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Posted 2006-12-11 by Tony Walsh
Player-Created Sport Emerges From ‘City of Villains’
A Repel Ball referee in action.
A group of gamers who play the massively-multiplayer superhero game City of Villains (CoV) has come up with an innovative sport, dubbed Repel Ball. The new, soccer-like pastime is built atop of the standard CoV, using a player-designed in-game facility as the field. The ball is a low-level minion, which is blasted around the playing field by characters wielding Repel-based powers (view a video of play). The object of the game, according to a post on the official CoV discussion-boards, is to get the ball into the opposing team's goal. Each match has a player-controlled referee who observes and adjudicates play.

As an expansion to the City of Heroes MMO launched in 2004, standard City of Villains game play (rolled out in 2005) is perhaps losing its appeal to veteran players. Once you've run a character or two up to level 50, as I understand it, there just isn't much to do--even with diversions such as regular game updates, rewards for veteran players, player-versus-player arena matches and Super Group base raids. Repel Ball is an example of emergent play resulting from player-mastery of the original game system. Given all they knew about how the standard game works, players wove aspects of the existing rules together to form a new diversion, creating something unique and fresh not specifically provided for by the original game designers. A Repel Ball league is being formed on the Victory server--interested villains should visit the Repel Ball web site for more information.

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