EA's web-based game creation destination SimsCarnival.com has officially entered open beta, and not a moment too soon! The website allows players to use existing game templates to create new flash games or upload their own creations, and right now if you go there and click on Up and Coming you'll see a clear indicator of the quality we're dealing with right now with a version of the Kiss The Girl game using poorly upscaled pictures of Kingdom Hearts characters. Clearly we can do better.
To celebrate the beta launch, EA is launching the SimCarnival.com Galactic Game Challenge, with $1,000 cash prize on the line. Judging from the quality generated so far I'd say there's a good chance of anyone who reads Kotaku winning. Hell, there's a good chance my mother could win this.
THE SIMS LABEL ANNOUNCES GAMES DESTINATIONS WEBSITE SIMSCARNIVAL.COM NOW IN OPEN BETA
Play, Create and Share Games Of All Kinds!
REDWOOD CITY, CA - June 17, 2008 - The Sims™, an Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) http://www.SimsCarnival.com with added content, features and new game creation options. This games destination website has hundreds of games of all kinds and creators are adding more every day. There is bound to be a game that you love — and if not, you can make it! Since its inception in February 2008, SimsCarnival.com has built an active online community where nearly 1 in 4 visitors during Closed Beta have created and published their own games. The tools provided at the site empower players to become game creators at any programming skill level, from novice to Flash developers.
With hundreds of unique and cool games to play, there is a game for everybody — you won't find this selection of games anywhere else. Making games is so easy at SimsCarnival.com, so you will see new and unique games and experiences to enjoy every day. Come and check them out!
Three tools — The Wizard, The Swapper and The Game Creator — are your assistants in game design. The Wizard leads you through the process of creating a game step-by-step with intuitive and fun options designed to help you make the coolest game. The Swapper lets you customize existing games - or newly made games from The Wizard - with your own selection of images, so personalizing a game is at your fingertips. With The Game Creator, and its easy-to-use library of images, animations and sounds, everyone can create cool games. You can also upload games created in Adobe® Flash® that can be viewed, played and shared with SimsCarnival.com community. Flash developers interested in uploading their games to the site should create an account at www.SimsCarnival.com and click on the "Upload" tab from any page. Flash developers will be able to retain branding and links back to their developer site, providing another way to get exposure and traffic for their games.
At SimsCarnival.com, create lists of your favorite games, send a game by email or embed a game on social networking sites or on your personal blog. Games are now truly a social experience and one that can be shared and enjoyed by others.
Based on listening to player feedback, new evolutions are now available in Open Beta, including a playlist function which allows you to stitch together all your favorite games into one experience. Also, new Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) will soon be ready to use. The first Flash API will be a high-score API which will allow Flash developers to use SimsCarnival.com's High Score system, which enables daily, weekly, and all-time high scores and player emails. Flash developers interested in learning more about our programs specifically targeted for Flash developers should send an email to SimLeaderAlpha@ea.com.
To celebrate the Open Beta, game creators are invited to participate in a game design challenge called SimsCarnival.com Galactic Game Challenge in which the winner will receive a cash prize*. This is the first of many contests designed to attract great game creators. Start making games today!
Visit SimsCarnival.com today to enjoy games more than ever before!
*Complete rules can be found at http://www.SimsCarnival.com/portal/promos/galacticgamechallenge