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Fantage

Fantage is a MMORPG involving a virtual world containing a range of online games and activities, developed by Fantage, Inc. Players are able to customize their cartoon... read more

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Genres MMORPG
Platforms PC
Themes FantasyAnime
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Status: Released
Release: 01-Apr-2008

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Fantage is a MMORPG involving a virtual world containing a range of online games and activities, developed by Fantage, Inc. Players are able to customize their cartoon avatars from hair color to clothes and explore a town-like virtual world.

Fantage was made available to the general public in April 2008 and has since expanded into a large online community —by January 2012, the world had over 16 million registered users.

The game was designed for the ages of 6 to 16. According to its founders, Fantage is focused on child safety, made possible by a three-tiered safety system. This safety system has several features, such as professional chat moderation, automatic word filtering, an in-game user reporting system, and varying chat options for parents.


History and development

General

Fantage was founded in the year 2007. Fantage.com Inc. is currently headquartered in Fort Lee, New Jersey. 

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Mobile Development

Recently Fantage.com, Inc. has created several mobile applications such as, Fantage Bullseye, Fantage IDFone, and Fantage Fish Fish for the iPhone platform. Fantage has also created Fantage Bullseye and Fantage IDfone for the Android platform. Also, there is a new version of Fantage called Fantage Comet .Fantage Bullseye iPhone has accumulated nearly 300,000 downloads to date from the iTunes App Store. In 2014, Fantage released an iPad app called Fantage Comet which allows players to access a limited area of Fantage on their tablet.

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Business model

Fantage started out as a self-funded organization but received an infusion of capital by Korean online game company Nexon Corporation. Initial admission into Fantage is free and users can continue to use it as such; however, premium membership is required to access the full site including most clothing items, rare items, most gems, customization options, and most pets. Users also can purchase eCoins in bulk amounts for set fees to use in-game for micro transactions. eCoins can be used to purchase almost every item. The only items not available for purchase with eCoins are double star coupons and pet eggs (eCoin users can collect all of the pets by purchasing pet codes).Items purchased with eCoins never expire and can be used by the player regardless of membership status.

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Environment

When users register with Fantage they are automatically given a basic home. Users have the option of opening their home to everyone, just their buddies, or nobody but the owner so that other users can access it. Premium Members may purchase more elaborate homes, and decorate their homes with items bought with virtual currency. Premium Members can have their homes displayed on the User Home Map, accessible from the World Map. Fantage currently consists of 16 areas for users to explore: Downtown, Uptown, Mt. Fantage, Castle, Carnival, Beach, Forest, Wizard’s Domain, Fantage School, Pet Town, User Home, Sea Breeze, Lighthouse, Hidden Meadow, Campground (only accessible in the summer) and the new Island. These areas house 45 games, 10 shops + vending machines, 11 specials, and a number of other features. Clothing for avatars and other customization options can be purchased at shops throughout the virtual world. The games are scattered about establishments in each town. Users may also opt to visit the Mission Center to play up to 7 missions which are quest-style adventures where the user has to complete a number of tasks assigned to the user.

Recent additions include the pet system (the ability to adopt a variety of fantasy-based pets).

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Features and activities

Games

Fantage features a selection of mini-games, some of which are multiplayer. Users earn a quantity of ingame currency, stars, from playing these games based on player performance. Many of these games can include the player's pets. There is also an area called Creature Arena, where users who have purchased a Creature in the Creature Shop (located right next to Creature Arena) can enter as the Creature and play with a variety of trampolines, cannons, etc., shooting themselves around and bouncing off the walls. Users can also collect stars in the Creature Arena. It is now located in the forest, from Fantage's changes Users are able to use the daily spin once a day, giving them prices such as ingame currency, clothes, and gems, which can be used to redeem clothing items.

Items

Premium Members may use the free virtual currency they earn from games (Stars) to purchase nearly any item in Fantage, with the exception of a few designated eCoin-only items. Non-premium users also can access a number of items in the world’s many shops without paying for membership, such as select clothing items, hairstyles, skin tones, lipgloss, and all stickers. Any user may choose to purchase items with eCoins. With eCoins, non members may purchase any item, and member items no matter the price for the clothing, hair, etc. The only items not available for purchase with eCoins are double star coupons and pet eggs (eCoin users can collect all of the pets by purchasing pet codes, also known as magic codes).

Pets

Users can collect pets by purchasing and hatching eggs or by using pet codes. Only Premium Members can hatch all pets using eggs. Non-Premium members can hatch two pets using eggs. Users who obtain eCoins are able to purchase Magic Codes to hatch a specific pet they want and at a faster rate. There are three magic code hatching times available 1 hour, 20 minute, or Instant. Sometimes, there are holiday pets that Premium members can buy for a certain amount of stars. Premium members also have the option to have their pets trail behind them as they explore Fantage and to let pets wander on the first floor of their home.

Parties and socialization

Users may add up to 200 ‘buddies’ and chat one-to-one through instant messenger or through a group chat where you can chat with many buddies at once. Users can also click on a player's avatar and click the button "ignore" so the player's chat won't be seen to the player who ignored the player. Users can delete a buddy any time. If any user is bullying or using inappropriate behavior, click on their Fantage IdFone and choose the Report Icon. The user may type in a report about what the user was doing along by giving the Fantage staff their username. There also is an open chatting system inside the world where users can chat with whoever is in the same room as them. Premium members may purchase ‘parties’ for a small amount of 50 stars and invite either everyone or just their buddies to their party. Users may also play games and earn free virtual stickers to add to their collection. Users can pick the party theme and have a piñata game in their home.In the pinata game whoever wins gets a rare gem to add to their collection.

Educational content

The Fantage School includes a variety of educational games ranging from math and chess to language arts and geography. More recent editions included adding checkers and the ability to join and/or host a private classroom. Users also may play "Off the Hook," a true-or-false trivia game testing student's knowledge on a variety of subjects, including Geography, Pop Culture, Mathematics, and History. Recently, "Art Smarts" has also been added to the main lobby of the school. This game tests your knowledge on famous works of art.

Fashion show

Fashion show is a game up to 10 people, and has three rounds. You could host or join fashion show, the host of the game could choose themes for the multiplayer. To start playing Fashion Show, the host needs at least five players. Once five have joined, it is up to the host whether to start the fashion show, or wait for more players to join for a larger fashion show. At the end of the fashion show, the winner, runner-up, and third place winner all get stars and model points, while the judge receives judge points.

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Reception

Fantage received the Editor’s Choice Award from the Children’s Technology Review for excellence in children’s interactive media. Children’s Technology Review. Gaming sites including Gamer’s Info have lauded the world for its safe social environment VentureBeat praised Fantage’s ability to double its membership in the midst of competition amongst kids’ virtual worlds during a recession, contributing its success to constant refining of the site.

This article uses material from the Wikipedia article Fantage, which isreleased under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.


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