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Here is my plea,
I bought Guild Wars 2 on the strength of the first one and the company's seeming ability to innovate. I managed to get one character to level 14 and haven't touched it since. It was way too easy and all the story cut scenes made me feel like I was just reading a children's book. Everything is served up to you, it felt brainless. I bought the collector's edition for $80 and basically I got very little for my money (since I didn't like it, just my opinion).
Since the days of EQ1 and Anarchy Online the only interesting RPGs to come out, for me, have been Eve Online and Darkfall. I am not that much into PvP mind you, but those two games were definitely difficult and quite immersive. Darkfall doesn't have the budget to really shine and Eve is set in space (although I will go back to it, I am sure). EQ Next looked promising, but then the cartoon graphics came out and there goes my immersion. Back in cartoon-land reading children's books.
I am a 40 year-old gamer with a lot of disposable income. A cash cow waiting and willing to be milked! All I am looking for is a fantasy based, realistic looking, probably somewhat sandboxy game that is difficult. I don't want any instances, or very few at least. I want death to sting, losing experience and/or corpse runs are fine in my book. I want to have to actually socialize to find groups and guilds. I want the world to feel huge, no instant travel (or just make it quite expensive and rare to do so).
Hell, at this point just re-skin EQ1 and resell it to me. This seems ridiculous that no one has created a game like this in the last ten years. If there is not a market for it fine, but I read a lot of posts similar to this one so I doubt that. Put a cash shop in with convenience items and you could get $100 a month from me. This has to be doable, I should be playing something similar to a digital version of pen and paper D&D by now with thousands of people in an open world. Wallet is closed for now though, lost a lot of hope for the genre's ability to produce something along these lines.
So ends my plea and thank you for reading my rant!