The average Joe has been able to aid in the game creation process for years thanks to the likes of Kickstarter. But Logitech wants to take it to the next level: Reddit. The hardware company created Together We Game, a new crowd-sourcing initiative that lets users mold a game's design.
The first project will ask users will be asked to assist in designing a 2D tower defense game by posting on the Together We Game subreddit. There, you can brainstorm ideas, make a case for or against concepts, and work together to develop the best ideas. Starting on August 19th, users will vote on a different game element every week at logitech.com/social. Voting will continue until the second week of December.
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The results of all this crowd sourcing will be handed over to NYU Game Lab Director Frank Lantz and gaming experts from Tiny Mantis, who will help bring the decisions to life in game development. Logitech plans on releasing the game for free on Steam in January 2015.
According to Logitech marketing officer Ehtisham Rabbani, the purpose of this experiment is to tap the collective power of the online community. “You’re fun, you’re original and you’re inspiring," said Lantz. "And when we bring those creative characteristics together with those of a like-minded community, we’re all even better."
The company also hopes to empower the community to learn about how game development works. However, it does not have any idea how it will turn out. "It might be crazy, it might be cool, it’s up to you," Lantz said. "Whatever it is, it’s going to be a radically democratic experience and I can’t wait to see the end result.”
We love the concept behind Together We Game, which reminds us of projects like Twitch Plays Pokemon. We can't wait to see what comes out of this social experiment, and to try the game for ourselves.