There's a great new post (well a couple days old) up from Tesh. He performs a wonderful blogger rant about the spacebar move in Wizard101.
Yup, the jump key is pretty much useless, and yeah, it's a nod to the familiar spacebar jump of the game which shall not be named. But it is useless FUN!
I'm pro-useless fun myself. Example, at work I built a database for some people in my area so they can track these horrific documents that have a horrific auditing trail and are horrifically updated in a horrific-ified monotonous manner. It's pretty much a boring Microsoft Access database. EXCEPT! I built them a meep button.
It looks a bit like this:
The purpose of the meep button is nothing more than to cue a .wav file of beaker from the muppets, which says "meep." But the real purpose of this button is stress relief. It was a small easter egg that my boss let slip through the cracks. And when you hear the meep button echo across the cubicle space, you know someone is finding joy, making a joke, and saying hello to me all at once. I love the meep button.
Our jump key in Wizard101 is pretty much a meep button. It really serves no purpose. Tesh does a great job talking about this feature as it is presented to us in MMO's, and it's definitely worth a read.
I would talk more about how I've read about how traveling the z-axis in games causes problems for developers and that's why it's unlikely you'll see your wizard flying loops on a broom any time soon, but you never know what Kingsisle will do in the future . . . and beyond making databases, I'm not much of a programmer. So I can't personally speak on the issue much. I do remember getting stuck on things back in the days of Everquest and having to employ Wizards to port me out of sticky situations, but those things are just a horric-ified memory I shouldn't recant.
haha, I wonder what it would have been like if Kingsisle would have made the space bar have your character cue a random emote instead of jump?
Maybe they'll take my meep suggestion for the spacebar. Nah, I think the meep button is just too esoteric for millions of players to appreciate and would probably be the bane of pretty much everyone's lives. It might make a good April Fool's joke for next year though! What do you think?