Will Nonoba GameRise Change the Landscape for Flash Gaming?
I have been reading a lot about Nonoba Gamerise and I am very interested, but also a little cautious. For some reason, the Danish Company Nonoba doesn't have quite the cache as Mochi or Flash Game license do with me. I don't know why. They have been around for a while, they provide a huge selection of tools for Game Developers (Multi-player API, Highscore/achievements, game save, in-game monetization, etc). Maybe GameRise will be thing let sets them up to move passed the competition (at least in my mind).
Game Rise is basically a gaming web site development platform and CMS (content management system). There are a few sites out there using the system (see this Yahoo News Story for details). I'm skeptical about using someone else's platform because it limits the developer in many ways (hence we have built this blog and site in plain vanilla .net without the use of 3rd party blogging tools, etc). We plan to extend the site to a full blown retro gaming portal and were thinking of building on top of the Google App Engine, but this Nonoba system has my interest. How cool would it be to not have to hand code HTML and .Net pages every time we wanted to add or change a game portal feature?
Also, I haven't decided to sign up for Game Rise yet, so I can't be 100% sure, but it seems that all Game Rise sites share a single Sign-On system with other Nonoba sites. Standardization and simplification of login credentials for users can only be a good thing going forward (and a big reason why we eliminated the message boards from this site).
So, I am thinking of signing up for the system (here) but haven't made the move yet because of the utter lack of information on the site page concerning the actual platform and what it can do. I have been looking around the site and this sign-up page seems to be the only indication that Game Rise exists. I have a feeling I will jump in tonight and create a site, and if I do, you guys will certainly be the first to know.
If anyone else has had a deep experience with Game Rise (or any at all) or Nonoba, please let me know. I'd love to hear about your experienced.