Sensipets --- A Lost Innovation
by, 01-22-2012 at 04:02 PM (1224 Views)
Hello everyone! My name is Joshua and I worked as Content Manager on Sensipets for about two, almost three, months. Having lost touch with the community due to school (finally in my last term ever) I had to leave Sensipets back in the summer. CPVR has alerted me that, sadly, Sensipets has closed.
A bit heartbreaking for me to hear this news but I wanted to share some of the behind-the-scenes innovations and happenings you might not have been privy too. For starters the battle system at Sensipets was astounding and one of the first of its kind. It flowed naturally (after the initial bugs were fixed) and added a little extra challenge to players. You could not specifically select which item to use during battle but had to rely on your pet making the choice.
This meant that equipping the proper items was a must, and luck was also a factor. Items also had durability chances and some of the better ones, if you were unlucky enough, broke. As frustrating as this may have been for users it was well received by the then-community.
@Howey had tasked me with writing up news-stories and keeping in-touch with the community via Twitter, Facebook and the onsite forums. He was always on the ball and while giving direction also took opinions to heart. Changes would be made via suggestions from members of the team or even from the community itself.
Had Sensipets been able to thrive properly and grow as it undoubtedly would have the face of the industry would have been changed. Unfortunately that was not, at least at this time, in the cards for Sensipets. I do want to wish @Howey the best of luck with whatever he is doing right now along with saying thank you to those who played the site.
My time there was short but worthwhile. Getting to work with such a dedicated, and talented, staff was amazing. Not to mention the community being open and supportive, witty, and insightful. Let Sensipets be an example to anyone opening a site, or running a site. Go with your gut, listen to your users and staff, and above all dream big. Who knows, maybe you'll be the next innovation?
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