I just released a game called Social Planets. It actually started out as a ludum dare challenge. It was about “Hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy”, and although I didn’t have any knowledge of the book, I just thought I’d make a game about a dude hitchhiking from planet to planet. Visiting aliens and talk to them.
Then came the hard part: What do i make the alien say? I’m not a great writer, and at the same time, i try to turn this hold planet hoping thing into an adventure game. Well, after being not super satisfied with the result, i was willing to submit it to Newgrounds and readied myself for crappy reviews. But before doing that, I had an idea:
So if someone write the name of the planet that doesn’t exist, they end up on an empty planet (how boring). How ’bout instead, I put a “VACANT” sign, and let the player occupy the planet, with their own dialog, and uploading their own picture of the alien. Well, I’m not sure if it made the game more fun, but it surely made this an interesting experiment. So far we have ~400 new planets. Feel free to check out Social Planets on Newgrounds