Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
Zane

Game Quitters App

Recommended Posts

I am thinking of an app designed to help game quitters become friends. More emphasis would be put on people having a profile and having pictures of the things they are doing/ accomplishing in their lives. Perhaps you might have a "challenge of the day" and people who have the app can post photos of themselves/ the results of completing the challenge.

I am thinking of an app like facebook, but of course designed for a community of game quitters. Your goal should be to provide incentives to those using the app to strike up a conversation with someone else and perhaps take quizzes about the other person. By emphasizing the goal of making friends, you feel like you are part of something special, and you learn other people's perspectives and use their ideas to shape your own. The thing that will make people keep coming back to game quitters is having positive interactions with people they have made friends with. Perhaps some will then try to meet each other.

Have interactive portions of the app, where a person fills in their accomplishments and goals and what they have completed. Ask questions about what interests you and if say two people like hiking then use the app to direct them toward each other. Take lessons from apps like OKCupid. Make it similar in many ways, where you match people with each other based on a percentage similarity. Most likely the game quitters aren't gonna date each other (lol) but they might meet up for activites.

I remember that when I made a clan while playing Destiny, we would talk each night and play together, and we ended up really wanting to meet each other. I ended up spending the weekend with a group of them in San Diego a couple months ago. I had only met them through games, but we were good friends and had a splendid time.

The whole idea of a game quitters community is that you are trying to bring likeminded people together. So why not make that the focus of a game quitters app?

Yes I know my ideas are gold :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You could have a free membership, where the gamer quitters first meet and make friendships and stuff. Then you could have a premium memberships where the participants could embark on challenges together. Challenges designed by you.

Encourage people to write daily blogs/ journals and allow them to have followers who get notifications when new content is produced. Like if somebody wants to write about fitness, encourage them to write articles and have the readers comment.

If somebody is brand new and doesn't know anybody but starts a profile, have a system where people are encouraged to message the new members and make them feel welcome, right off the bat.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This idea could work because you have a clear clientele. If some random person were to try to create an app to bring people together and make friends, unless its facebook, they would fail. That's because there isn't a purpose defining their service/ product. Somebody who creates an app like that is starting with the what and the how but not the why.

YOU, on the other hand, already have the WHY. People know WHY they need to quit video games. They just need to know HOW. Well, by working on other activites/ projects AND MEETING LIKEMINDED PEOPLE, you take care of that. All that's left is the what: and that would be the app that you create. A game quitters app, for a game quitters community :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If you want to hire me, awesome. But bear in mind that minimum wage where I live is 10.30 dollars per hour.

That was a joke btw :P

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

YOU, on the other hand, already have the WHY. People know WHY they need to quit video games

For you, the "why" would be that you want to help people move on from video games, because you want to help them and because you believe that there is great untapped potential in gamers.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Awesome, thanks for the great ideas. I've marked them down when I start building the prototype into the app. An app for Game Quitters is inevitable (refer to my email), now it's just continuing to grow the community to a spot where the demand for an app is right.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Awesome, thanks for the great ideas. I've marked them down when I start building the prototype into the app. An app for Game Quitters is inevitable (refer to my email), now it's just continuing to grow the community to a spot where the demand for an app is right.

?I'm glad you like them!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thank you Zane for suggesting this! By the way, great to see another '96 baby on this forum (November)! It's because I'm having private convos with Cam, & I'm trying to get notifications when he replies (like my Twitter & Instagram apps).

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It's because I'm having private convos with Cam, & I'm trying to get notifications when he replies (like my Twitter & Instagram apps).

?In settings you should be able to set notifications to email you when I reply.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I already did that, but I get too many emails from too many sources, so every time I get an email, I check this website, even though 90% of the time, it's nothing to do with this website.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Why not just gamify the features that we have in this forum? In other words, take Zane's great ideas and incorporate them into this community. I feel like if we have both the forum and the app, people are going to jump between both mediums all the time and not know where they should be investing their time. This could overwhelm the user and lead to lowered progress. Having just one really solid community for game-quitters to go to would boost the quality and value this forum already has.

Just my $0.02

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Just my $0.02

?Totally, I feel you on that 100%. I think no matter what the forum is building into being the central place for people to connect. I have some ideas for how we can generate more connection between each other on here (accountability partners, challenges, etc) that I plan to launch soon (if you have ideas please let me know).

The original vision of the app isa much leaner version of what Zane presented. I think it would be valuable to have the missions from the Game Quitters Challenge in an app form (compared to the PDF of which it is right now), and have different missions you can commit to going on depending on what skill of yours you want to develop (Today I want to develop more confidence, so I will select a mission for confidence. *next day* Today I want to develop more empathy, so I will select a mission for empathy.) These could be gamified (levels, etc) although my initial instinct is to keep the gamification to be simpler because I think it's really easy for it to become lame (imo HabitRPG is on the wrong side of this).

And then have this forum as a way of centralizing the discussion and "social network" components of the community. Ideally the forum would integrate into the app.

Right now, I'm handling everything myself so there are stages to all of this. PDF versions of the products are good for now, I'm excited to make them better (videos, more support, etc) over time, while continuing to build the community engagement and growing the community (not just in scale - there's so many people out there who don't know this community exists who would like to be a part of it - but also in contribution - I have a vision of all of us coming together to leverage the power of the community to make an impact as well.)

A few thoughts for you guys. I'm basically working every minute on this, in a year I think we'll see how far the community has come, but it's slowly improving every day.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sounds like you have a lot of great ideas so far for the app. Are you able to outsource any of the app development by chance? I'm sure that there are folks here who have some background in app programming that could help make the process easier for you.

Why do you feel that HabitRPG is on the wrong side of this? Have you checked out other gamification-like apps? There's a comprehensive collection of them in this reddit thread right there. Maybe it can give us some ideas on what we want, or possibly we could use an existing one with our own user-made challenges for people in this community: https://www.reddit.com/r/productivity/comments/3dtjo0/what_app_do_you_use_for_gain_new_habits/

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Why do you feel that HabitRPG is on the wrong side of this? Have you checked out other gamification-like apps?

?Hey! Sorry I forgot to reply to this until now.

I feel like HabitRPG just makes it more complicated than it needs to be. An app I believe that gets the gamification stuff right is Coach.me. I imagine the app development will either be outsourced or be done by a member(s) of the community who come together.

My idea for now is pretty simple. Have a list of different skills you can develop (confidence, social skills, empathy, discipline, tenacity, etc..) that each have different missions you can go on to grow in each way. Let's say each mission will have a briefing (the mission itself) + tutorials/lessons so they can succeed. Ideally I'd want 365 missions so you can go on 1 new one per day if you wanted. Missions will vary in difficulty but are centralized around taking action, giving you a greater sense of purpose and making it fun.

We can also have a social network side of each mission having a discussion (maybe the discussion is exclusive for those who have "completed" the mission?), and a tab for the forum and general overall discussion around the community.

You can have your character tab where you set your vision/goals for yourself, and have daily check-ins on the habits/missions you need to complete?

Apps for inspiration: DaVinci Time, Coach.me

==

So that's the plan eventually. For now I'm focusing more on having more people go through the Game Quitters Challenge which is the first level I see in all of this - 30 missions you can go on. Right now it's a PDF, I will improve it to be online w/ videos and then improve it to be a web app version (integrated with the forum?).

I just want to use the Challenge as a way of validating more of the process that the app will replicate, instead of spending a lot of time (and potentially $) building out an app atm. So far the people who have committed to the challenge have enjoyed it, and with more feedback and improvements I really believe in its process.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I was thinking we could just insert the forum into an App, cuz I am on mobile a lot, and I'm not the biggest fan of the mobile site. Zane presented a lot of great ideas too. By the way, if an app comes out, PLEASE make it available on the Windows store (unfortunately my phone is NOT a Samsung, and there are already so many limitations to what I can do :(

 

I swear what field...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I was thinking we could just insert the forum into an App, cuz I am on mobile a lot, and I'm not the biggest fan of the mobile site. Zane presented a lot of great ideas too. By the way, if an app comes out, PLEASE make it available on the Windows store (unfortunately my phone is NOT a Samsung, and there are already so many limitations to what I can do :(

I will keep this all in mind.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I was going to suggest this idea as well. Reason being, computers and laptops could be the trigger for Computer gamers. I myself stuck to console games and since I sold my console have had the easiest time getting through this. I feel an app on a phone would help keep computer gamers away from any possible triggers.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I was going to suggest this idea as well. Reason being, computers and laptops could be the trigger for Computer gamers. I myself stuck to console games and since I sold my console have had the easiest time getting through this. I feel an app on a phone would help keep computer gamers away from any possible triggers.

Thanks for sharing your feedback. It's definitely something we're working on. Trying to get some funding together for it right now.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ah.. mobile apps can run really expensive. Hopefully this comes to fruition one day,  but from personal experience, depending on the complexity of the app, you could be looking at $40,000 for something well-made.

Edited by GoldenGains

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ah.. mobile apps can run really expensive. Hopefully this comes to fruition one day,  but from personal experience, depending on the complexity of the app, you could be looking at $40,000 for something well-made.

yep. One step at a time. I may run a kickstarter for it later this year. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this  

×
×
  • Create New...