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If an mmo is made for years of play, it needs certain criteria. I would love to list them all, I may miss a couple, I could even be wrong on a few.
But one is a given, an absolute and that's COMMUNITY. Some can argue because they don't believe it. Some would argue against it because there solo players and want a solo game.
You may ask why I'm posting this here on the Pantheon Rise of the Fallen forums instead of General Discussion. Well, that's because I believe in this mmo. I lost faith in all else associated with the general MMO market and general posters here on this site. I think the majority are not true mmo players but people looking for free games and others slowly taken over the meaning of what an mmo is....The true mmo player is not gone for good but many are simply gone from this web site. For lack of better words hibernating and disgusted.
Recently I made a post here talking how spectacular Pantheon Rise of the Fallen could be if their promises are true. And I will say this is a fact....Many are looking for an mmorpg. It's been years and we only have the outdated classics. Most are not worth playing anymore because they are that out dated, and sold us out with F2P cash shops......Pentheon actually gets it !.....Brad McQuaid gets it !......The lost players would like to come back !.....Millions of others will follow !
So with all that I would like to talk about COMMUNITY :
Older mmos were great for community. EQ1, EQ2, FF11, Vanilla WoW and several others. Yes there out dated but they had community down path. In fact accidently. Modern tools were not in the games to screw up community. Technology did it !!!!!........." Shit, whats wrong with this guy, technology is always good ". No it isn't.........I'll explain.
Mega Servers - Mirror instanced copies. Antonica 1,2,3,4 The Commonlands 1,2,3,4 is a good example, and yes, Everquest 2 is now a mega server. Guild Wars 2 is a mega server, Final Fantasy 14 is a mega server, and the game that gave Mega Server its name, Elders Scrolls Online. There all Mega Servers.
Well, Mega Servers are killing off community. You do not make friends with players you will never see again.
Looking-for-dungeon tools - "We have cross realm technology " says the developers that are about to destroy the games community ! Do I really need to explain this again? This argument is so old here and it's always a fight between the true mmo players and the gamers that don't care about community. You know what Auto Dungeon Finders are ?....Fast fun, that's all. You do not make friends with players you will never see again.
Story Driven Theme Parks- This is solo stuff !.....Millions of gamers flock in. MMO players too, but given 30 days EVERYONE IS GONE.
a) Story is over, no replay value.
b) No time for community, " gotta get my story done or I don't get my prize "
c) Final Fantasy 14 has over 200 story line quest, ALL DONE SOLO.
Fast Leveling- This is killer !......Did you ever make a friend at level 24 played with him several hours, had a good time. Then sleep late, make a cup of coffee and log in to find him 10 levels ahead all because you slept to 10 am ?.....I have. Now this example is a little far fetched. But everyone is out leveling each other, why bother.
Why fast leveling anyway.......LESS CONTENT, that's why. Developers are getting away with two quest per level.
Free-to-play-cash-shops- No one likes to play seriously with gimped freebies. Free players are not COMMUNITY. This may sound bad but I'll say it anyway. Free players should have a big red banner next to their name plat saying " I don't contribute anything ".....Why are there free players anyway ?.....Marketing !
Dynamic Events- Just go ahead and play GuildWars 2. In the middle of a Dynamic Event ask someone "Hay would you like to be my friend". See what happens........Now I'm being silly ......But seriously, Dynamic Events are auto friendship. Everyone will play by themselves. Nothing wrong with a few, but very few.
For an mmo to be successful, leave all the above technology out of it. Put technology into game play !!!!!!
For all the people complaining " I can't find anybody ". Developers NEED to give a social panel that works well and encourage players to use it. And for the players. Use the social panel....It's an mmo !
I'll leave you with this :
For anyone that says " Find your self a good guild ".......No......Developers make the COMMUNITY. They can make or break it !