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I have to say I think I am lost on what to do about this hobby I have had since the Beta of EQ1. The last few years have been a bit patchy for me in my playing. RL taking alot of time, and just overall just finding more and more about games that annoy me.
Static stupid mobs, that stand there picking their butts while you fight one of their comrades just a few feet a way. Maps that group mobs together that never roam more than a few feet. Undynamic, dynamic lighting that doesnt understand simple things like that dungeons and night time are actually supposed to be dark. Multiplayer gameplay designed more for people to solo than to actually play as a team. Automated features that discourage people to actually do so much as say hello.
Sure the gameworlds look great, but then again so do solo player games. I do not feel I have made a friend in an MMO since Aion.. Yes as bad as many people might have felt that game was. It did actually promote grouping. Even with joining guilds. Most of the members are silent and hardly talk to each other, instead they go about their business soloing their way thru the game, or maybe running with 1 or 2 of their close friends. Yes occasionally you get a group going with them, well sometimes.
What has happened to MMOs? They feel like that PIXAR animation Wall E.. Where everyone has everything done for them so they just dont care anymore. Obvlivious to the fact that there are other people around them in these virtual worlds.
The last game I have been playing is Guild Wars 2. Dont get me wrong I have enjoyed it somewhat. I have played it casually. Gameplay wise I will say its one of the better ones I have played. But even it is missing that magic that kept me to games like EQ1, WOW, hell even Vanguard. Its missing the social interaction. That special something that wants to make you meet new people and explore and adventure with others. Where PUGs were common and people actually enjoyed them (ok WOW that might not have been the case).
Right now I am debating what to do.. Has anyone else felt like this about MMOs lately? I am thinking of going back to TERA.. I did not play it that long when it came out due to RL issues that arose. By the time I had a chance game again. Everyone was all about GW2. However I do remember TERAs dungeons being fun and fairly sociable in my limited time there.
What to do? What to do... I am feeling that unless something changes and moves backwards in this industry, that I may soon give up this hobby. I guess I want the MMO back in my RPG.
I think a better acronym for todays games would be MMOSPG Massive Multiuser Online Single Player Game.