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So, I have been avoiding DCUO because I'm not that inerested in comic books, but I was bored and gave it a shot. Within minutes of getting out into the open world, I saw people stealing quest itmes and objectives, items on the ground, research nodes, and on and on. It's player chaos! No rules and nobody punishing anyone, gold spammers just stand out in the open and spam their sales as fast as they can. It's like SOE doesn't care what you do.
I thought to myself this can't be. So I started trying to grief others, and the next thing I know the players are getting really mad at me, I had one guy send me a tell, he was so mad he could hardly type. It's so easy to screw up the others players fun by taking all of their mission objectives. Special events can be started and ruined without being on the quests (like beating up myxlplicks coin buckets just to destroy them even if you don't have the quest for the day)
I haven't had so much fun! This is a great idea. Instead of having to find ways to ruin the other players fun, BUILD IT RIGHT INTO THE GAME! The only way this game could be more fun is if they included a button to break the other players dog's legs in real life! I swear if I keep at it I bet I can kill someone by giving them an anger heart attack or brain aneurysm, that will be sweet!
'Sandbox MMO' is a PTSD trigger word for anyone who has the experience to know that anonymous players invariably use a 'sandbox' in the same manner a housecat does.
When your head is stuck in the sand, your ass becomes the only recognizable part of you.
No game is more fun than the one you can't play, and no game is more boring than one which you've become familiar.
How to become a millionaire:
Start with a billion dollars and make an MMO.