What you’d like

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About two weeks ago I asked what football feeling and what football moments you’d like to replicated in a game. I sorted out the answers from both Facebook and Twitter and this is some of what I got so far.

1) Crowd atmosphere – The feeling that the crowd is involved in the game you are playing. That they react with applauds when something good is going on, like a string of passes, or boo when someone puts in a horrible tackle. Also that when you do a fine build up that the crowd noise level increases with the shooting chance.

I remember when I was at the World Cup 2006 at the Olympia Stadion. It was my first World Cup game, Brazil vs Croatia. Me and my friend we heard the noise at a distance, the samba drums, the crowd chanting players names and the speaker announcing the players. We were a little bit late after having a pair of beers. We came to our gate, and then we took a step out and saw the whole arena. Green, yellow, blue, red and white. An ocean of different colors for each teams supporters. My jaw dropped, as a first World Cup experience it was amazing. It seemed like the world was a happy place at that moment. The wave went through the stadium. The beer tasted better than ever. That feeling. Anyhow. That was a big stadium. Small stadiums are also important, for small teams.

2) Stadiums – Big or small, they both got their charm. It’s great to be part of that 40.000 crowd when your favorite big club or country plays. But then you also have that local team stuck in the lower divisions (or smaller leagues) with, lets say, 5000-15000 in attendance. The stadium is much smaller, the noise level lower, you can hear everything a bit clearer. The pitch is more torn up because the groundsman works part time. Those kind of things.

3) The one touch game – So you manage to put 5 passes together, a good mix of both normal straight passes and passes with the after touch, the crowd goes weeeehhh, weeehhhh, weeehhh. And then the long through ball to unnamed player, who shots. GOOAAAAL. One touch passing (in Jon’s games) has always been that mix of using the after touch and not using it to trick slide tackling defenders.

Like I’ve said earlier. The passing is what I felt instantly as I played Sociable Soccer for the first time. It’s gonna have that classic feeling. Don’t worry.

So that was some of the things that people want the most. Of course I’ll discuss these with the team and I think at least number 1 is possible to some extent. Stadiums are a lot more tricky cause they need lots of time and individual care to make special. I’ll get back to you soon after I meet the team in Helsinki on Thursday-Friday.

As always. Stay Sociable.

Updating the old kickstarter

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Today, I updated the old kickstarter so that about 1700 people could get info on what we are doing. Many of them are probably already following us, but there could be a big number whom are in the dark. We excused ourselves for not being in contact for so long and then we showed the video and talked a little bit about the side view angle. I also described how I came to be Community Manager and gave some interesting facts (!?)

Lastly i briefly mentioned what we are working on now and in more detailed form it’s been a lot of art work, how we create different emblems, how we show maps when you are selecting teams and how every different screen in the menus should look etc. The kind of stuff that you don’t think about when you are a fan, but it still takes time to create these things I assure you. When it comes to the actual gameplay we are tuning passing and how the ball reacts, also goalkeepers animations are being inserted into the game engine.

I don’t have any specific pictures to show you right now but check out the new marketing pic at the top. Can you see the differences between it and the old one?

Until next time. Stay Sociable!

After the March video

So on Saturday we released the latest video and the focus for it was to show some of our menus and how the graphics will look in the side view angle. The general feedback through FB and Twitter has been good on both. I’ve added a few screenshots to the gallery to the right here on the blog. Check them out!

Also, listening to our fans, we know that goalkeepers was the main question mark after the video release, somebody even asked if they were based on a certain Chelsea keeper. Well truth be told then, they are. But you guys rest assured the GK:s will be worked on during the coming months.

If you got some more feedback just have your say on any of our social media. I read everything and try to reply or react to any comments as well as I can.

Thanks!