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First, I know that this post will be hated and waste peoples time. I apologize for that. But this has bothered me for some time and felt it may be therapeutic for me to put my words into a forum.
I am bothered by people throwing the phrase wow clone at every new mmo like its a terrible thing. Why do mmo's have to deal with that nonsense when fps games don't. You could argue that every fps and even fps hybrid type games could be criticized for being doom clones. And they come out in droves every year. Yet they don't mock every game as a doom clone.
Wildstar has a different combat system (similar to tera) and seems to be doing a few things to differentiate itself. But even if it wasn't. Who cares if it is following the footsteps of previous games.
People throw hate at WoW because it no longer holds their interest. Well, I don't really think one game should hold your interest for multiple years. And when you lose interest in it... let it go. Try new games, even if similar and see if you can get a few months or year out of it (maybe it will be enjoyable for a year or two, what a nice win that is).
I have temporarily liked different MMO's but ultimately been disappointed and lost interest over time (SWToR, Rift, Tera, NW, GW2, even tried dragon prophet and so many others). Although ultimately I was disappointed, my disappointment came more from my inability to maintain passion for the game, like I did with wow for so many years (long ago). I certainly don't hate the games or think the games are a failure. I appreciate the dev's product for keeping me entertained for the month or couple months I played it.
I hope Wildstar is the game that can renew my passion and keep me occupied for multiple years. Perhaps it is wishful thinking, but that is better than giving up on it before I even try it. Certainly better than bashing it and arguing about its failure before I have even played it.
Guess I just think that (some) vet MMO players are a bit of a grumpy lot and not sure why they can't look upon future games with some optimism.
For the record, I haven't enjoyed any fps like I enjoyed Unreal and I haven't enjoyed any mmo like i enjoyed Warcraft. However I dont enjoy either of those anymore and fear I will never enjoy a new game like I did with my first go around with those classic titles.
Penny for your thoughts.