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Ok, I genuinly feel good about EQ Next. I know its SOE and yada yada yada, but God I love Norrath. I'm so excited about this game in a unique way. I'm not excited about a feature, an empty promise, or anything specific, because we haven't been given anything and honestly, it feels good. Too often I get over hyped about something a game is advertising and like many of you, am always let down upon release. If it's true that we will be playing EQ Next by the end of the year as Smedley suggested I really hope we don't find out details until the last minute. We always say we can never recapture that 1999 (2000 for me) feeling again because the awesomeness was based around it being our first 3D MMO world to explore...but maybe we can. We didnt go into EQ1 early on going, "well can this game deliver everything it promised or will it fall flat like all the ones before it" because well there wasn't an flood of MMOs like we experience now. We all went in going, what is this world, where do I go, what do I do, and more importantly, "What will it be like?"
So, I for one am ready to go into a game fresh, figuring it all out as I go, discovering new adventures as I progress and not progressing to consume the content advertised. This is why I am Hibernating Until EQ Next....I simply don't want to know everything about the game before it's released, I want to discover, explore and adventure.
So to you..Could escaping this pre-launch research era, in which we learn all the details before we play, change the way we approach new MMOs, and is it possible to even do in this corporate MMO world we live in? And more importantly, do you think not being over-hyped and over informed could bring back that "magic spark" we once experienced in 1999?
If I want a world in which people can purchase success and power with cash, I'll play Real Life. Keep Virtual Worlds Virtual!