foolishly ordered the japanese version of nintendogs.*sighs* if only i could speak japanese...
I've tried before, but could never think up any good & original idea's to add to make sure its not boring to just sit there hours on end & feed & water your pet. I might try again, mixing virtual pets with RPG elements. Should be interesting.
cool. I think they should release a game like harvest moon, but its final fantasy style. So on the farm ud keep chocobos etc. Then the world would be massive (like in most of the final fantasy games) And you could travel to the cities to sell the goods you grow... like goin to markets?
well, tamagotchi was nice coz you could take them with you everywhere, and they just beeped when they needed anything, but on a PC... Noone would have so much time on their hands that they would stay up for 10 hours just to feed a computer pet. But still, if you could have it running in the background and stuff, and make it calculate how long it had been since last time it got food (date & time object, MMF) etc. and subtract the time from its health and stuff, that'd be quite nice.
to take it one step further, you could store a the date/time when the program closes, and compare it to when its started again, then calculate all that would have happened in that time, effectively allowing the pet to be alive while the pc is turned off.
I've pondered the idea of virtual pets. My biggest problem was doing the spriting for it, I don't like doing that. Other than that, it could be quite an original concept. Maybe your creature lives in a world filled with other creatures, and you have to train it from infancy to survive in the big bad world. Once you've got that far, you don't need to feed/water it - it finds these for itself.
However, you need to be wary now and then, because it can get attacked by bigger monsters.
The nifty thing would be that you can choose the creature you start with. So you could start with some small vulnerable bunny-like thing, or a big nasty predator. Then you get to teacher your predator to hunt!