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The problem isn't really MMO's in general ... it is the new MMO players. I guess I blame it on World of Warcraft. Yes WoW addicted many gamers that were new to MMO's to began playing them. Although I guess this can be viewed as a good thing it also has it's drawbacks. At least for me it does.
As an older gamer I have seen the role playing aspect of MMO;s rapidly decline after the release of WoW. The new generation of gamers nowdays do not care about role playing, taking thier time, enjoying the journey anymore. Now it's just kil, kill, kill. Hell they don't even read the quests or even bother with an economy or tradeskills. I remember the days when I first starting playing MMO,s (Everquest, Asherons call 1 and 2, Everquest 2 even) I would take my time (I still do actually) pretend I was actually in the game world. I would read everything, learn the lore and talk in character at all times and had a blast doing it. It was my release from this harsh reality. I made many new friends along the way and my gaming time was vastly richer and more rewarding than any new game that I have played recently.
I have several real life friends that I try to play with on many occasions. Actually I hate playing with them because I have to completly change my mindset when I am grouped with them. They are almost impossible to follow around because all they do is run around questing and lvling like maniacs.. They wont help anyone with any quests , it's all about them knowing what they need to do to lvl up as fast as possible. They don't read anything and usually hits end game in every game they play in like 3-4 weeks. They don't craft, sell anything to ingame players, ignores chat pretty much completly, doesn't bother to set up thier UI. Simply sells every good item they pick up to an in game vendor if they can't use it themselves. They have no concept of what en emote even is. Then they bitch about the game being shitty and go back to WoW. I can't even understand why the hell they even plays an MMO. i can def see why they go back to WoW because they think it is the greatest thing since toilet paper. WoW is tailored to this type of gameplay. All they really want to do is play solo all the time and the only reason they group with me is because I know them in real life. Running a dungeon with them is sheer hell. Oh yeah then there is Ventrilo (Voice chat) Don't even get me started on voice chat! Players like this are out in droves in new games these days. No new game with any depth is ever gonna please these type of players. So of course a new game is gonna add this type of gameplay to thier existing game if they want any chance of retaining thier subscribers. This trend in new games really disturbs me. No wonder why all people do now days when a new game comes out is bitch and moan about everything. No new game that is actually any good is gonna succeed with this kind of playerbase. End game raid content is where it's at I guess for the time being. Am I a dying breed? Are there any players left anymore with my kind of mindset when it comes to living in a virtual world? Would love to hear you guys's comments on this one! !!