For the past few years and especially the past 2 years, I have been observing a lot of bashing on AOC, Rift, now SWTOR, and soon GW2 (just a crazy prediction) to name a few. The classic statement I see today is something like “I have played since the mid 90’s, been in 10 + mmos, and today’s games just don’t compare.” And then can you guess it? “Cancelling pre-order.”
So this has perplexed me. It seems no matter how polished, graphically superior, etc… a game is, it is never good enough. Based on many post these past few years, one might of assumed mmorpg game producers were blinded by greed, arrogance or just plan incompetent and that the mmorpg world was quickly falling apart. However, this doesn’t completely hold water, as every company from day one has been in the business to make some money, tries to listen somewhat to the game base for direction instead of being cavaliers (except for SWG), and let’s be honest, most gaming companies do have a competent staff.
After looking more closely at this, it has become apparent that many of these “experienced” gamers are suffering from the good ole day syndrome, where everything today, because it is different, is automatically worse. Like old men and/or women talking about how the world is falling apart and things aren’t like they used to be (they are right, things change over time and are different). In reality, things today are no better or worse, just different. So one has the option to both embrace today and make new memories, or live in the past. If embracing the mmorpg of today is not tolerable, as they are inferior to previous games (by the way, if the games of the past are so good, why are you not playing those still up and running?), it may be time to find a new hobby for these experienced gamers living in the past, as no new game will ever meet their expectations.
On a different note, I can say that there are new players coming into the mmorpg world every day, just like experienced gamers that started 10+ years ago, that are playing their first mmorpgs. So taking a little different stance than some, the mmorpg future is actually very bright and I, even being a gamer since the 90’s, is once again embracing the present and setting out on creating new memories with new and yes, different games.
Long live the MMORPG.