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Believe it or not, this is the very first thread I have stared since I joined MMORPG.COM a long time ago. Just never really felt the need as everyone seemed to already be discussing things that were on my mind, lol, and some things that blow my mind. But, I wanted to share something, and I hope to have an open, rational, and troll free discussion here.
It has dawned on me that of late, with all the recent title releases in the past few years, and those soon to be released, that MMO Role Playing Games are not really RPGs. That is to say, so very few people immerse themselves into their characters anymore. And as such, I think the genre needs be renamed. Perhaps to.. MMO Class Playable Games.
The Holy Trinity, no matter the game, despite claims of a classless system exists. And yes I know this is not the fault of the game maker, but rather, that of the players themselves. By that I mean, it seems we have been brainwashed that this is the only way to succeed in the game. (Not True) Recent titles with claims of being classless and giving player freedom (sandboxing) all end the same way... /lfg LF1M TANK for XXXXX Instance. I am not saying this is bad or good, I am saying, I guess, what's so unique about a classless system where everyone still plays a class and this extends to Roge, Warrior, Mage, or what have you. They are all class' are they not? Sorry GW2 and TSW, love you both, but.... you failed at classless.
And that brings me to my main point, have we redefined the word ROLE to mean CLASS? Sure, Tanking is a Role, DPS or Healing, are roles. But I remember when RPG meant role playing game. As in, we were all in character, played out a fantasy role what ever it was for you. There was a HUGE social aspect to RPGs you NEVER see anymore, and I don't mean social as in we are all on a VoIP server communicating strategies. The RPGs of today are no more than a co-operative kill spree, race to end game games, and then what? Bitch about no content updates? That the game got boring? Of course it did, your not in character, your just OOC Killing. Yes? No? Your thoughts on this? Oh and I know there are some of you out there "Competitive Professionals" who enjoy the out right slaughter of others for the shear fun of it, me too at times. But the race to END GAME? lol just saying it makes me laugh, we call it END GAME because? Well, its the END of the game, there is no more.. Some will argue that an MMO starts at end game, lol, silly people, it started at 0. What you did, or how long it takes you to get to 220, well.. that's up to you. (I am guilty, I do it too, so I am not arguing this point. Just saying.)
I for one miss the days when logging into my favorite MMO at the time (what ever it was) and getting INTO CHARACTER, and playing out a role in a very social, fun, and often crazy wacked out world WE made. Yes yes, there were times we ran amuck sticking daggers and arrows into the knees of mobs, and or ganked a few newbs who stumbled into our little community unaware of the dangers a foot. But we never went OOC. I have played on a few RP servers, in MANY.. omg so many MMO in the past few years, and um... where was the RP? I might as well have just joined the PvP server and ran around owning noobs and yelling.. WHO'S YOUR DADDY? after each kill. Really.
I am sure this topic has been brought up, but I thought we'd re-visit it considering recent so called classless ROLE PLAYING GAMES being released. But I think the consistant whine, bitching, complaining and general unhappiness of gamers in threads these days really boils down to being our own fault. We turned a once awesome genre into a race to the end, and world firsts, and co-operative instance gear farming. "HEY.. LOOK I GOT AN ACNIENT EPIC PURPLE WITH GOLD BORDER CHEST.. WOOOT ! " big deal.. now you need farm the rest of the set for the set bonus. lol keep grinding.
I personally am bored, burned out of the now normality of MMOCPGs. BRING BACK THE ROLE PLAYING IN RPGs.
Comments welcome, please be civil.