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General: 2010 A Year in Review

StraddenStradden Managing EditorHalifax, NSPosts: 6,696Member

It's easy to look back on the year that was. Many different writers are recapping the year 2009. It takes a special kind of writer though to skip ahead into the future and recap the year ahead. In his usual tongue in cheek style, MMORPG.com columnist Scott Jennings looks into the future to recap the year 2010.

Scott Jennings

As an industry pundit, I've always had one simple rule - if you don't want to go wrong in predicting the future, predict stuff that's already happened. Unfortunately, that's going to be difficult for 2010, since... um.... the past year has been pretty wackily crazy.

So really, there's only one thing I can do to salvage this - the old standby of bad Star Trek episodes. Time travel. Thankfully, I have an iPhone. They can do anything.

QUANTUM CARRIER WAVE CONNECTION TO apps.google.com/docs/2011....

CONNECTING...

CONNECTION ESTABLISHED.

Welcome to my end of the year recap for 2010. Let's get right to it, shall we?

Read 2010 A Year in Review.

Cheers,
Jon Wood
Managing Editor
MMORPG.com

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  • balduranbgbalduranbg SofiaPosts: 23Member

     Always a pleasure to read an article by Scott Jennings.  Only thing missed out (that I can think of right now) are the few thousand people, who will complain all over the WoW forums about the changes, introduced in Cataclysm :P

  • SarbocabrasSarbocabras Peachland, BCPosts: 257Member

     Good read, it will be interesting to see how close your 2010 predictions really are

  • ThomasN7ThomasN7 87.18.7.148 1, NJPosts: 6,690Member

    Well if your predictions are true that would mean we would only be getting FFXIV, DCUO and The Agency in 2010 ? FFXIV will be great but overall I'm not sure 2010 will be any different from 2009.

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  • Loke666Loke666 MalmöPosts: 18,037Member Uncommon

    Heh, I want a follow up on this in a year... 

  • BluefixBluefix HerningPosts: 166Member

    Was quite an entertaining article. Looking forward to see what reality will be :)

  • MMO_DoubterMMO_Doubter Bedford, NSPosts: 5,056Member

    A little more research might be in order, as STO will be single-server, like Champions Online. The population imblance will evident throughout the game.

    "" Voice acting isn't an RPG element....it's just a production value." - grumpymel2

  • ginfress01ginfress01 dordrechtPosts: 203Member
    Originally posted by MMO_Doubter


    A little more research might be in order, as STO will be single-server, like Champions Online. The population imblance will evident throughout the game.

     

    nvm

  • brostynbrostyn Louisville, KYPosts: 3,092Member

    Look, I-phones that are able to time travel I can wrap my mind around. STO having 500,000 subscribers? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! <gasp> <deep breath> HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

     

    Talk about fantasy land...

  • demonic87demonic87 strathroy, ONPosts: 421Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by brostyn


    Look, I-phones that are able to time travel I can wrap my mind around. STO having 500,000 subscribers? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! <gasp> <deep breath> HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
     
    Talk about fantasy land...

     

    I hope he meant 50,000.

  • Nacon4Nacon4 Westerly, RIPosts: 26Member
    Originally posted by demonic87

    Originally posted by brostyn


    Look, I-phones that are able to time travel I can wrap my mind around. STO having 500,000 subscribers? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! <gasp> <deep breath> HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
     
    Talk about fantasy land...

     

    I hope he meant 50,000.

     

    Maybe he really did mean 500,000.  There are enough hardcore Trekkies out there to make it real.  Now if they could only get some more servers....

    "In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs it is the rule." Neitzsche

  • JaedorJaedor Denver, COPosts: 1,140Member Uncommon

    Haha fun read, I chuckled all the way through it.

  • OdelaOdela Plainville, CTPosts: 120Member

    Lul, TOR beta not starting till October?  I'm looking at Jan-Feb. (2010)

  • geldonyetichgeldonyetich Vancouver, WAPosts: 1,340Member

    Cataclysm releases, breaks some records, fails to break others

    Silly Lum, Blizzard doesn't "release" things anymore.   When you're as rich as them, delays are the new release! 

    Personally, I think they're crippled by success, afraid to roll something like a stealth FPS based on the Starcraft universe or a major revision to existing zones in an already ridiculously successful product for fear that something goes wrong and there goes Blizzard's rep for doing no wrong.

    The Old Republic enters beta, Internet explodes

    Either that or interest in MMORPGs will have completely imploded.  Really, a Bioware MMORPG seems to be as sure of a bet as a Blizzard one, but I fear that too many derivative MMORPGs have killed a lot of interest in the platform to the point where being an MMORPG isn't all that special anymore (I said, on MMORPG.com's forums).

    Linden Lab sells Second Life

    Better that than the more likely possibility that they go out of business after being simultanously sued by copyright holders and their own customers.  Really, this is the most likely reason nobody would dare buy them.  They don't want that kind of legal liability.  Besides, Sony already has a Second Life of their own.

    Final Fantasy comes to consoles, yet again

    We'll definitely be seeing a Square-Enix MMORPG soon, although not necessarily Final Fantasy.

    Batman doesn't need subscription fees

    Wasn't DC Universe's F2P model already announced?

    Lt. Worf, set phasers on "grind"

    I hope it does stabilize at 500k customers, or more.  Contrary to the idiots earlier in this thread think, it certainly has a chance to garner at least that many thanks to the Star Trek license.  Millions will try the game.  How many will stay?   Tough to say.

    I hope it does reasonably well - Crypic Studios needs it.   I half suspect that Vivindi/Activision is going to put Cryptic Studios to slaughter like they did Pandemic.  I doubt they'd allow Star Trek Online to reach perfection - they'd be lucky if they even got the month extension Lum is forecasting.  Activision is reaching truly old school EA-levels of mismanagement.

    * All Points Bulletin, a technologically innovative open-world modern crime MMO which would ordinarily be much higher profile a release, but had the misfortune of releasing into the teeth of Catacylsm in December. Whoops.

    * Jumpgate: Evolution, which released in June to little fanfare and about 100,000 subscribers

    * Mortal Online, a hardcore PvP game released in March which attracted the roving attention of hardcore PvP guilds for about three months, who all proclaim it the next big thing in message boards before leaving complaining about a patch in May.

    Fairly likely bets given previous examples.  APB might pull a surprise upset, though, since it's a relatively new genre they're exploring.

     

  • SortisSortis Winfield, WVPosts: 193Member

     That was actually fairly entertaining :P do a follow up at the end of next year to see how close you got it, my bet is atleast 50% of it will be true. :)

    Deadpool(to "Daredevil): See how you like it when I smack you with an interspatial distorter that will temporarily phase your brain into Dimension X!

    "Daredevil": This is an ipod with a piece of masking tape attached to it.

    Deadpool: It is...Ah, but for a second there, you were really worried!

    "Daredevil": Idiot.

  • mindw0rkmindw0rk St-petersburgPosts: 1,351Member

     Some of predictions are complete bullshit, especially the deal with Second Life and STO's 500K subscribers. But it was funny to read

  • jinxxed0jinxxed0 columbia, SCPosts: 838Member

    Who ever wrote this is out of their mind or just plain stupid.

     

    Linden Labs will NEVER sell Second Life. They make millions of dollars every freaking day. Ever since Phil Linden stepped down, they have changed their focus on making even more money, screwing over its content creators (the users) in order to get it ready for big name brand companies.  Selling something that make millions of dollars everyday is just retarded. 

  • OdelaOdela Plainville, CTPosts: 120Member

    STO looks fucking awful, no way it will hit 500k.  They'll be lucky if they get 300k.

  • erictlewiserictlewis Cottondale, ALPosts: 3,026Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Odela


    STO looks fucking awful, no way it will hit 500k.  They'll be lucky if they get 300k.



     

    I still have not made up my mind yet but from the way things keep looking they will be lucky to have more folks playing than champoins online.

     

  • TheMaelstromTheMaelstrom Knoxville, TNPosts: 393Member

    My prediction (can't believe you didn't pick this one yourself, Scott)

    Blizzard announces their new MMO, and their homepage crashes and burns from the amount of hits.... followed by the US internet infrastructure.

    Hehe.

    edit: spelling

    No godless person can comprehend those minute distinctions
    in doctrine that provide true believers excuse for mayhem.
    -Glen Cook

  • TJKazmarkTJKazmark Columbia, TNPosts: 117Member Uncommon

    Funny article. I look forward to seeing what 2010 really brings, and if these predictions actually hit the mark.

    "You think the place is trapped?"
    "I don't know...send the rogue in first."

  • ElikalElikal ValhallaPosts: 7,906Member Uncommon

    Entertaining, but not that many predictions. Those who are there ring true however. I would expect a later 2010 launch for TOR tho.

    People don't ask questions to get answers - they ask questions to show how smart they are. - Dogbert

  • OzmodanOzmodan Hilliard, OHPosts: 7,191Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Nacon4

    Originally posted by demonic87

    Originally posted by brostyn


    Look, I-phones that are able to time travel I can wrap my mind around. STO having 500,000 subscribers? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! <gasp> <deep breath> HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
     
    Talk about fantasy land...

     

    I hope he meant 50,000.

     

    Maybe he really did mean 500,000.  There are enough hardcore Trekkies out there to make it real.  Now if they could only get some more servers....

    Any hard core trekkie will litterally run from this game, it is so unstartrek.  Unfortunately many will be stupid and buy the game, but the population will drop like a rock once people understand how bad the game is. 

    It was a good read Scott, but you blew it with the Star Trek spiel, I think your crystal ball has a crack in it.

  • geldonyetichgeldonyetich Vancouver, WAPosts: 1,340Member
    Originally posted by Ozmodan

    Originally posted by Nacon4

    Originally posted by demonic87

    Originally posted by brostyn


    Look, I-phones that are able to time travel I can wrap my mind around. STO having 500,000 subscribers? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! <gasp> <deep breath> HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
     
    Talk about fantasy land...

     

    I hope he meant 50,000.

     Maybe he really did mean 500,000.  There are enough hardcore Trekkies out there to make it real.  Now if they could only get some more servers....

    Any hard core trekkie will litterally run from this game, it is so unstartrek.  Unfortunately many will be stupid and buy the game, but the population will drop like a rock once people understand how bad the game is. 

    It was a good read Scott, but you blew it with the Star Trek spiel, I think your crystal ball has a crack in it.

    You seem awfully certain.  Should we presume, then, that you have a crystal ball of perfect functionality?

  • StuckovStuckov Revere, MAPosts: 101Member

    Its almost comical how much MMORPG.com shits on SE and FF MMOs. Not only do they not update the FFXIV page for months and months, and fail to ever mention the game or any news about the game but when they actually write something... its how the game will bug down and suffer.

    Seriously, are you kidding me? How many more STO reviews/updates can the MMORPG really take? It seems these days its about every other post on the "Our Latest Features" that we get to hear about Star Trek Online. When was the last time someone wrote something about FFXIV? 

    And yes I did see the FFXI review a few days ago, in fact i think its the only thing I have ever seen the writers of this website post about FF MMOs for as long as I can remember.

    Anyways I just kinda wanted to write that for a long time and this is just as good a place as any.

  • ArcheminosArcheminos Portland, ORPosts: 283Member
    Originally posted by geldonyetich

    Originally posted by Ozmodan

    Originally posted by Nacon4

    Originally posted by demonic87

    Originally posted by brostyn


    Look, I-phones that are able to time travel I can wrap my mind around. STO having 500,000 subscribers? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! <gasp> <deep breath> HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
     
    Talk about fantasy land...

     

    I hope he meant 50,000.

     Maybe he really did mean 500,000.  There are enough hardcore Trekkies out there to make it real.  Now if they could only get some more servers....

    Any hard core trekkie will litterally run from this game, it is so unstartrek.  Unfortunately many will be stupid and buy the game, but the population will drop like a rock once people understand how bad the game is. 

    It was a good read Scott, but you blew it with the Star Trek spiel, I think your crystal ball has a crack in it.

    You seem awfully certain.  Should we presume, then, that you have a crystal ball of perfect functionality?

     

    Don't you know? Forum Trolls are completely immune to logic.

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