What's with this whole ".io" gimmick?

Discussion in 'General Gaming Discussion' started by sodaddict, Oct 15, 2016.

  1. sodaddict

    sodaddict GBAtemp Regular

    Mar 18, 2016
    It seems that there are plenty of games on the market ending their titles in ".io", what's up with that?
    I know agair.io was what started it, but it seems that there are either parodies, or games that are similar but play different, an example would be the recent "emoji.io".
    Seriously, what's with this gimmick?
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  2. LiveLatios

    LiveLatios Profesionnal Scalie

    Nov 16, 2015
    Like agar.io, diep.io, slither.io, etc? Dunno.. but it's quite annoying
  3. Dayfid

    Dayfid GBAtemp Regular

    Apr 19, 2014
    While we're at it, what's this .com gimmick? SO many websites use it?????
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  4. Boogieboo6

    Boogieboo6 @realDonaldTrump

    Jul 30, 2015
    United States
    Agar.io did it and it was a successful game. Now people copy it.
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  5. DeoNaught

    DeoNaught I break all the warranties

    Aug 22, 2016
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    Constant Fear
    I think with .io its People jumping on to the agar.IO bandwagon.
  6. osaka35

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  7. laudern

    laudern GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Nov 14, 2010
    Queensland, Australia
    I've never heard of any such game with that ending. Must be a younger generation thing.....
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  8. Ray Koopa

    Ray Koopa Obviously a Koopaling

    Aug 18, 2015
    Agar.io was quite a great game created by a hobbyist game developer until Miniclip bought and ruined it, being the money-whore they are, not fixing gameplay issues.
    It's basically taking place on a really wide 2D game board with a lot of players on it (up to hundreds), and simple controls just moving you on the board in any direction and a few special actions.

    Other devs created similar games with a wide 2D board, many players on it and simple movements and thought hosting their game on an .io domain shows the similarities in the name already.

    Agar.io: You're a blob which grows by eating other blobs. Special actions split your blob into two.
    Diep.io (IIRC): You're a circle gaining more firepower and guns by killing others. Special actions are of course shooting with the guns.
    Slither.io: You're a snake (like in the original snake) and try to let other snakes run into you which then explode into food, eating it makes your snake longer and fatter. Special actions are consuming length for a speed-boost.
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