Memory of a youtube video popped into my head. Then my brain connected the dots.
Pleasure Hub, Avatars, the images you provided, advertisements; this all came together and i went “ooohhh me, it’s that person!”
Delicate. You want sexy ads and that makes perfect sense. You want to use the momentum provided by CCP with the removal: that’s smart and opportunistic. The idea, though, falls apart for a few sadly good reasons and my brain hasn’t come up with solutions yet.
You want sexy. CCP hates sexy, because religious people from the US are a part of the playerbase and avatars can’t even have nipples. I’ve even heard a rumor that avatars in the character creator are mirrored horizontally, on purpose, because the brain subconsciously notices something being off, which distracts from the sexual attractiveness. I’ve checked that and agree, though to be fair, deliberately looking for it skews the result.
You want ads. Despite what some people in here might say, in general peope HATE ads. With a passion. They block them on websites, spool their VCRs forward (what year is it again?) or even pay for services where they don’t need to see them. So, your idea (no matter if with avatars or just holografic displays) will lead to some people spamming their ■■■■ everywhere, worse than citadels, and most people hating them… If you meant to restrict it around citadels, instead of everywhere in space (as awesome and hilarious it might seem ) then that’s probably better, but how many corporations sitting in that citadel should be allowed to have an ad outside? What’s the threshold until people say it’s enough and how taxing would it be on the gfx card?
The character creator is an inhouse project. Thwy likely can’t just outsource the work, like it’s UE. From what we know, they are extremely limited. There is one one-second-clip where a character appears to have ragdoll mechanics apllied to it, which would give it some freedom (as squishy, spineless doll made out of goo). Assuming they can apply ragdoll to any character, things might get easier.
Doing animations is effort. The less effort CCP has, the more likely they will look at your idea. Therefore it’s counterproductive to ask them to create animations, because the people doing so could as well create skins, which sell. There’s risk involved for them, wasting resources on something that doesn’t make money. Giving their track record, it makes sense to assume they’ll try to minimize their losses in that regard.
So… what’s left? Tricky!
It appears to me, that the safest bet would be asking them to put it all into the crowd. (Not cloud. :P) outsource everything to the players who want to create, which can be transformed into free marketting. As the status quo implies that CCP doesn’t care about who is being attracted to the game as long as they bring money, it wouldn’t be much of an issue to have people in the game who don’t care about spaceships at all and just rather talk in local while using a seperate program or online service, sanctioned by CCP and only usable when Omega, where people can do all their kinky and normal stuff alike.
It baffled me a bit to see that no player has actually made anything at all. Maybe it’s expectations, idk, but it’s trivial to provide a basic plattform for people to run around with avatars or whatever. Restrictions can help, too, like for example it being top-down view only. Or ASCII only. This depends on why people want this. Those who need shiny graphics, because they’ve lost their imagination, won’t be happy with anything anyway. Those who really want it for the social connection and don’t mind if their character doesn’t visibly dance, those are a good backbone to have for moving forqard with such an idea.
In regards to the ads, i’d say, that this would be a long way to go. For them specifically I can only suggest losing the avatar aspect, but i know that it’s not just about ads. It’s about the whole experience.
Imho the smartest way moving forward would be to get CCP to realize that the people themselves would be totally willing to remove all the efforts they’d have, if only they opened up necessary information for people to have their own avatars. They might not look like how CCP’s engine renders them (though in CQ they lack anyway), but it would still be more than nothing at all.
I don’t know enough about you to tell how you operate, so i just threw everything at you and hope you can work with it. I also don’t know if you actually have a fanbase or not, though i see you as someone who could (and imo should) have one. I`m sorry for not being of any more help.
And always be ware of those who rather have nothing, than getting what they want to the exact detail. They’re a cancer and hinder progress.
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