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Why the obsession with "personal story" in MMORPGs?

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  • Creslin321Creslin321 Baltimore, MDPosts: 5,359Member
    Originally posted by SEANMCAD

    game developers spend to much resources on story telling. Most of us just click thru the quests.

    Want lore? build your own lore by playing the game, forming alliances etc.

    Eve Online is a good example, they have made a book of real stories the players themselves have 'created' by just playing the game.

    Yup completely agree.  I love the concept Eve has regarding its community and virtual world.  Unfortunately I don't like the gameplay, so I never got into it lol :).

    Are you team Azeroth, team Tyria, or team Jacob?

  • nariusseldonnariusseldon santa clara, CAPosts: 22,441Member
    Originally posted by Creslin321
    Originally posted by nariusseldon
    Originally posted by Creslin321

    1.  Personal stories naturally clash with the persistent, open world concept of MMORPGs.

    True. So if personal stories are preferred by the audience, junk, or reduce the persistent open world. It is not like MMORPGs are not already doing that with the use of instances and phasing.

     

    2.  MMORPG stories are typically lower quality than their SPRPG counterparts.

    Yes ... so there is room for improvement. In fact, they should have better writing, add in more scripting and events .. and so on.

    3.  Long-term MMORPG players don't play for the story.

    Cater to the short-term MMORPG players. Problem solved.

    You don't give bad advice, but I would add to that...why not just make these games coop RPGs?  If people prefer stories to persistent open world...then your basically saying people prefer more traditional SP or coop RPGs.  So why bother with having a persistent open world when people don't want it anyway?

    It's not that I necessarily agree with what I say above...but my point is that there is no reason to keep a "Veneer" of MMORPG on top of something that is basically a coop RPG.

    I have no problem with what you said.

    In fact, my advice is essentially making these games co-op RPGs, and call them MMORPGs if devs insist that is the genre they want to be in.

    Often, devs would mix co-op RPGs in with some MMO elements. For example, TOR has some open zones, and so is marvel heroes. Personally i totally agree that those games can be made into co-op RPGs .. and they will be better games.

     

  • nariusseldonnariusseldon santa clara, CAPosts: 22,441Member
    Originally posted by SEANMCAD

    game developers spend to much resources on story telling. Most of us just click thru the quests.

     

     

    No, they are not spending enough resources on story telling. That is why you are clicking thru the quests.

    Their first mistake is to use text to communicate a story. That is boring, and they lose the audience right away.

    No good SP games are using text to communicate their stories anymore. It is the classical principle .. show, don't tell. One good example is the assassination of the empress in the prologue of Dishonored. Are you required to read anything? No, there is a sequence of you (the protagonist) arriving at the fort/palace, and all the story elements are told by scripting/conversation, and gameplay.

    That is how it should be done. Ditto in Witcher 2 ... all the stories are told by showing you the story. Very little reading is needed.

     

  • onlinenow25onlinenow25 San Diego, CAPosts: 275Member
    Originally posted by Quirhid

    Oh, its an obsession now? *sigh* You get a couple of games with a personal story and now its an obsession. image Here we go...

    1. Personal stories are an attempt to include the player in an engaging story much how SRPGs do it. Story is an excellent way to flesh out the world and make the player invested in it. A good story will enhance everything you do in the game.

    Immersion-breaking static world is not really an argument against personal story but against all open world content; everything from resetting quests to respawning mobs are all static content. From my understanding, player's personal stories are almost exclusively run in instances which reduces the impact of other players ruining your immersion.

    2. There are many good stories in MMORPGs, and many more still worth telling. The argument that a kin to "some are bad so just don't bother" is rather weak.

    3. If you yourself identify your third argument to be a weak one, why not just leave it out and focus on the first two?

     

    Oddly enough, games with stories tend to fare far better than games without them. How dull would it be to just grind, grind, grind all day without context and no other objective but to farm money and advance your character?

    You omitted a key word is his topic "PERSONAL", now take that word add it to story and NOW you have the whole context of what he is talking about.  (Sorry for caps but people on this forum cant seem to read a sentence with out changing select words to fuel their opinion)

     

    Next He did not say anything about not having a story, only questioned why there was a need for a personal your the CHOSEN story.  Yet everyone around you is a CHOSEN Savior of the world.  Its boring it blows up immersion and its been over done in way too MMORPGs.

     

    To say its only a few, well I can't seem to remember playing a MMO were it didn't exist at least in some part of the game.  It was there in AO at the start, and well just about every MMO since WoW including WoW.  Heck I remember a bit of it being in DAoC for the first few starter quests as well, EQ2 had it too.

     

    A better story can be developed if its centered around the world your playing in than you your self.  Not to mention a MMORPG used to be about YOUR story, you built up YOUR reputation between players not rep grinding NPCs.

     

     

  • QuirhidQuirhid TamperePosts: 5,969Member Common

    Originally posted by Creslin321

    Originally posted by Quirhid

    Oh, its an obsession now? *sigh* You get a couple of games with a personal story and now its an obsession. image Here we go...

    1. Personal stories are an attempt to include the player in an engaging story much how SRPGs do it. Story is an excellent way to flesh out the world and make the player invested in it. A good story will enhance everything you do in the game.

    Immersion-breaking static world is not really an argument against personal story but against all open world content; everything from resetting quests to respawning mobs are all static content. From my understanding, player's personal stories are almost exclusively run in instances which reduces the impact of other players ruining your immersion.

    2. There are many good stories in MMORPGs, and many more still worth telling. The argument that a kin to "some are bad so just don't bother" is rather weak.

    3. If you yourself identify your third argument to be a weak one, why not just leave it out and focus on the first two?

     

    Oddly enough, games with stories tend to fare far better than games without them. How dull would it be to just grind, grind, grind all day without context and no other objective but to farm money and advance your character?

    Couple of games?  I think you'd be hard-pressed to find a post-WoW AAA MMORPG that does not have a "you are the hero" story lol :).  Every one I can think of does.  ESO, GW2, AoC...

    And even if they don't have a contiguous storyline, all the quests are still just for "the player" and have zero to do with the shared world.  So it's still a "problem" for an MMORPG.

    I identify "you are the hero story" and "personal story" as two different things, but if you have beef with a hero story consider this: Would you be interested in hearing about Uncle Owen's story? -No. Hardly anyone would. Following Luke's exploits is much more entertaining.

    And while sometimes it is fun to have a "weak" protagonist, he/she must always do something interesting in order to be entertaining. Hence, no stories about regular stormtroopers doing regular stormtrooper business. ...whatever that may be.

    Next point, it's not just that some are bad, it's that the vast majority are just worse than SPRPG stories.  Sure, you may get your occasional interesting quest...but most of them are filler.  I think the majority of people would agree with that.  Even worse, the pacing in MMORPGs in normally terrible because you have to do a lot of "normal" leveling in between quests so it's like watching a 2 day long commercial in between a TV show...you totally lose focus on what the heck you were doing in your main quest.

    You are basically saying that badly done or just bad stories are an argument against implementing them in the first place. If you think this is a legitimate argument, what stops you from using the same argument against everything you deem subpar? What stops me from using it?

    No. You must come up with something else.

    To the third point, I never identified it as a weak argument.  I said you may think it's initially a bad assumption.  Then I went on to say why it wasn't.  People who play a game for over a year clearly are not playing it for the story they completed months or years ago.

    It is still a weak argument because it is based on speculation and anecdotal evidence at best. Still, even if people didn't play months or years because of the story, doesn't mean they didn't initially enjoy the stories or that the stories did a great job of introducing and immersing them to the game world.

    Originally posted by Creslin321

    Originally posted by Quirhid
    Originally posted by Cephus404
    There is no personal story, everyone who plays the game gets the same personal story.  It's fine in a SP game because there are no other people to compare your tale to, but in an MMO?  Forget it.  Everyone you see in the game is doing the same story you are.  They're all the chosen one.

    Are you jealous of the other chosen ones?

    Seriously. Why don't you just treat them as filler episodes in a TV series (or treat the rest of the game as a filler episodes)? They may interject the main plot line, something might happen, but anything is hardly ever permanent; and afterwards the main plot-line continues as if nothing happened.

    I don't see a problem here. All good content should be welcome.

    It's not that I (and probably others) think that these you are the hero games shouldn't be made.  On the contrary, I love games like that.  I just don't think they should be MMORPGs.

    For example, I think that ESO and SWTOR would have fit MUCH better as coop RPGs.  There's just no reason for them to have an open shared world.

    While I agree that most of what should've come from those IPs was a couple of CORPGs, there is no "should be" or "shouldn't be" in MMORPGs. I'm afraid such narrow line of thinking would stymie innovation, and we wouldn't want that now would we?

    I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been -Wayne Gretzky

  • docminus2docminus2 StockholmPosts: 158Member Common

    Maybe not the full picture, but isn't SWG in part to "blame" for this?

    First the was pre-CU SWG, then CU, and supposedly people were complaining that it wasn't "Star Warsy" enough, hence the NGE (though, as we all know, they were discouraged by WoW and tried to copied that instead). People wanted to feel epic (probably as in Single Player Games). And also perhaps the whole SWG vs the KOTOR story. There was also the UO/EQ people who talked about the heroic/epic parts, but tbh, there was (is) a lot of lore, but not much story.

    And one thing led to another.....

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  • SEANMCADSEANMCAD Houston, TXPosts: 5,348Member

    does anyone really read quests?

     

    Correlation does not imply causation

  • onlinenow25onlinenow25 San Diego, CAPosts: 275Member
    Originally posted by Quirhid

    Originally posted by Creslin321

    Originally posted by Quirhid

    Oh, its an obsession now? *sigh* You get a couple of games with a personal story and now its an obsession. image Here we go...

    1. Personal stories are an attempt to include the player in an engaging story much how SRPGs do it. Story is an excellent way to flesh out the world and make the player invested in it. A good story will enhance everything you do in the game.

    Immersion-breaking static world is not really an argument against personal story but against all open world content; everything from resetting quests to respawning mobs are all static content. From my understanding, player's personal stories are almost exclusively run in instances which reduces the impact of other players ruining your immersion.

    2. There are many good stories in MMORPGs, and many more still worth telling. The argument that a kin to "some are bad so just don't bother" is rather weak.

    3. If you yourself identify your third argument to be a weak one, why not just leave it out and focus on the first two?

     

    Oddly enough, games with stories tend to fare far better than games without them. How dull would it be to just grind, grind, grind all day without context and no other objective but to farm money and advance your character?

    Couple of games?  I think you'd be hard-pressed to find a post-WoW AAA MMORPG that does not have a "you are the hero" story lol :).  Every one I can think of does.  ESO, GW2, AoC...

    And even if they don't have a contiguous storyline, all the quests are still just for "the player" and have zero to do with the shared world.  So it's still a "problem" for an MMORPG.

    I identify "you are the hero story" and "personal story" as two different things, but if you have beef with a hero story consider this: Would you be interested in hearing about Uncle Owen's story? -No. Hardly anyone would. Following Luke's exploits is much more entertaining.

     

    Actually I bet you would.  Many famous books such as Robinson Crusoe focus on the ever day actions of an individual.  There is a whole genre of books centered around the 'average' person and their life story.  So to say people are uninterested in an random persons story well your dead wrong and I will boldly claim that you don't even know what you truly enjoy.

  • Paradigm68Paradigm68 New York, NYPosts: 884Member Uncommon

    Agreed!  It's just antithetical to the genre to not only define the player's characters for them, but also the idiocy of having that definition be the same for everyone.

    That aside, what's even worse is that the definition is always the 'chosen one'. How embarrassing. I remember how disappointed I was at Age of Conan's launch to realize every single character had the same exact origin story and we were all the chosen one whose coming was foretold in the stars.  It's just stupid.

    Devs: Make rich lush detailed game worlds with rich lush detailed lore and give the players the toolset to let their chars tell their own damn stories. It's kinda the point of the genre.

  • ste2000ste2000 londonPosts: 4,706Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by SEANMCAD

    does anyone really read quests?

     

    Nope

    They are just XP ATM.............

  • TholdornasTholdornas KielPosts: 59Member Uncommon

    Personal story CAN work if pulled off right. While it's right that the very concept of having a 'you are the chosen one' story that mostly happens in instanced areas within a persistent world is ... let's call it weird, with a few things it could work:

    1. The personal story CAN'T have a final ending

    This one is obvious, yet no story-driven MMO seems to glance at this point: if you give the story a ending, of course players get bored, but if you set your story up so that there is no 'epic final boss' waiting at the end of the line and then nothing, the story itself can flow seamless into the player-driven content. I'm no story-telling genius and I sure as hell have no actual idea how to do this in every scenario, but if you focus on it right from the start, it should be possible, especially when we decide that ...

    2. The story HAS to give the player choices

    In a sense this one should explain itself: players love being in control. SWTOR gives us a glance at the concept, although even there it's not fully realized, in my opinion, at least. Personal stories should be split in smaller stories that just ... happen, coming from a lore perspective, meaning: say, we're in a space MMO and after the introductional part you have the choice of visiting one of three planets. Depending on your choice, another story begins and, for example, a certain villain is introduced. Let's say the story continues in a way that this villain doesn't die or vanish by the end you finish that particular planet; after that he can (maybe even kind of randomly) pop up on other planets, in addition to the (story-driven) problems you may find on your next planet, making it possible for multiple story-related incidents to occur simultaneously.

    What I'm saying basically boils down to: maybe building a story around the player/protagonist is the wrong way to go and even if I just kind of writing down my thoughts on the subject, building stories off the lore and letting them clash with the player's journey makes a whole lot more sense than building the story following 'stereotypic hero story' formula B.

    Just my two cents.

  • Paradigm68Paradigm68 New York, NYPosts: 884Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Quirhid

    Would you be interested in hearing about Uncle Owen's story? -No. Hardly anyone would. Following Luke's exploits is much more entertaining.

    The point is, shouldn't the player get to decide who their own character is? Having the game determine who your character is pretty silly in a multiplayer rpg.

    Consider this: Would Star Wars have been such a great movie if every character was Luke?

  • ShrillyShrilly Citra, FLPosts: 381Member Uncommon

    They need to take a look at history and treat it like a real world thats the only way it would work. Try to fake some reality this or thats supposed to happen won't allow it to reach mass proportions.

    If they made a consistent world that followed closely to the events of our own world you'd probably feel something familiar.

  • QuirhidQuirhid TamperePosts: 5,969Member Common
    Originally posted by Paradigm68
    Originally posted by Quirhid

    Would you be interested in hearing about Uncle Owen's story? -No. Hardly anyone would. Following Luke's exploits is much more entertaining.

    The point is, shouldn't the player get to decide who their own character is? Having the game determine who your character is pretty silly in a multiplayer rpg.

    Consider this: Would Star Wars have been such a great movie if every character was Luke?

    What if nobody was Luke? -Empire won - the end. Mass Effect decides puts you in the shoes of Commander and XO of the SSV Normandy. In Planescape Torment you wake up on a slab as a corpse. In Baldur's Gate you are the child of Bhaal the god of murder and mischief, the stepchild of Gorion. In Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind you are the Nerevar reincarnate... Story dictating parts of who your character is nothing new really.

    I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been -Wayne Gretzky

  • SEANMCADSEANMCAD Houston, TXPosts: 5,348Member
    Originally posted by Tholdornas

    Personal story CAN work if pulled off right. While it's right that the very concept of having a 'you are the chosen one' story that mostly happens in instanced areas within a persistent world is ... let's call it weird, with a few things it could work:

    1. The personal story CAN'T have a final ending

    This one is obvious, yet no story-driven MMO seems to glance at this point: if you give the story a ending, of course players get bored, but if you set your story up so that there is no 'epic final boss' waiting at the end of the line and then nothing, the story itself can flow seamless into the player-driven content. I'm no story-telling genius and I sure as hell have no actual idea how to do this in every scenario, but if you focus on it right from the start, it should be possible, especially when we decide that ...

    2. The story HAS to give the player choices

    In a sense this one should explain itself: players love being in control. SWTOR gives us a glance at the concept, although even there it's not fully realized, in my opinion, at least. Personal stories should be split in smaller stories that just ... happen, coming from a lore perspective, meaning: say, we're in a space MMO and after the introductional part you have the choice of visiting one of three planets. Depending on your choice, another story begins and, for example, a certain villain is introduced. Let's say the story continues in a way that this villain doesn't die or vanish by the end you finish that particular planet; after that he can (maybe even kind of randomly) pop up on other planets, in addition to the (story-driven) problems you may find on your next planet, making it possible for multiple story-related incidents to occur simultaneously.

    What I'm saying basically boils down to: maybe building a story around the player/protagonist is the wrong way to go and even if I just kind of writing down my thoughts on the subject, building stories off the lore and letting them clash with the player's journey makes a whole lot more sense than building the story following 'stereotypic hero story' formula B.

    Just my two cents.

    many of us are asking ourselves 'why bother'.

    instead of giving me a back story or a quest story just provide me with a large world with things to explore on every corner.

    If I want a story I will watch a movie or read a book

    Correlation does not imply causation

  • ShrillyShrilly Citra, FLPosts: 381Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Quirhid
    Originally posted by Paradigm68
    Originally posted by Quirhid

    Would you be interested in hearing about Uncle Owen's story? -No. Hardly anyone would. Following Luke's exploits is much more entertaining.

    The point is, shouldn't the player get to decide who their own character is? Having the game determine who your character is pretty silly in a multiplayer rpg.

    Consider this: Would Star Wars have been such a great movie if every character was Luke?

    What if nobody was Luke? -Empire won - the end. Mass Effect decides puts you in the shoes of Commander and XO of the SSV Normandy. In Planescape Torment you wake up on a slab as a corpse. In Baldur's Gate you are the child of Bhaal the god of murder and mischief, the stepchild of Gorion. In Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind you are the Nerevar reincarnate... Story dictating parts of who your character is nothing new really.

    Aren't these single player games? where it kinda fits the genre

  • QuirhidQuirhid TamperePosts: 5,969Member Common
    Originally posted by Shrilly
    Originally posted by Quirhid
    Originally posted by Paradigm68
    Originally posted by Quirhid

    Would you be interested in hearing about Uncle Owen's story? -No. Hardly anyone would. Following Luke's exploits is much more entertaining.

    The point is, shouldn't the player get to decide who their own character is? Having the game determine who your character is pretty silly in a multiplayer rpg.

    Consider this: Would Star Wars have been such a great movie if every character was Luke?

    What if nobody was Luke? -Empire won - the end. Mass Effect decides puts you in the shoes of Commander and XO of the SSV Normandy. In Planescape Torment you wake up on a slab as a corpse. In Baldur's Gate you are the child of Bhaal the god of murder and mischief, the stepchild of Gorion. In Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind you are the Nerevar reincarnate... Story dictating parts of who your character is nothing new really.

    Aren't these single player games? where it kinda fits the genre

    They are RPGs. Some of them are multiplayer ones. The ones we were talking about.

    I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been -Wayne Gretzky

  • waynejr2waynejr2 West Toluca Lake, CAPosts: 4,481Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Quirhid

    Oh, its an obsession now? *sigh* You get a couple of games with a personal story and now its an obsession. image Here we go...

    1. Personal stories are an attempt to include the player in an engaging story much how SRPGs do it. Story is an excellent way to flesh out the world and make the player invested in it. A good story will enhance everything you do in the game.

    Immersion-breaking static world is not really an argument against personal story but against all open world content; everything from resetting quests to respawning mobs are all static content. From my understanding, player's personal stories are almost exclusively run in instances which reduces the impact of other players ruining your immersion.

    2. There are many good stories in MMORPGs, and many more still worth telling. The argument that a kin to "some are bad so just don't bother" is rather weak.

    3. If you yourself identify your third argument to be a weak one, why not just leave it out and focus on the first two?

     

    Oddly enough, games with stories tend to fare far better than games without them. How dull would it be to just grind, grind, grind all day without context and no other objective but to farm money and advance your character?

    mmoRPGs are RPGs with more people.  It is natural that you have this RPG element.  If people don't like RPGs I wonder what attracts them to mmoRPGS in the first place.

  • Cephus404Cephus404 Redlands, CAPosts: 3,675Member
    Originally posted by Quirhid
    Originally posted by Cephus404
    There is no personal story, everyone who plays the game gets the same personal story.  It's fine in a SP game because there are no other people to compare your tale to, but in an MMO?  Forget it.  Everyone you see in the game is doing the same story you are.  They're all the chosen one.

    Are you jealous of the other chosen ones?

    Seriously. Why don't you just treat them as filler episodes in a TV series (or treat the rest of the game as a filler episodes)? They may interject the main plot line, something might happen, but anything is hardly ever permanent; and afterwards the main plot-line continues as if nothing happened.

    I don't see a problem here. All good content should be welcome.

    No jealousy involved, I have no interest in being the chosen one to begin with, especially in a game where everyone goes through the same storyline.  It might be interesting if there were a variety of questlines and people, based on their choices, had different outcomes, but that's not how it works.  Everyone is the hero, everyone kills the big bad, everyone gets the princess and it just cheapens the story if everyone you bump into on the street is the One True Hero.  I'd rather people be able to forge their own path than be shoved through the same story as everyone else.

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  • Agent_JosephAgent_Joseph SarajevoPosts: 1,070Member Uncommon

    game companies  selling SP +MP/co-op games  as MMO's.

    Today ,dlc's are not sufficient  for greedy gaming industry they need  in game cash shops ,but it is not working with SP games.But working nice in mmo's.Players love it!

     

    Personal stories are illusion,there are not personal stories,any player has same stories,nothing personal.

    only EVE is real MMO...but I am impressive with TSW

  • Flyte27Flyte27 Greenwich, CTPosts: 2,841Member Uncommon
    I'm pretty sure leveling via quests and instances is what has killed the social aspect of MMORPGs and turned them into single player games until endgame.  In Ultima Online and Everquest I would just jump in and join up with people who were grinding mobs.  I might go to a large amount of various different zones, but I would find people to group up with.  Right now that is taken out of the equation because you have to match up quests with other people and you don't always see other people do to instances/phasing.  It would be nice if quests were reserved for things like Epic weapons and were really hard to complete or at least have them be an option to do for rewards, but I would rather them not be the way people level up.
  • dontadowdontadow Detroit, MIPosts: 1,044Member Uncommon

    I strongly diagree. If you aren't role playing a story, what exactly are you role playing. I guess real role players have loss this genre, but initially, the games were suppose to feel like multiplayer single role playing games, where you went on epic quests and your characters could change the world.  Now it seems sthe majority of folk are just looking for the next tread mill. 

    MMO companies began attracting the FPS crowd and inovations to the story telling element were lost in a sea of quest hubs.  

    The notion that completing a story that someone else has completed diminishes the story makes no sense. Before multiplayer element, millions of people completed the same stories as others and it never diminished an accomplishment. In mmos, its not like you get to the tavern and share tales of fighting the same foes.  

    i wish game creators would get back to making the MMO an adjective again instead of the definition.  I want to have the experience i have in single player rpgs with buddies. 

  • Flyte27Flyte27 Greenwich, CTPosts: 2,841Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by dontadow
    I strongly diagree. If you aren't role playing a story, what exactly are you role playing. I guess real role players have loss this genre, but initially, the games were suppose to feel like multiplayer single role playing games, where you went on epic quests and your characters could change the world.  Now it seems sthe majority of folk are just looking for the next tread mill

    For my part I was going on epic quests.  It was like when you are a kid and you are coming up with your own stories with your friends.  Perhaps kids these days don't do that?  To me it was actually a lot more enjoyable that way.  I'm not saying I could come up with a better story then the devs,but the story would be better to me.  Most of the quests the devs come up with have to have mass appeal and end up being fairly generic and boring most of the time.  Especially when the game contains 1000 or more quests.

  • SovrathSovrath Boston Area, MAPosts: 18,462Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Creslin321

     

    3.  Long-term MMORPG players don't play for the story.

    You might think I'm making a bad assumption here, but think about it.  Most folks get through the story content of an MMORPG in a month or two...yet people play MMORPGs for years.  Clearly, these people are not playing it for the story, if they were, they would stop once it's over.

    No, long-term MMORPG players play for the world, social aspects, grinding, etc...

     

     

    There are several groups of players who integrate differently with different mmo's.

    Some want a "world" and want the game play to be about how they interact with that world and how they interact wth the players. Some are interested in "story" and experiencing the game with others on different levels.

    Still, some take the games for what they are, do the content until there is no story or until they hit level cap and move on.

    I am a long term mmorpg but some games aren't conducive to this type of play therefore there is no reason for me to stick around. SWToR was like that for me. And yet I played Lineage 2 for over 4 1/2 years and have played lotro on and off since some of the earlier closed betas.

    You are trying to make a blanket statement that doesn't necessarily fit every person and every game.

  • SomeOldBlokeSomeOldBloke Lancaster, UKPosts: 2,141Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by waynejr2
    Originally posted by Quirhid

    Oh, its an obsession now? *sigh* You get a couple of games with a personal story and now its an obsession. image Here we go...

    1. Personal stories are an attempt to include the player in an engaging story much how SRPGs do it. Story is an excellent way to flesh out the world and make the player invested in it. A good story will enhance everything you do in the game.

    Immersion-breaking static world is not really an argument against personal story but against all open world content; everything from resetting quests to respawning mobs are all static content. From my understanding, player's personal stories are almost exclusively run in instances which reduces the impact of other players ruining your immersion.

    2. There are many good stories in MMORPGs, and many more still worth telling. The argument that a kin to "some are bad so just don't bother" is rather weak.

    3. If you yourself identify your third argument to be a weak one, why not just leave it out and focus on the first two?

     

    Oddly enough, games with stories tend to fare far better than games without them. How dull would it be to just grind, grind, grind all day without context and no other objective but to farm money and advance your character?

    mmoRPGs are RPGs with more people.  It is natural that you have this RPG element.  If people don't like RPGs I wonder what attracts them to mmoRPGS in the first place.

    I don't want an artificial role thrust on me, I want to create it myself. With personal stories in MMORPGs (and for that matter SPRPGs) choices are immaterial as the end result is always the same. You kill the bad guy. I want to be able to create my personal story. To be able to learn what I need to to survive in a virtual world. To help or hinder others at a whim. For the Virtual World to change as a consequence of mine and other peoples actions.

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