Hi. A few days ago I was recording a podcast for Cisco EDGE QUEST Game Tournament with uber-gamer/podcaster extraordinaire, Randy JordanThe Instance who runs a World of Warcraft podcast. After the session, we continued our conversation on communities developing around massively multiplayer online games (or MMOGs for short- which I believe is also the name of an alien robotic race on Star Trek) and how actual and virtual world lines are blurring. I was explaining that as a marketeer in the Web 2.0 world, we didn’t want to make our customer communications”too virtual” and that through this game and $10K winner-take-all tournament, that we really wanted know what the players are thinking. He said,”Ah, so it’s time for an EDGE QUEST Eight.” I replied in some educated way, saying”wha?” Randy responded (fortunately not referring to me as”Grasshopper”) that we should ping a select group with 8 questions and then have them distribute it to others, and so forth, effectively letting the Human Network itself disseminate it and compile feedback.With all of the other Web 2.0 vehicles it sounded reasonable enough, so as we say in Texas, let’s giddyup. Here is the first version of the EDGE QUEST Eight. The following eight questions are designed for 1 sentence answers -- so jump in and tell us what you think. You can respond in our comments field or in your own blog. Fear not folks, this is for fun-Here we go.
- How many hours do you game each week (sandbag accordingly if your boss will read this) and what’s your favorite one?
- What do you consider your biggest accomplishment in your gaming life? (Come on, I know you have one-! Mine was mastering the expert slope on the Intellivision ski game- If only my actual skiing were a tenth as good-)
- How key is the speed and quality of your broadband connection when you play games, and how much (if any) would you be willing to pay your provider for a faster, better connection?
- I am sure you’ve seen lots of game contests where you play to win skins or stickers or a virtual t-shirt- but have you ever participated in an online gaming tournament where the winner won money, and how much of a draw was this prize to encourage you to participate?
- What will you do with $10,000 if you win the tournament?
- Also if you win, what would you do with the Cisco ASR 1002?
- We have a lively debate going in the office along the lines of”fantasy edgequest” (you can tell we tend to live this stuff-.): One camp says the eventual winner will be a technical networking type (and game enthusiast) who loves Cisco, the other says that pro gamers will come in dominate the leader board. What say you -which camp will dominate?
- Our intent with this game is to find new ways to engage with our customers and to have fun in the process (not to create a separate gaming line of business for the Company-!) Is it effective, do you know more about the Cisco ASR 1000 as a result of playing, and should we continue to engage you with such games in the future?
Again anyone can answer these questions either in the comments below or in your own blog but to start, I’d like to hear what these eight bloggers (staying with the theme) have to say:
- Veronica Belmont
- Brian”Scrabble” Boyko
- David Deans
- Mathew Georghiou
- Scott Johnson
- David ‘Fargo’ Kosack
- Mary Beth Schoening
- Paul Young
As always, thanks for reading-Live long and network!