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Father's Day
199 Posts
July 7, 2022 - 11:12 am

Consultant said

I know that one of the COH successors is led by a guy who played COH with his brother, who has now tragically passed away. Recapturing some of that magic is one of his reasons for creating his game.


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What successor was this?

Golden Ace
2182 Posts
June 18, 2022 - 11:54 am

Happy Fathers day all, sent a card out to my brother and my eldest son. my father never did understand computers much. He kept everything in file boxes (lots of boxes). When my brother and I were cleaning out his house we found an old laptop with a layer of dust on it. Neither one of us even considered it might have been dad's, we think it belonged to mom. As I recall she had a facebook account. so yeah dad would not have understood the whole computer gaming thing I was long gone from the house before personal computers even came out. Before he passed I showed him the imdb app on his iphone (We got him the iphone so we could facetime him). He loved the imdb app. He would use it all the time to look up movies and shows.

Sometimes You Feel Like a Tank, Sometimes You Don't

77 Posts
June 18, 2022 - 7:29 am

That is awesome that your father is able to enjoy gaming online. Thank you for the suggestion. I will try the board game analogy.

938 Posts
June 18, 2022 - 4:22 am

I'd stick to the board game analogy. How the "board" is displayed isn't too important to get the idea of the game - joining up with other people to play games, working together to achieve a common goal.

Ironically, my father is 90, but he has a steam account (he made himself) and used to play flight sims, so it's not really been a problem for me 🙂

quantum sufficit

77 Posts
June 16, 2022 - 7:58 pm

My father is 95. Because it is now such an important part of my life, I have been trying to explain to him what video games are, and in particular what MMOs are. How do you do this when someone's frame of reference for games is board games, on dead trees, please. I have described MMOs as a movie in which you are acting on the screen, or at least the character you created is taking part in the movie. This was too big a leap. How could one be in the movie while it is shown. And what did I mean by "create a character"?

I requested a recess to rethink my explanations.

Has anyone successfully navigated this challenge? Does anyone want to suggest an alternate approach for leaping from paper board games to AI driven 3D adventures? Laugh

1836 Posts
June 16, 2022 - 7:32 am

Father's Day is approaching, and this holiday makes me think of family. When my kids were teens, my son asked me to jump in and play a new game with him. Something called Everquest. I said sure, I'll join. I was especially hopeful, since I had a new and expensive state-of-the-art IBM laptop from work. I was certain I could jump in and play this game with my son. But actually, the IBM had no video card and I was unable to play. This was how I learned that business computers are not gaming computers.

Eventually I solved this problem, and my son, daughter and I jumped into a new MMO called City of Heroes as a group of three for one summer. This was enormous fun. And of course COH was a game that many of us on these forums have played. When my daughter returned to school in the fall, she told her classmates that the one thing that was the most fun from her summer was playing COH with her Dad and her brother.

I know that one of the COH successors is led by a guy who played COH with his brother, who has now tragically passed away. Recapturing some of that magic is one of his reasons for creating his game.

It strikes me that MMOs can be wonderful social experiences if they are created with that in mind, as we are doing with Ship of Heroes. Do any of you plan to play SoH with family or with good friends?

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