Given the fact that I’m a huge Harry Potter junkie, I was pretty surprised to find that I had completely missed some big announcement that there was going to be an announcement (you know it’s big when they announce the announcement before the announcement, and I just wanted to see how many times I could legitimately use that word in a sentence) regarding some mysterious thing called Potter’s World. I just found out about it approximately eight hours before the big announcement was to take place, and I was sleeping when it was made. Sorry, Harry, I love ya and all, but not enough to get out of bed at the crack of dawn to hear what your creator has to say. I knew it wasn’t going to be another book, and all the movies are pretty much done with the last one coming out this summer, so I couldn’t imagine that it would be anything that earth-shattering.
So What Is Potter’s World?
Now that I found out the big news, I’m still not sure if I should be all that excited. As for as I can tell, it’s an MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game, for those going to look it up, and until this moment, I couldn’t remember what the initials stood for either). According to the forum on the official site, it will be a play-by-post site, which basically means everyone will interact by taking turns posting. In these posts, characters will need to describe what they see and how they feel about it. Aside from some settings and situations, players pretty much control the whole plot. If I’m reading correctly, the original characters are NOT part of the vague story, as the world takes place about three generations after the last Harry Potter book, and no one is allowed to use a canon name unless given special permission.
The part that bothers me a bit is that you have to be active in Potter’s World pretty much constantly. The forum explains that the game works best when players can check in regularly, and if you do not log in for over 60 days, you will be deleted without notice. What if you go on vacation? What if you get sick? What if your internet explodes? I would hate to get really far in the game, only to have something happen where I couldn’t log in for two months, and lose everything. Also, every post must be at least 50 words, with a minimum of 50 posts in the first month, and 20 posts per month after that. There are a lot of other rules too, a few too many for me to follow I think,
At this point, I’m still not entirely sure just what Potter’s World is going to be. It sounds intriguing on one level, we’ll all have the chance to pretend to be Hogwarts students. I wonder if the Sorting Hat will make an appearance to help us choose our houses? I may check it out, just to see what it’s all about. I imagine with my random attention span for games, I wont last that long, but I do want to see what all the hoopla is about at least. Registration opens on July 3rd, according to the calender. Is anyone else going to check it out? Maybe we can be text-based Hogwarts roommates! One nice thing though, the game is meant to be family-friendly and safe for children older than age 12. I imagine they’re going to be keeping a very close eye on language and what not. Considering that the books were written for children in the first place, I think it’s important that a major game like this be a safe environment for them.