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An eye-opening team invite

June 22, 2008

For years now the topic of blind invites gets people into sometimes heated discussions. I.e. the habit that some people have to send a team/group invite without asking the person who receives the invite before. Recently the folks at Massively had an article about such invites in City of Heroes/Villains.

I am against blind invites myself, since I may only want to team up during certain circumstances. Even though the Massively article brings up this in the context of City of Heroes/Villains I find that it is less of a problem in CoX. Not that I do not get blind invites; I get them regularly. But in CoX there is less chance of a team being a bad or unwanted case than in some other MMORPGs due to its flexible teaming and mission systems.

So what if the blind invites were changed and their eyes were opened? All the information in an invite that are lacking are provided right there in the invite. If someone sends and invite, the invite dialog tells you who sent it, their level, the area they are in the team size. It could also include different options for different types of team activities and also allow to send some text messages with the invite, that can have been predefined or added before by the team leader.

The invite dialog could also allow for a response text to be entered. All this would allow much of the interaction that would take place if the invite was not “blind”. It would save effort and make things smoother for both those who just want fast invites and those who may be a bit more picky. Then the issue of blind invites would perhaps not be an issue anymore, since both sides can get what they want.

Categories: MMO Games
  1. Belo
    June 22, 2008 at 01:53

    After playing FFXI for almost 4 years, I’d say that’s the most brilliant idea I’ve ever seen.

  2. sente
    June 22, 2008 at 20:07

    Thank you šŸ™‚

    I just hope that something similar at least starts to get into the games.

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