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Ultima Online: Derek Brinkmann: Why Love the Sandbox?

StraddenStradden Managing EditorHalifax, NSMember Posts: 6,696 Common

Ultima Online's Lead Engineer Derek Brinkmen answers the question: Sandbox games have proven that they stand the test of time. Why do you think the sandbox model appeals to players even after all these years?

Sandbox games have proven that they stand the test of time. Why do you think the sandbox model appeals to players even after all these years?

Sandbox games lend themselves very well to the traditional MMO business model. The MMO monthly fee business model relies on players not only purchasing the game but continuing to play it for years. The basic idea behind sandbox games is to provide players with a virtual world (one that is more exciting than the real world) and the tools to enjoy living in that world. There are many aspects of these games that keep players paying, but three core concepts immediately come to mind.

Read Derek Brinkmen: Why Love the Sandbox?

Cheers,
Jon Wood
Managing Editor
MMORPG.com

Comments

  • ProsonProson MandalMember Posts: 544 Uncommon

    Nice read, now lets hope MO can accomplish this. I really want a great sandbox to play around with.

    Currently Playing Path of Exile

  • Player_420Player_420 KuesecMember Posts: 686

    Go sandbox!

    I play all ghame

  • uohaloranuohaloran ., GAMember Posts: 811

    WTB successor to UO.

    :(

  • ScotScot UKMember Posts: 6,183 Uncommon

    Skills not levels, player ownership of land and indivdual differences between servers seem to be common themes.

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  • fartking7fartking7 Fee Fee FarticusMember Posts: 91

    Sandboxes can be fun, but you have to watch out--cats love to dump in them!

     

    poopee

  • KhalathwyrKhalathwyr Denton, TXMember Posts: 3,138

    It is appreciated what the site is doing to promote the sandbox style game with this and the other 3 articles/interviews. Keep it up!

     

    Oh, and a case of your favorite drink to you Stradden if you corner Turbine and as the tough question of why they won't make a true gameplay mechanic/system followup to Asheron's Call.

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  • pencilrickpencilrick The Alamo, TXMember Posts: 1,550
    Originally posted by Khalathwyr


    It is appreciated what the site is doing to promote the sandbox style game with this and the other 3 articles/interviews. Keep it up!
     
    Oh, and a case of your favorite drink to you Stradden if you corner Turbine and as the tough question of why they won't make a true gameplay mechanic/system followup to Asheron's Call.

     

    Agreed.  Sandbox or Free Range is fine with me.

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