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I had a discussion with my friend on this topic of what a themepark mmo is. my argument is simple; Themepark MMO are sandbox mmo with lots of Developer made contents.
what I notice from playing Rift, that there is a short moment of leveling a character to max level, when I ask myself "Ok I am max level, now what I do?"
Well isnt that the same question many people ask when they play a sandbox game with freedom to do as you like? Thats when I realized that "Endgame" is only something we do once we reach the maximum level within a game. But once that is reached, doesnt the player have the freedom to do whatever they like just like a sandbox mmo?
back to the topic question:
if a game like Eve had levels at first, but once at max level (for sake of question, lets pretend the max level is 40) the game is the same as it currently is.
Would the Eve game in this new way no longer be a sandbox?
to me, the game would seem themepark like while leveling, but for players that are level 40 (endgame) wouldnt the game be sandbox, since its basically the same game as it currently is?
Note: this not a argument on whether this would be a good idea to add to Eve or not. This is also not a argument on whether or not this would ever happen.