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Apr 27 2013
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POTTERMORE USERS - WHAT IS YOUR VIEW?

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***FIRSTLY THIS ISN'T A SUPPORT REQUEST SO PLZ DONT MIGRATE TO THE SUPPORT BOARD***

 

OK 2 topics regarding POTTERMORE :-

 

1 - DO YOU SUFFER GAMEPLAY PROBLEMS ON POTTERMORE?, and -

 

2 - IF YOU THINK NOT MANY PEOPLE ARE VISITING EITHER OF THE POTTERMORE SPACES, WHY DO YOU THINK THAT'S SO?

 

Firstly, I (and my friends/fellow Hufflepuff members) constantly encounter gameplay problems.  Mostly this is on The Hogwarts Express although the Book Herding at Diagon isnt exempt.  The Quiz (on The Express) is constantly beset with problems, there are 4 booths and quite often upto 3 of them can be inaccesible due to gameplay problems.  This isn't just now and then but almost constant and even if you are lucky enough to hit a server with all 4 booths working it's not long before they degenerate. The Wizards Duel also suffers from playing problems but I dont play this often enough to say, I did try with a friend yesterday and was instantly booted at game start tho.

 

Secondly, quite a few people have said that the 'clothing restrictions' are to blame for numbers of visitors falling off.  Personally I dont think is the main case at all, a high percentage of people who did exploit the clothing glitch merely wanted to pose in their non-Pottermore outfits on their non-Pottermore motorbikes (etc) trying to look 'cool', they didnt contribute to gameplay/card training thus aren't any loss at all.  A smaller percentage, like me, exploited it to improve their uniforms.  Like me, most of these, though disappointed aren't put off from using Pottermore cos it's about the Harry Potter subject more than the clothes anyway.  Numbers HAVE dropped off but looking past the obvious reasons such as (i) its to be expected for some drop-off after initial release, (ii) glitchers have migrated to more glitcher friendly spaces etc, well the obvious reason to me is - THE GAMEPLAY PROBLEMS. Numbers have dropped, looking at both spaces it's evident numbers have particularly dropped off from The Hogwarts Express (its rare you hit a server with more than half a dozen users, quite often NON AT ALL)  rather than Diagon Alley (where there tends to be a good dozen or so people).  Considering the gameplay problems are more rife on The Express where numbers are also alarmingly falling off says something to me and it's a double-edged sword cos if nobodys on The Express you got nobody to play against/trade with anyway which causes people to leave.

 

MY ANSWER - There seems to be one answer to ensure Pottermore is a success on Home to me - put as much effort into solving the gameplay problems as you did patching the own-clothes glitch, perhaps if Sony gave priority to serious gameplay problems rather than minor glitches we wouldn't be in this position.

 

OK, if you're a Potter fan with a vested interest in the success of Pottermore on Home please give me your opinions, perhaps if there's a case we can then present it to Support.

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Hopefully there will be an update. Traffic does seem to affect whether or not we get them in the future. I really think developers need to look at what Granzella does with it's spaces. They are always full. Granzella continually runs updates, events, adds content and more. Their games have significant rewards even though they require a purchase sometimes and take quite a lot of time to earn. That keeps people coming back. 

 

I think we have a new GZ space coming soon and when it shows up they'll be plenty of traffic over extended periods because of the way they design their content. I find little to do at Pottermore personally that interests me. 

 

Other developers really need to look and understatnd that short term interest is usually a result of little to do in the space after it's launched and users earn the initial rewards. I undersand the clothing issue might preclude some from wanting to hang out there but if you really think about it the space is designed to have that Pottermore feel and not have motorcycles, LMO dolphins, stingrays and other non Pottermore themed items there.

 

Certainly games that don't work don't help. They need to fix those too to keep people interested. 

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Apr 27, 2013
The few glitches in the space are quite unfortunate, but they have never really stopped me from using the pottermore spaces , because they honestly don't happen very frequently.

My assumption for why the space has really cleared out is because the space hasn't been updated with new content at all yet, so people are getting bored of the limited functions there currently are in the pottermore spaces we have at the moment.

I'm certain once more pottermore content is added, the spaces will start to fill up a bit again, but as was said, they need to keep our attention and add new updates or content frequently, otherwise we'll lose replay value for the space and it will end up unpopulated again.
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As Joanna mentioned, most new spaces generate a lot of traffic out of curiosity. (I even checked out YECK Land once before departing in befuddlement.) The novelty wears off quickly, however, if the spaces do not offer engaging activities or rewards to encourage repeat business.

 

The Pottermore spaces look lovely but I didn't find much to do there either. Not being a fan of Potter myself, I only visited each space a couple times to look around and have never returned. I figure that a decade's worth of best-selling novels and blockbuster movies did little to stir up my interest in Harry Potter. I doubt that Book Herding and trading Potter cards stands to change that much.

 

Not to say that I wouldn't frequent the spaces if they offered a fun game that actually functioned consistently and/or some worthwhile rewards to be won.

 

To be completely honest, I didn't even try any of the games in the spaces nor bother creating a Pottermore account because none of it sounded very interesting to me.

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Apr 27, 2013

I looked at the first week Pottermore offerings as a snack to whet our appetites. I very much was and am expecting to see:

 

-More spaces, perhaps Hogwarts, or the Weasley Joke Shop.

 

-At least one personal space, as well as furniture, LMO's, and more clothing.

 

-More tie-ins with Pottermore.com.

 

Do we know a second wave is coming?  I shudder at the thought of Ollivanders Wand Shop becoming nothing more than another Playland or Cantina addition.

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OK Firstly, I did try make this point in the original post - I was looking for the views of people with a genuine interest in Potter/Pottermore, not expecting it to raise much interest (except moans) from people without an interest.

 

R.E - updates - well firstly bit pointless updating when what we have doesnt work properly, makes more sense to get it running properly first.  Secondly, Pottermore on Home hasnt been around that long seems bit early for updates yet.  Taking into account Pottermore Home is an extension of Pottermore theres enough to do for now on Home when it works 3 games, card trading and general school house socialising based on the first book leaving plenty of time for at least 6 extensions... in my opinion lots to look forward to providing they dont kill it off first by not addressing the gameplay problems.

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Apr 27, 2013

I haven't been to this space since it came out just bcuz it forces us to wear their clothes which is super lame IMO

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:^/ I like the space, and bought a few things when it was new, but for me the games stopped giving out cards after the first win or two. Dunno whether it's supposed to do that or not.

I hope that it will expand in the future, but for right now there's nothing to do there that I haven't already a dozen times or more.
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XxSami88xX wrote:

1 - DO YOU SUFFER GAMEPLAY PROBLEMS ON POTTERMORE?, and -

 

2 - IF YOU THINK NOT MANY PEOPLE ARE VISITING EITHER OF THE POTTERMORE SPACES, WHY DO YOU THINK THAT'S SO?

 


1)  Yes, mostly with the quiz, and but rarely with the Dueling Wands or Book Herding (although its been over a week since I last visited so it may have gotten worse)

 

2) I think one of the main reasons which you didn't mention is the crippled chat.  Sure, if you are a loner then being limited to only local chat isn't going to be a big deal most of the time...  But Home is after all a "social network", and the fact is that I and most of the people I know in Home enjoy socializing and have many friends in Home that are spread out over multiple public and personal spaces and we often stay in touch using PMs, group chat, and club chat - all of which you and your friends wont ever see if you or they are in any of the Pottermore spaces.  

 

Not only that, but even if you try and send PMs or post messages in group or club chat to friends who are NOT in the Pottermore spaces, but you are, then they wont see any of those messages either.  

 

The only work around is to send them messages via XMB or a chat room, neither of which are convenient, especially compared to in-home PMs, group and club chat.  In fact if they aren't on your friends list, it's even more time consuming.

 

This is why I and many of my friends rarely if ever visit the Pottermore spaces any more.

 

 

Worst of all, just do a search on the Internet for PlayStation Home and Pottermore and look at the reaction many previous and new users to Home had when they went to see what it was all about... The overwhelming responses have been severely negative.  If this was intended to promote Home and bring back users that have left Home and attract new users (something Home desperately needs these days) it appears to have backfired on them in a bad way.

Sony's PlayStation Home updated mission statement...


"Like it never happened"


- Stand for something better than mediocrity and don't disguise it as adequate, when clearly it is far from that to anyone willing to be objective and unbiased. -

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Apr 27, 2013
I honestly think the reason Pottermore has lost visitors is its limitations of avatar appearance and messaging. Most people don't play the games, but hang out and chat with their friends in spaces that look cool, but the vast majority want to keep their looks & be able to chat with their friends which are busy elsewhere. In Pottermore, you can't do that, so people go where they can. I personally like the way Diagon Alley looks, but since it limits me on my appearance, then I just rather be somewhere else, where I can be "me".
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