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General: 2010 Awards: Most Innovative

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,619MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

In today's round of voting in the 2010 Reader's Choice awards here at MMORPG.com, we invite you to check out this year's crop of innovative titles abd select your favorite game that stretched the bounds of the MMO universe.

This year, our categories are: Game of the Year, New Game of the Year, Most Innovative, Most Improved, Best F2P, Favorite Company, Biggest News Story, Most Anticipated, and the newest, and most dubious, addition to our prizes, Biggest Disappointment.

Read more 2010 Awards: Most Innovative.


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  • mrw0lfmrw0lf LondonPosts: 2,269Member

    Interesting list, innovation is a tricky thing to pin down. Either way I think we all know which one is going to sweep this. However I voted WoW.

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  • TasarakTasarak redmond, WAPosts: 43Member Uncommon

    Where is my " None of the Above " option?

  • HarafnirHarafnir VikingvillePosts: 1,324Member Uncommon

    On that list.. Pocket Legends is the most innovative for being a phone MO style game. GA should hardly be on there, since Planetside was the innovative MMOFPS, GA just made into a small area battleground game, ie a smaller, less innovative game.

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  • bronecarbronecar onestiPosts: 685Member

    I haven't tried all the games on the list, so I can't give an honest opinion.

     

    From the sound of it, I'd say Vindictus could get the prize.

  • astoriaastoria Silver Spring, MDPosts: 1,681Member

    Hrm. tough year for innovation. I don't get Global Agenda being that innovative. Sure I played it and liked it, but I'd already played two MMOFPSs Darkfall and Fallen Earth.

    Cryptic already has better character creators than EVE. Though it does appear to rock (haven't resubbed don't know).

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  • ashahellashahell The HaguePosts: 1Member

    To be fair, Turbine turned Dereth (Asheron's Calls world) around between AC and AC2 so that detracts some points off Blizzard in my book (even tho they arguably do it in the same game).

  • drake_hounddrake_hound HuelvaPosts: 773Member

    for the most innovative its Global Agenda for me , cause its finally a MMOFPS , doesn´t mean it will do well , but atleast there is innovations .

  • DrakxiiDrakxii Waxahachie, TXPosts: 594Member

     

    Vindictus:  Would be more innovative if it wasn't so instanced.

    GA: Done before... a few times.

    Eve Online:  Not really better than SWGs or a few other really good ones, but much easier to use as it has a more tactical feel to it then just sliders. 

    WoW:  I like it but I wouldn't call it innovative, if it was more interactive sure.

    Pocket Legends:  Uhh... FF... whatever number it is, is on three different platforms. 

     

    If I had to pick one I would say eve, but I would probably vote for none of the above if it was an option. 

    I will not play a game with a cash shop ever again. A dev job should be to make the game better not make me pay so it sucks less.

  • djazzydjazzy louisville, COPosts: 3,578Member

    Originally posted by drake_hound

    for the most innovative its Global Agenda for me , cause its finally a MMOFPS , doesn´t mean it will do well , but atleast there is innovations .

     Planetside?

    Anyway, I'd probably give my vote for Vindictus for the combat and the use of the environment in that combat.

  • ThomasN7ThomasN7 87.18.7.148 1, NJPosts: 6,690Member

    WoW and innovation mentioned in the same sentence ? Can I have what you guys are smoking ? Pocket Legends hands down. :)

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  • drake_hounddrake_hound HuelvaPosts: 773Member

    Originally posted by arenasb

    Originally posted by drake_hound

    for the most innovative its Global Agenda for me , cause its finally a MMOFPS , doesn´t mean it will do well , but atleast there is innovations .

     Planetside?

    Anyway, I'd probably give my vote for Vindictus for the combat and the use of the environment in that combat.

    Is it a innovation to the MMOFPS , well it does in my eyes .

    Is it fun to play thats another story :( sigh ... like said planetside was when battlefields was there , and that was for free.

    So they updated some feature to make it more mmorpgs like . 

    anyway we shall see how well MMOFFPS does , its a indication of titan if they maintain FPS or go back to traditional numbers game .

  • IsturiIsturi Phoenix, AZPosts: 1,509Member

    EVE online character creator is for me simply the best. Have not seen a MMO that is released come close to this one.

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  • KyleranKyleran Tampa, FLPosts: 19,998Member Uncommon

    Strangely enough, I went with WOW on this one, not many successful games would tear down and rebuild their old worlds and offer them up as a new experience.

    I like the idea, even if I won't be playing it.

    In my day MMORPG's were so hard we fought our way through dungeons in the snow, uphill both ways.
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  • SovrathSovrath Boston Area, MAPosts: 18,455Member Uncommon

    I gave it to EVE. the whole scope of the game is innovative.

    Just keeping everyone playing in one universe is innovative. Having a full time economist is innovative.

    Regardless of what some people think of them, they seem to be a very good company that loves their game.

  • Rockgod99Rockgod99 Manhatten, NYPosts: 4,640Member
    Guys Vindictus, Global agenda and pocket legends aren't mmos. Their freaking diablo type lobby games. If we're going to count every co-rpg game as a mmo then I want Borderlands on that list. My pick is Eve... Which is pathetic since it's seven years old.

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  • elockeelocke Manassas, VAPosts: 4,205Member Uncommon

    I picked WoW because it changed a game I had grown bored of due to having played it all into a fresh tour de force of FUN and streamline story events.  I've NEVER had an MMO suck me in, lose me 5 years later and then suck me right back in with a world changing expansion. 

     

    To me that's Innovation!  Also, playing other games this week after experiencing the shattering...holy crap every other MMO feels like it is being left behind , even the newer ones.

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  • ParadoxyParadoxy New York, ALPosts: 786Member

    I voted for WOW, because it might start a new trend. How many MMOS you know which destroy their own world to start all over again? don't be surprised if you see same thing happening in other MMOs in a year or so.

    Who could have thought that WOW could bring super power like USA to its knees?


    Originally posted by Arcken

    To put it in a nutshell, our society is about to hit the fan, grades are dropping, obesity is going up,childhood the USA is going to lose its super power status before too long, but hey, as long as we have a cheap method to babysit our kids, all will be well no?
    Im picking on WoW btw because its the beast that made all of this possible

  • kinidokinido WisconsinPosts: 368Member Uncommon

    Vindictus all the way for this one; 

    PS - All mammals have nipples.

    Get over it already.


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  • NikkitaNikkita ParisPosts: 790Member

    World Of Warcraft for trying something new and different. isn't that what innovation is all about? this 'whole shattering your own world and rebuild it' is genius idea for a MMO.


    Originally posted by SaintViktor

    WoW and innovation mentioned in the same sentence ? Can I have what you guys are smoking ? Pocket Legends hands down. :)

    Don't let your bias towards WOW , cloud your judgement.

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  • Rockgod99Rockgod99 Manhatten, NYPosts: 4,640Member
    How is revamping quest zones innovative? All mmos do that. The only difference is Blizzard revamped all the original zones and waited to release them in one expansion instead of overtime like other games.

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  • NikkitaNikkita ParisPosts: 790Member

    Originally posted by Rockgod99

    How is revamping quest zones innovative? All mmos do that. The only difference is Blizzard revamped all the original zones and waited to release them in one expansion instead of overtime like other games.

    It is not what they did , it is how they did it. Go ahead name any MMO which destroyed and rebuild its own world at this scale? i will be waiting......

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  • Rockgod99Rockgod99 Manhatten, NYPosts: 4,640Member
    Originally posted by Nikkita


    Originally posted by Rockgod99

    How is revamping quest zones innovative? All mmos do that. The only difference is Blizzard revamped all the original zones and waited to release them in one expansion instead of overtime like other games.

    It is not what they did , it is how they did it. Go ahead name any MMO which destroyed and rebuild its own world at this scale? i will be waiting......

     

    It's still only a quest hub revamp. Adding a world destruction cinematic intro to it doesn't change the fact that it's just a revamp. Revamps have been done since the early 2000's. Also the main mechanic in the revamp (phasing) is almost three years old now.

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  • NikkitaNikkita ParisPosts: 790Member

    Originally posted by Rockgod99

    Originally posted by Nikkita

    Originally posted by Rockgod99

    How is revamping quest zones innovative? All mmos do that. The only difference is Blizzard revamped all the original zones and waited to release them in one expansion instead of overtime like other games.

    It is not what they did , it is how they did it. Go ahead name any MMO which destroyed and rebuild its own world at this scale? i will be waiting......

     

    It's still only a quest hub revamp. Adding a world destruction cinematic intro to it doesn't change the fact that it's just a revamp. Revamps have been done since the early 2000's. Also the main mechanic in the revamp (phasing) is almost three years old now.

    You still haven't named one MMO which did this. And no its not just a simple revamp. Its a new way of revamping and that is what is innovation, doing something new.


    Innovation-



    the introduction of something new




    a new idea, method, or device


     


    So Blizzard  introduced a new idea, a method or a device of revamping which has existed for years. Like it or not but you can't twist the meaning of word innovation to suit your argument.


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  • junzo316junzo316 Raleigh, NCPosts: 1,684Member Uncommon

    I voted Eve even though I'm not a fan of the game.  Anytime a 7 year old game can add something that has many people talking and gets renewed interest in their game, then that's pretty darn innovative. 

     

    I just don't think WoW is that innovative.  They are not the first to "recreate a "zone" or area, so I just don't find it that innovative.

  • ParadoxyParadoxy New York, ALPosts: 786Member

    Originally posted by junzo316

    I voted Eve even though I'm not a fan of the game.  Anytime a 7 year old game can add something that has many people talking and gets renewed interest in their game, then that's pretty darn innovative. 

     

    I just don't think WoW is that innovative.  They are not the first to "recreate a "zone" or area, so I just don't find it that innovative.

    And yet no one would name these MMOS which shattered their own world and rebuild it in order to revamp the quests and storyline.  Atleast one name?

    Who could have thought that WOW could bring super power like USA to its knees?


    Originally posted by Arcken

    To put it in a nutshell, our society is about to hit the fan, grades are dropping, obesity is going up,childhood the USA is going to lose its super power status before too long, but hey, as long as we have a cheap method to babysit our kids, all will be well no?
    Im picking on WoW btw because its the beast that made all of this possible

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