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I took this name for sandbox promotion and more importantly for hope. It was the cross that I carried, a scar upon my face, a scarlet letter on my chest, a stone that I was chained to. I vowed to carry this burden until the day when a developer finally listened to us. The few, the proud, the sandboxers! I knew it made all themeparkers snicker when I posted in threads. I knew it would impact the way people viewed my posts. I knew they would always say I was bias. But I wore this name in hope that MMORPG fans somewhere, someday might be inspired, might listen, might remember the days of old. The days of unpredictability, of chaos, of loss and of consequence. I wanted the old schoolers to see that they were not alone. They didn't need to burn in lonely forum flames. Every thread that a sandboxer got flamed in made us stronger! We never gave up and we never will!
We have been called many things, bitter vets, old, out of touch, a dying breed, and worst of all, a forgotten niche. We get flamed, told to give up, told to move on, told this genre doesn't belong to us any more. Well I got news for you. We were here before it was main stream, and we will be here long after! We might be some of the things I mentioned above, but were also loyal, honest, hopeful and above all else-passionate about this genre!
From what MJ said in the latest update it looks like the time has finally come. CU sounds like it will have the right mix of sandbox elements for me to finally end my propaganda crusade. Were coming back, we did it together, we never gave up hope for someone to make another sandboxy consequence filled game, and now MJ looks to be the one brave enough to do it.
If CU funds I will finally get to put this cross down and take a name that is pronounceable again! (any sugestions welcome
I used to hope someone would try to make another sandbox, now my hope shifts. I hope it funds, I hope it's great, and I hope we see the philosophy MJ has talked about in CU!