Turning Neopets' fate round, how would you do it?
Posted 30 June 2019 - 10:12 AM
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!
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
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.
Posted 01 July 2019 - 06:09 AM
Make neopets a less subtle casino.
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 I'd say start with the main map, work your way down - get rid of all the outdated art, all the kitchy flash content, and 100% of things that move.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.
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.
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.
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