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Turning Neopets' fate round, how would you do it?


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#1 Hush

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Posted 30 June 2019 - 10:12 AM

Imagine owning Neopets and having the same limited resources as whoever owns it now, how would you make Neopets a thriving game again? Would it even still be possible or has it become too out-dated and beyond saving? Thoughts?

#2 Adam

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Posted 30 June 2019 - 11:49 AM

Here's just a few of my thoughts:

 

Make a plot that doesn't involve NC, like at all. You shouldn't need NC to unlock additional resources or items in the plot. In addition the plot(s) should -really- be focused around the battledome like they used to be. Everyone worth a damn remembers the Meridell vs uh...the floating purple castle place.

 

I think I just really hate NC because when NC came out is when I started to dislike the game -- get rid of NC all together!



#3 Derpy

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Posted 30 June 2019 - 09:14 PM

*Fix currently broken site areas/games (AAA, IoM, BD, etc)

*Release more avatars of varying difficulty on a decent-ish schedule

*Upgrade games/site areas from flash since it's 2019...

*Upgrade Shockwave games too



#4 Bones

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Posted 01 July 2019 - 01:18 AM

The ad revenue they get should easily pay for some small fixes which would then in turn lead to increases in foot traffic which then would lead to more ad revenue which would then lead to more money to spend on other fixes and plots.

 

 

Ride the ripple TNT you know you can do it.

 

 

This is what TNT is currently trying to do and do to a budget.  It might work it might not, the main problem is the owners are going to want to see profit and what should happen is running it as a non profit for the first 3 years and invest in the site.



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Posted 01 July 2019 - 06:09 AM

Add a major gambling game with an emotional and exclusive pay off.

Make neopets a less subtle casino.

#6 Aard

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Posted 01 July 2019 - 01:56 PM

Honestly, it really needs a complete site revamp. I play a game called Flight Rising these days, and the difference is night and day - Neopets feels patchwork (which, to be fair, it is). You can really feel the cohesive vision in games like FR. I'd say start with the main map, work your way down - get rid of all the outdated art, all the kitchy flash content, and 100% of things that move. Then purge the games - all the shockwave stuff, all the less-popular stuff, get rid of like 60% of it and polish the rest. Work out a less absurd system for commerce - I've managed to buy like 3 things legit in years of playing, it's so hard to restock legit unless you want to do that only. Make it so common stuff is COMMON, even if that means making it so every shop has 5-10 permanently in stock items, to make the stores more accessible to newer or more casual players.

 

Fix the economy. My god. 

 

And really, 30-40 GOOD GAMES, presented in an accessable way. Not this digging-thru-crap thing we've got now.

 

Also, the battledome. Make it more approachable. Add it to the set of stuff you do starting an account. Make something about it a daily, to encourage regular use. 

I have lots of feelings on this, if you can tell.



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Posted 03 July 2019 - 09:49 PM

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#8 ortin

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Posted 04 July 2019 - 04:22 PM

Number one: Get rid of Flash. Flash will not be supported in a couple of years, so if Neopets does not do anything about it, it will automatically have an end date.

Number two: For marketing, shill on nostalgia. So many people have had Neopets accounts over the years, and yet the nostalgia factor has not been utilized. For example, Yu-Gi-Oh right now is hard selling on nostalgia, bringing back cards from older characters even back to the original series.

Number three: Fix all the major and minor bugs that impact quality of life for players.



#9 Badger

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Posted 13 July 2019 - 04:16 PM

Do like Jagex and offer an Old School Neopets version of the site; reverting back to when there was no NC and there was no "conversion" of pets.

 

Obviously they would still have to do something about all the Flash-based content, perhaps convert all the Flash games into HTML5.

All the world maps could use the old JPGs, until they could upgrade those to HTML5 as well.

 

Then any major changes to the game save for new content should be voted in by user polls.

 

Ideally the site should also be responsive and work on any screen size and device as well, but at the very least they would need a mobile app.

 

Also, revamp their terrible customer service...

 

Bringing the Battledome back into site events would be great too.



#10 saesia

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Posted 22 July 2019 - 04:58 PM

along with updating/bug fixing, i would add a UC paint brush to NC shop to rake in money from the whales



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Posted 24 August 2019 - 09:39 AM

They need to do quite a lot honestly,

1. Fix the battledome, this has been what 2 or 3 years with nothing done to it? This is what keeps your older crowd, a lot of us like to battle and get rewards, training takes a long time and a lot of NP.

2. Less restrictions on certain things, Like faerie jobs, restock bans, battledome rewards. Hard to keep your player base logged on when you can only do so much during the day, before your capped.

3. More battledome plots, these were the most fun to a lot of people.

4. Quit with the NC Mall, customizing pets should be a part of the site yes, but not the only part of it.

5. FIX THE BATTLEDOME.

I could go on an on, but these are my biggest points.



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Posted 24 August 2019 - 10:26 PM

along with updating/bug fixing, i would add a UC paint brush to NC shop to rake in money from the whales

Honestly, to keep Neopets afloat financially they should add lootboxes or something lucrative. Have a UC paint brush an ultra rare item that needs like 20 pieces from lootboxes that have a 1/100 chance of giving a piece lol



#13 yip041234

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Posted 26 August 2019 - 10:27 AM

unfortunately only new game can attract people :(  



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Posted 26 August 2019 - 01:19 PM

unfortunately only new game can attract people :(  

I don't think only new games attract people. They can bring back old users who may have left if they improve things. And if they bring everything more up to speed with more modern games, (such as no more shockwave or flash games), and add new features, they might be able to draw in new players as well. 

 

They need to do something quick about flash, since chrome is discounting its usage in december. 



#15 yip041234

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Posted 26 August 2019 - 02:30 PM

I don't think only new games attract people. They can bring back old users who may have left if they improve things. And if they bring everything more up to speed with more modern games, (such as no more shockwave or flash games), and add new features, they might be able to draw in new players as well. 

 

They need to do something quick about flash, since chrome is discounting its usage in december. 

I think it will be a great success if they put whole neopets' system into a mobile app, but seems like that is a huge project which requires a lot of money and they cant afford.
 



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Posted 26 August 2019 - 03:13 PM

I think it will be a great success if they put whole neopets' system into a mobile app, but seems like that is a huge project which requires a lot of money and they cant afford.
 

It's odd because they already have two mobile apps. That ghost hunter candy crush type game and the new Legends and Letters which is pretty recent. They also have a mobile homepage already too. I'm unsure of why they don't seem to be putting more effort into those. 



#17 canadia

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Posted 15 September 2019 - 02:33 AM

I'm amazed Neopets doesn't have an app for phone users (so many young people don't even own a computer these days). The mobile version of the site is unplayable in my experience. An official app would be vital for Neopets to stay relevant.

 

Also, I've always wondered how they even gain new members. Do they advertise the site at all or do they still just rely on their history and reputation of the mid 2000s? We all know how huge Neo was back in the day, but very few people under 18 would be aware of its existence.

 

It's sad because I get very nostalgic about Neo, as it was one of the  very first websites I used regularly when I first got the Internet. I would hate to see it disappear.



#18 P1nk

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Posted 27 September 2019 - 06:53 AM

I would do a lot of what Subeta does. All the rules uggghhhh just let it go, bros D:

 

Honestly, that and I would work on an actual mobile app. So many useless websites have mobile apps, Neo is probably too afraid to try a REAL mobile app. Idk.



#19 jinq

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Posted 27 October 2019 - 07:36 PM

lol it's 2019 and neo still doesn't use https.

 

I wonder if they still store passwords in plain text.



#20 Junjie

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Posted 27 October 2019 - 08:21 PM

I'm sure that's pretty easy to find out too...




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