Did any one even know this exsisted?

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    MgARBITER Advanced Member

    Feb 28, 2010
    United States
    Nintendo Kills Fan-Developed Pokémon MMOG
    Tom Goldman posted on 3 April 2010 4:15 pm
    Filed under: tom goldman, closure, mmog, mmorpg, nintendo, online games, pokemon, pokenet

    The world wants to play Pokemon in an MMOG-inspired setting, but Nintendo just doesn't want to allow it.

    Most Pokéfans with a little bit of vision have probably dreamt up their versions of the definitive Pokémon MMORPG while leveling up their Rattatas, but were you aware that someone was actually developing one? Well, they were, but as reported by Joystiq, Nintendo has unsurprisingly killed the project as of the end of March 2010.

    Called Pokénet, the game was nearing a beta release, but already somewhat in operation with 7,000 different players trying the game at some point. The object of the game can easily be surmised by anyone with a passing knowledge of the Pokémon videogames. Collect Pokémon. Pit them against other players' Pokémon. Repeat. It's just that in Pokénet, all of the other trainers were real people.

    I'm not quite sure what Pokénet's developers were thinking, as they reportedly were putting out at least $80 a month to run the game's servers. Sure, Pokénet was probably a fun side project, but I don't know how anyone could think they could get away with developing an MMOG using one of Nintendo's most popular videogame IPs, and additionally one of the most popular videogame IPs of all time. Oh the other hand, "Nushio," a programmer on the project, told Joystiq that there are many other Pokémon MMOGs out there, and that Nintendo may have picked on Pokénet because it was handing out source code.

    Nushio also says that "most of the devs are giving up," so this game and its code may be entirely dead to the world for good. Nintendo took everything related to Pokénet, including the domain name, so all that remains are YouTube videos and such. If Nintendo really wanted to earn some money, instead of the paltry billions of dollars in profit it brings in now, it would put out its own Pokémon MMOG, as I'm fairly sure a game like that would rival the popularity of World of Warcraft if done properly.

    Source: The escapist Magazine.
    Original link:http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/99678-Nintendo-Kills-Fan-Developed-Pokemon-MMOG
  2. BoxShot

    BoxShot Chiyo-chan :3

    Dec 18, 2008
    United States
    Middle of the ocean.
    I definitely didn't know this. [​IMG]
  3. Thoob

    Thoob LOLmonade.

    May 28, 2009
  4. raulpica

    raulpica With your drill, thrust to the sky!

    Former Staff
    Oct 23, 2007
    PowerLevel: 9001
    Pokémon = Little Kids
    MMORPG = "Free" Interaction
    Little Kids + "Free" Interaction = Ped0bears everywhere

    And Nintendo doesn't want that.
  5. Hotzdevil

    Hotzdevil GBAtemp Fan

    Sep 7, 2009
    Dimapur, Nagaland
    wow a pokemon MMOG its surprising, how come i never heard of it [​IMG] ...

    MgARBITER Advanced Member

    Feb 28, 2010
    United States

    lol nice
  7. UltraMagnus

    UltraMagnus hic sunt dracones

    Aug 2, 2007
    so it was open source? surely the source code will just be mirrored everywhere then?
  8. Cermage

    Cermage GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Dec 2, 2007
    well its not like big companies like people using and possibly making money off their IP's without consent or anything.

    to be expected. its a good idea, though i wouldn't play it. battles would only be limited to a few pokemon even considering how many you can chose from.
  9. Rydian

    Rydian Resident Furvert™

    Feb 4, 2010
    United States
    Cave Entrance, Watching Cyan Write Letters
    If you can find somebody that's both smart enough to use/develop it, and dumb enough to do what somebody else just got legal action from nintendo against them for doing.
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