One of our current dev projects, slated for delivery around the start of July, is to get a basic free marketplace up and running for submissions from everyone. That new marketplace (which will build on the examples page found today in the client and at https://highfidelity.com/marketplace) will be most helpful to new developers and early explorers of the world(s) if it has the best possible examples which are also freely editable to create derivative works.
In thinking about this, it seems like perhaps High Fidelity could help get that process going by picking a few categories or types of content and then either commissioning the work directly from interested people or having contests where we award prizes to the best entries.
Here are some categories/examples of things that we think make enough sense to fund in this way:
Pet: Follows people around with interesting movement and animation, does tricks (fetch?), etc.
Physical Toy: Most entertaining physical toy (no script)… e.g. horsheshoes, jenga, jacks, etc. Categories for 1 person vs 2+ persons.
Scripted Toys and Games: Mini-golf, RC cars, drone, desktop accessory, decoration in room, etc.
Musical Instrument: Something that is entertaining for creating sound. Category for 1, 2+ persons.
Starter Domain: Entire interesting themed space that can serve as a starter ‘base’ for a domain.
Ambient Sound Design: Space with amazing sounds that are fascinating to wander around and listen to.
Promethean Avatar: Iconic avatars that can serve as a baseline for future individualized modifications (sort of like races!). Create the immortals.
Fight Club: Two people fight in any way possible, in a manner that is both interesting challenging and entertaining to an audience.
Living Ecosystem: A forest made up of individual tree, grass, rock, bug, etc entities along with scripts that make them grow and change over time so they are always intersesting to re-explore.
What thoughts do you have, either on the categories or on the methods (RFP, Contest, etc) by which we might fund them?