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because I think I'm giving up on this Genre for the foreseeable future. As I write this I'm asking myself: Why am I bothering to write this.....and ultimately its for my own closure. I have no expectations from this community. However, I must say that I have enjoyed , and proabably will continue to enjoy, the threads on mmorpg.com. I came here from EQ2's failure to rekindle the cooler aspects of Eq1.....as I watched Vanguard go from pre alpha to where it is today (I still say Vanguard is a better sequel to Eq1 than EQ2 and you should play Vanguard if you like old EQ......its not perfect but its the best out there imho).
This genre started out as an extension of PnP DnD with THACOs and AC's and dungeons. Some of my most memorable experiences in an mmo come from Dungeon Shame, Dungeon Deceit, Mistmoore Castle, The Estate of Unrest, and one of my favs ever - The Tower of Frozen Shadow.
Back then it was all about freedom. I could go to these places and risk death and the reward was exploration. I remember how emmersive it was to be in the basement of unrest and hearing the footsteps of the ghouls on the floor above. I remember the being charmed in TOFS and running around training the mobs and feeling something from the experience. I for one thought the Pok books were really, really cool. I was a relative latecomer to EQ1 but having those books where I could "fly" up to EQ's version of Olympus and then re-decend back down to material planes.....and The Grey....what a place. Despite the name I rarely did quests in EQ and UO had none back in the day. Task driven content is something new and something many of you seem to enjoy. I for one hate being dragged by the nose around the world.
I'm a pretty smart guy and I have done some analysis as to why the current crop of mmos do nothing to rekindle the feelings of old. Its actaully a complex answer that is not attributed to a single factor. However, I am able to summarize why this genre fails me in 2009.
-The commercialization of MMO's has turned out to be horrible for the genre.....period. These mmos are obviously a business and their aims are to attract as many players as possible. The problem is my gaming style is obsolete. I don 't do vent, I don't have time to group for the entireity of my gaming session to enjoy the best the game has to offer. I need to go afk to change the Dora DVD or make sure my kid has his homework done right or whatever. This genre appeals to a younger crowd or to men /boys who dont have / bother with / family responsibilities. (Sorry females no offense but you are clearly the minority). I enjoy text chatting and I am capable of reading it in all forms. I HATE hearing a lvl 50 Warrior sound like a kid who hasn't hit puberty yet.....sorry.
- The Rosetta stone of MMO gaming that has made WoW so much money is something all developers now follow. The very fact there is a model is part of the creative problem. Every game has a con system that lets you see if a mob is suposed to be group or solo. Every mmo has task driven drivel for the solo gamer and all "dungeon content" is geared towards groups. I can't tell you how many times I headed to SolB to do my own thing and then encounter other lone wolfs doing the same. This used to be HOW i met new people in game. Now you do not even set foot in the dungeon without having your Healer/DPS/Tank combo set up.
-The mmorpg lingo discuists me. I hate how every cliche phrase that originates from wow enters into mainstream internet lingo. It makes me puke a little bit each time when I see the stupid trendy catch phrases appear all over the place. I have always been the type of person that does NOT watch MTV, or CNN and popular cutlure generally makes me ill. I now have more fun watching Carl Sagan DVD's then I do reading Barrens Chat....by a factor of a gooelplex.
-I don't seem to share the same opinions as many of you, clearly. Look at WoW and the other AAA or even AA titles out there. This genre and I have grown apart because I do not seem to fit into the defacto status quo. So rather then look for games that meet my partially meet my interests I think I'm just going to give up outright, I'm done chasing the rainbow of the next big release. I have never really ever had any problems balancing my real life responsibilities with my gaming recreation (except maybe in the very beginning). So I don't consider myself a problem gamer but since this genre fails to entertain me its time to find something else do to like model airplanes or something.
-I'm tired. I'm tired of being told that what I want is the 'first kiss' cliches. Its simply untrue. What I want is a massive multiplayer onling ROLEPLAYING game where there is some semblance of dnd style extra world feel. The words themepark and sandbox are both misnomers and have lead us all astray. So, to all of you cool folks on the forums best of luck I hope you enjoy your games. To all you self centered, egotistical, narrow minded morons....thanks for being entertaining with your total lack of intelligence.
- There used to be a unique relationship between monlthy subscriber and the devleoper because tehy knew that in order to keep you paying your monthly fee they had to give you something special. Look at Adventurine as an example for how thats being handled now. Your time doesn't mean jack shit to these assholes....remember that. They don't care about you or your time or your experience.
-The lack of creativitiy and innovation (go look up the word innovation) is solely on the backs of developers and publishers (as a collective). They choose to continue to develop C++ applications built on a template rather then trying something new.
- I hate the cliche pvp crowd. I believe they are a conceputal extension of competitive players but anonymous and unaccountable. In hockey you got the penality box, in Basketball you got fouls. I do not think that pvp has a place necessairly in MY definiion of a MMORPG because human beings tend to do things in games for no other reason other then can and developers have failed to balance this since long term murder counts. Some people just really enjoy being assholes because they need to make up for some other shortcoming in their life. They are always the ones griefing the character template DESIGNED to be fodder and are always the ones denying it. The modern notion of pvp will always overshadows any "honest" pvp battle.
Now that i have done that I guess I feel better.
If i have any advice to anyone who may be less experienced than I in this genre my final bit of advice to you is: dont settle and dont pay developers to rip you off. If you do find a game and a style that you like, support it.
Never buy a game without a trial. Never buy a game without a trial. Never buy a game without a trial.
Camp check, Train to zone ,Fly safe, GG , fade to black......at least for now, lfg no more.