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Is there anyone on this website who wants your MMO game integrated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or anything else? Does anyone here believe such features make an MMO game innovative or social?
I'm sorry, but when I hear developers talking about features like this, I just cringe and wonder who the hell it is exactly that is making these games. How much coding time are they going to waste on this?
Another example of wasted development was TSW including an in-game browser. Guess what, Funcom, I enjoyed your game, but your browser sucks. I alt-tabbed out to a real browser on the big *three* occasions I needed it.
When we gamers say we want more social games, we mean we want the game itself to have features that will build a strong in-game community, not that we want to share our completely nerdy passtime with masses of people on Facebook who consider watching Jersey Shore great entertainment.
No, I don't want to tweet about a great quest, or make a Facebook post of a screenshot with my toon standing over a dead dragon. I don't want to upload crafting recipes to Pinterest. Out of two hundred "friends" I have on Facebook, there are about five people who would even begin to have a clue what I was talking about, should I post something about an MMO game. I know some of you may know more MMO gamers than that, but still there's nothing from any of my video games that I want to share on social media.
I want your game to include features that form an interesting in-game community of players. I want your content to be less static, and more emergent. I want there to be a reason for me to group up with people, and to stay in touch with new people I meet in game. I want to form relationships with great crafters who I can rely on, and I want crafting to be fun and meaningful. I want player housing that is PART OF THE GAME, not some instance where no one cares and your thousands of hours of coding are turned into a place I consider nothing more than vault space. We want some non-combat classes and features too, while you are at it.
Please just stop with the social media BS and concntrate on getting away from also-WoW themepark design with tacked on, BS features.
A sure sign that you are in an old, dying paradigm/mindset, is when you are scared of new ideas and new technology. Don't feel bad. The world is moving on without you, and you are welcome to yell "Get Off My Lawn!" all you want while it happens. You cannot, however, stop an idea whose time has come.