City of Eternals, the vampire-themed game promises to have everything you like about Mafia Wars and FarmVille -- playing with friends, an easy-in, easy-out game experience -- but promises to offer a more depth than the average click-fest found on social networks.
"The idea is your family members are currently playing fashion or Mafia Wars on Facebook, and your cousin is playing WoW (World of Warcraft) at school or after school but there is no where for them to meet in the middle," says Susan Wu, the CEO of game publisher Ohai. "'True gamers' scoff at social games although they're fun and addicting and social gamers scoff at MMO's because they think they're in the world of the geeky or the niche. We're trying to build MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online Games) for everyone."
We grilled Wu for more details on this intriguing game, including if the whole vampire vibe was inspired by Twilight mania ("We can have an entire conversation about feminist mythology and how it relates to vampire myths," she says.) Read our full conversation below to find out a ton of details on City of Eternals and see if you really think this game will appeal to geeks and non-geeks alike. (Plus, find out what game developer Ohai plans to release next!)
Can explain how playing City of Eternals works? I'm on Facebook and then what?
There's two ways to play. You can play embedded on Facebook or on cityofeternals.com. If you play on city of eternals dot com, we use Facebook Connect. So you just log in using your Facebook authentication, there is no download because it is all Flash. There is no character creation because we know your name and gender and friends list. You can customize your avatar after the fact.