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I've been downloading a bunch of old MMOs lately (mostly games 5+ years old)
Games like Shadowbane, AO, DAoC, Ragnarok, AC1 and Free shards of EQ,SWG,UO.
Seriously really good experiences the last month or so.
Hell even the game I play fulltime (Eve) is six years old and amazing.
Makes me sad that for me the new mmos just don't stack up.
Sure new mmos have better graphics and are usually easier to use with advance maps that push you to quests and the absence of a messed up death penalties.
I just can't help but feel that these games haven't evolved the genre at all. Go play shadowbane and tell me the genre has evolved the city building mechanic at all. Go play UO (FS) and tell me these new games give you more gameplay options. Go play DAoC and tell me these new MMOs even compete with the three way faction wars you can have.Go play AO and tell me the genre has evolved on their solo dungeon mechanic. Go play EQ,SWG or AC1 and tell me mmos have evolved on the world simulation aspect of those games.
I bet you can't.
How does a genre regress and still become more popular? what the hell is going on?
Shouldn't we want a more advance world simulation? more advance character progression? more advance features? more advance crafting? more advance city building?
Why are games with less features accepted by todays community? Graphics? less of a learning curve makes new games more enjoyable?
Because a game adds cartoon graphics, instanced dungeons and instanced pvp thats evolution of the genre? I seriously cannot see how anyone that played these old games can accept the current crop of MMOs.
I played UO/EQ and DAoC a very long time ago and not until recently have I realized how truely epic those games are compared to whats currently offered.
Maybe if players would go back and fill up DAoC, AC, AO and other older game servers these new devs will get the hint.
Anyway just a quick rant thanks for reading.
Edit: I am in no way promoting Free shard or illegal private server use, its only an example of how older games were actually better back then. and how far the genre has fallen imo.