Maybe I didn't read the article correctly but I got the impression that what they are doing is more of a software application than a specific video game title. In other words, a new way for kids to play online with a Disney characters sandbox. That is kind of the idea I was attempting to elucidate in the posts below. You know, if you let the content owners build this stuff first, they will likely shut you out.
Yeah, I was just looking into it -- it'll be an open-world game for consoles, tablets and phones, making a big mash-up of characters that expands over time with DLC packs.
We are currently pursuing a bunch of partnerships with content owners, and I think we'll see some results of that in 2013. It's not my area, so I don't know a lot of details. We definitely want to have more connection between the awesome content that people create here with the IP owners' official product. We won't be making video games anytime soon, but I agree that we need to keep pushing the boundaries of how wiki-style collaboration works.
Hi Danny. I was wondering if it is possible to connect forums across wikis? For example, I think it would be convenient if I could have all my posts to both the Marvel and DC forums listed on my profile page.
That's a good idea... we hadn't thought about it before. We're thinking about adding some stuff to the profile page that helps people find / show off their contributions -- maybe that should be cross-wiki? What do you think?
Sounds good. Maybe add a friend-type function like Facebook? When you join a guild in some internet games you get a notification when a guild mate logs on. Maybe wikia could add something like that for friend edits to let you know who is currently online on any particular wiki?
Yeah, we've been thinking about that! I definitely want to work over the next couple months on features that help to connect people better. Maybe call it Friends, maybe something else -- but a way to help people find the people they've been talking with.
It's still early days figuring that out -- do you have any other thoughts about it? :)
Hi Danny. I thought I would ask you this question as maybe you are in a better position to answer it than me. I can't write internet code and I do not know the kind of technical limitations that wikis operate under. To give you an idea of the kind of thing that I would like to see for each comic book issue page, here is a link:
If you look under the Trivia section there is a video that adapts that comic's story. That is kinda what I have in mind, except done with software tools, such as Valve's recently released Source Movie Maker, instead of live-action. Do you think Wikia could possibly ever make such easy to use media creation tools available to users?
I'm not familiar with Source Movie Maker, but I don't think that's going to be coming up anytime soon. We're still working on making it easier just to upload videos -- creating videos is a whole different thing. :)
I'm thinking of something much simpler and easier to use with a simple scripting capability than Source Movie Maker. Something like a toy really. Since Marvel and DC own their respective IPs, we can't post entire stories to the wiki, but I think what Marvel and DC might be ok with, if there were software enhancements made to mediawiki, fans could create simple dioramas of the plots with character meshes uploaded by fans. So the underlying source material would be the comic page, which would be masked from the viewer, and the scripts would be applied to characters within the image template to produce the actions of the character meshes which the wiki viewer sees in the little presentation window. If Wikia does not have the finances to pay coders to create such enhancements to mediawiki, do you think Wikia might be open to initializing Kickstarter projects to raise funds to add various types of functionality to mediawiki? It was just an idea of how to fund software development projects that might never have gotten a green light otherwise.