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[Column] General: A Game for a Mood

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,638MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

Sometimes, the right game speaks to the right mood even if it's not a "perfect" game. In today's Devil's Advocate, we examine why that is so. See what we think before telling us your "mood game" is in the comments.

Between Trion Worlds’ Rift and Defiance, Rift is perhaps the more technically excellent game. A few days ago, RIFT opened free access to the game for people who owned a copy of Rift. For the most part, this meant people who purchased the game previously now had access to the game’s content indefinitely, though without the game store.

RIFT has plenty of PVE and PVP to provide people with stuff to do, a relatively challenging endgame (for raiders), one of the best housing systems in an MMO to date, a means to get past the leveling hurdle faster, and a pretty deep character development system.

Why is it then, that I prefer playing Defiance more these days?

Read more of Victor Barreiro Jr.'s The Devil's Advocate: A Game for a Mood.

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  • MondoA2JMondoA2J Henderson, NVPosts: 258Member
    As the idiom goes.... Different strokes for different folks!

    MMORPG Gamers/Developers need a reality check!

  • Mtibbs1989Mtibbs1989 Fredericksburg, VAPosts: 2,920Member Uncommon

    Oh boy, I'll have to break up the games I want to play into different categories for this:

    If I'm in the mood for...

    Fantasy:

    Everquest 1-2

    Rift

    Aion

    Tera

     

    Sci-fi:

    Anarchy Online

     

    Tactical:

    Wakfu

    Atlantica

     

    Shooter:

    Defiance

     

    Yeah, these are essentially the MMO's I play when I'm in the mood for a specific style.

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  • aspekxaspekx Brandon, FLPosts: 2,167Member

    i completely identify with this. at first i was rather put off by Defiance, but now i am racking up hours like a noob's first love. and i am not sure as to why except that i am currently 'in the mood' for a run and gun.

     

    honestly i wish Rift allowed for crouching and position behind object for more strategic combat.

     

    how long Defiance can sustain this interest is anybody's guess. 2 weeks more? 2 months? a year? i honestly have no idea, not just b/c of the lack of things that i want from mmorpg's in the game, but because as noted above this is about mood. and if anything in this world changes it is certainly our moods.

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  • SenadinaSenadina San Diego, CAPosts: 896Member Uncommon

    I am definitely a gamer who has to be "in the mood" for a game. My Steam account has about 50 games ( and that's not even counting the 8 or so MMOs on my computer). Sometimes the choice is overwhelming and I default to Magic: The Gathering. Must be since I have over 700 hours on that game...heh.

    I recently returned to GW2, after a 2 month stint in SWTOR. Maybe I just get bored easily. Variety is never a bad thing,but sometimes an overwhelming thing.

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  • SomeHumanSomeHuman Austin, TXPosts: 350Member Uncommon

    Victor, you definitely hit the nail on the head.  Instead of leaving games nowadays, I take breaks.  Perhaps this will continue the trend of games like Wildstar to really cater to all those varied elements the gamer wants in a game.  

     

    To add another one to the list

    Want a good 20 minutes to an hour of spaceships, lasers, and rockets - Star Conflict.

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  • ChrispyChrisChrispyChris AradPosts: 27Member
    Originally posted by aspekx

    i completely identify with this. at first i was rather put off by Defiance, but now i am racking up hours like a noob's first love. and i am not sure as to why except that i am currently 'in the mood' for a run and gun.

     

    honestly i wish Rift allowed for crouching and position behind object for more strategic combat.

     

    how long Defiance can sustain this interest is anybody's guess. 2 weeks more? 2 months? a year? i honestly have no idea, not just b/c of the lack of things that i want from mmorpg's in the game, but because as noted above this is about mood. and if anything in this world changes it is certainly our moods.

    Defiance benefits from the TV Show tie-in. With some clever advertising, they can keep pulling in players from the viewerbase, maybe enough to keep the game alive longer than it otherwise would be.

  • GorweGorwe Ald'RuhnPosts: 2,474Member Uncommon
    I agree with this. That's why I don't uninstall games from my computer if I haven't completed them. Maybe the mood swings eh?

    Tho, sometimes it's just a different class/subspec in the current game. This is where Rift shines.

    Also, sometimes I don't want a SF or a Fantasy game, sometimes I want the SF game or the Fantasy game. For SF that'd mean Star Trek/Wars(both are ok, they have games) and 40k(well, it's ok-ish). Meanwhile for the Fantasy? DnD? Ok(both at MMO and sp land). And now the shit hits(Heh an anagram!) the fan. Conan? Not really. LoTR? Lol just one MMO and a RTS. Warhammer? Hehehe... NOTHING!

    What should I play when I feel like playing Warhammer Fantasy RPG? Riddle me that ;)
  • victorbjrvictorbjr Quezon CityPosts: 186Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Gorwe
    I agree with this. That's why I don't uninstall games from my computer if I haven't completed them. Maybe the mood swings eh?

    Tho, sometimes it's just a different class/subspec in the current game. This is where Rift shines.

    Also, sometimes I don't want a SF or a Fantasy game, sometimes I want the SF game or the Fantasy game. For SF that'd mean Star Trek/Wars(both are ok, they have games) and 40k(well, it's ok-ish). Meanwhile for the Fantasy? DnD? Ok(both at MMO and sp land). And now the shit hits(Heh an anagram!) the fan. Conan? Not really. LoTR? Lol just one MMO and a RTS. Warhammer? Hehehe... NOTHING!

    What should I play when I feel like playing Warhammer Fantasy RPG? Riddle me that ;)

    Didn't Warhammer come out with an iOS game that was reportedly really good? AH! Warhammer Quest I think its name was.

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  • GorweGorwe Ald'RuhnPosts: 2,474Member Uncommon
    You'd classify that as a right n proper RPG experience?

    ...really?

    It's a nice game and I will definitely buy it. But, if you ask me, WH quest should've been developed into an full blown ARPG(Hack n Slash if you will). Just think how awesome the mix between Warhammer IP and Diablo mechanics would have been...
  • strangiato2112strangiato2112 Richmond, VAPosts: 1,538Member Common

    "Today’s discussion was mostly brought about  by my wondering why I could never get into Rift"

    Rift is a technically excellent game.

    And Yngwie Malmsteen is a technically excellent guitar player.  And there are plenty of people who love him.  Malmsteen could probably play circles around Dave Gilmour, but Gilmour's tone just resonates with me.  Gilmour certainly isnt the most technically proficient guitar player out there, but i enjoy listening to him more than Malmsteen.

     

  • AridArid Rock Hill, SCPosts: 14Member
    Originally posted by MondoA2J
    As the idiom goes Different strokes for different folks!

    Sounds naughty

  • itchmonitchmon west islip, NYPosts: 1,714Member Uncommon

    if i'm in the mood to yell at europeans i play eve :)

     

    because as any eve person knows, that's half of eve.

     

    I know when i'm in an escapist frame of mind i'll load up LOTRO from time to time.  some of the areas in that game just really remind me of having a good time reading the books.

     

    and if i want to feel like a kid again there's EQ1, because, well, i spent a lot of time as a kid playing it :D

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  • gaeanprayergaeanprayer Somewhere Out There, PAPosts: 2,320Member Uncommon

    I'd be willing to bet that this is how the majority of people play, and it's part of the problem. It used to be that people stuck with a game and built their reputation and community from within it, back when there weren't many choices. Now there are, and people don't stick around anymore, they leave to find something else or something new when the mood strikes them. I'm the same way. The people left behind are those that actually want what they preach, a 'world' instead of a 'game', but when they're left on dead servers because everyone else has moved on, they're the ones you see in the forums complaining about the state of gaming.

    I'm not saying it's an easy problem or one I even know how to fix, if it even can be. A game will never be everything to everyone, and the choices we have in MMOs aren't slimming down any time soon. On one hand it's said people don't have that kind of dedication anymore to their choice of game and the people they meet within it, but on the other...it's just a friggin' video game, who gives a shit? Dilemma, dilemma...

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  • ganntakganntak kewPosts: 19Member
    Good subject and very true , i used to spend all my time in ~Azeroth playing WOW but have been WOW free for about 2yrs now (it just got stale still a good game though). Now hop from game to game looking for that same feeling i first got with WOW. Thing is it was my 1st ever mmo and online gaming experience so that i know will never happen. Now days if i want my fantasy fix its EQ2 which i really like yeh i know its old lol ,GW",Rift or Neverwinter. For Sci Fi i just got into EVE which im enjoying,SWTOR is ok. For whacking stuff ARPG its Torchlight2 :D Looking for a decent strategy game though something like a AOE but fantasy based like a LOTRO online but modern :D
  • OzmodanOzmodan Hilliard, OHPosts: 7,191Member Uncommon
    Only took me two weeks to toss Defiance in the waste basket.  Did not like it one bit.  As they say, to each his own.  I actually enjoy the show, but there is such a huge gap between the show and the game.
  • jbombardjbombard SapporoPosts: 531Member Uncommon

    I agree with the premise as I too enjoy different games depending on my mood. 

     

    However I would like to speak about this bit from the article

    "For some reason, excellence isn’t everything in this day and age of choice. With the gradual shift from maintaining  long-term adoptees to making games fun for more people in short bursts, the paradigm of online gaming is shifting as well."

     

    I think the question is making games fun for short bursts only a good design match for F2P? I honestly don't see how it could be.  I am not going to put money in a game that I don't put a lot of time into.  If I was a F2P game designer I would be aiming more for maintaining long term adoptees than short burst game players.  If they want people to spend money in their games it seems like making quality games with stories and/or action that really suck you into their world and keep you there would be the way to go.

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