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If old school MMOs were better....why aren't they still the most popular?

Viper482Viper482 Member EpicPosts: 2,392
Always a hot topic on MMORPG.....old school vs modern MMOs, right?

Playing devil's advocate here...because I am one who thinks the old school model was better. If Everquest or DAOC were released tomorrow in their original state but with 2019 graphics, user interface, bug free.....holy crap. 

Someone asked me "if Dark Age of Camelot was so great, why did you stop playing?" I was like....good question lol. Why did I stop? Well for one I tried going back and playing some of these again and they just weren't the same games they used to be. Daoc has had modern features infused with it and it just felt bad. Not to mention it just looks/feels bad for a 2019 game now. I am a little bit of a graphics whore....guilty. 

I do recall when I left it was more because of the direction the game went. But I don't believe If I am being honest, would not go back and play Daoc in its classic release state in 2019 due to ancient UI, graphics, and animations. But if it were all modernized I think I would.

I still believe the old school model was better because MMORPG's back in the day were all about community and the social experience. Not that you can't have that today, but back then the model really fostered those things more so than the modern MMO which to me is mostly a solo game with a chat room.

Any thoughts? 
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What's keeping you away?
  1. Why don't you still play old school MMO's?43 votes
    1. Graphics
      20.93%
    2. Lack of modern features (i.e. auction house, group/raid finder, modern UI)
        4.65%
    3. Too slow/grindy
        4.65%
    4. The modern MMO model is just better
        4.65%
    5. My favorite old school MMO(s) went in a direction I did not like
      25.58%
    6. Populations are too low now
        9.30%
    7. Other or a combination of the above (please post)
      30.23%
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  • Viper482Viper482 Member EpicPosts: 2,392
    Combination of the above for me, as I stated....graphics/UI and direction. 
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  • SovrathSovrath Member LegendaryPosts: 26,341
    Well, considering that I subscribe to Lord of the Rings online (though I'm aware it's minted in the style of World of Warcraft) I can say that I play an "old game."

    Why aren't truly old games more popular?

    I'm going to say that the graphics don't hold up for new players and previous player have probably played the heck out of them and would need additional new content to make it worth while.

    Also, for some people, some quality of life improvements might ruin the experience for them as they truly want an "old game."


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  • blueturtle13blueturtle13 Member LegendaryPosts: 11,572
    Because I played them to death. I don't play mmorpgs at all anymore. 
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  • AlbatroesAlbatroes Member LegendaryPosts: 6,109
    Honestly, the answer why they wouldn't do well is pretty simply and everyone answered why without realizing it. Whenever you see someone talk about an older mmorpg, they always answer about themselves, which is incorrect as to why those games worked back then.

    If you think about it more carefully, its about the environment that created not just in the game but also around other games in the same genre. I think only one person realized the truth about vanilla wow, which was that it was a very casual game compared to its competitors. You didn't need to ground nearly as much as you did in say FFXI and things were alot less forgiven/more grindy in other games (Ragnarok Online was the definition of grind back then).

    Is that why wow was so popular? Honestly, no. It was just better marketed than its competition. TV shows were a big thing back then and anything 'nerd' associated would usually feature wow (there were some shows that did use everquest a couple of times). All these shows/movies were constantly trying to sell you something, whether it be a particular drink a character had, type of clothing, hell even brand of cigarette if you go far back enough (before they cracked down on smoking in film).

    The reason why those types of games just dont do well anymore is because of society more so the games themselves. The pace of society will always determine what is popular. Everyone is usually on the go or indoor and even if they are indoors they probably transition from area to area alot, so games will reflect that. League was popular because it was free and bursty. You could get into something, have fun, didn't need a strict group of people for it, and get out within 30 mins. Alot more people are kinetic based now so they want things that involve more movement and are free.

    I think one other thing isn't really getting enough attention though, which is that gaming entertainment wasn't as big as its become now. I'm sure some people aren't old enough to remember that AAA games used to cost 50$ instead of 60$ and very rarely had 'special editions.' You couple that with a system that would cost around 300$ with computers usually costing double that, so that barrier was pretty high. Of course its not that crazy from today, but the main reason why its more justifiable today as opposed to 15 years ago is because of free gaming. Whether we like it or not, free games have made gaming a lot more of an option to people than it did before, thus resulting in a wider audience of players. This means you have people playing games that dont really care for the game itself half the time and just what it can provide them with for a few hours, thus resulting in retention play being all over the place this past decade than it was prior.
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  • GaladournGaladourn Member RarePosts: 1,757
    I wanted to vote "I still play old school MMOs" but there was no option. That is, if Classic is considered old school.
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  • Viper482Viper482 Member EpicPosts: 2,392
    Galadourn said:
    I wanted to vote "I still play old school MMOs" but there was no option. That is, if Classic is considered old school.

    Appreciate it, but this was more for people like me who will tell you Daoc was the greatest MMO ever.....then why don't I play it anymore? And I see a few people mention WoW, but remember WoW has modernized its systems and UI over the years as well. Now WoW Classic is the wild card here. I did not like vanilla WoW all that much in the first place, as I was into Daoc, UO, and EQ back then. WoW was the beginning of the end for me.
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  • AmatheAmathe Member LegendaryPosts: 5,073
    Some people left pen and paper RPGs to play MUDs. But pen and paper RPGs still exist.

    Some people left MUDs to play first generation mmorpgs. But first generation mmorpgs still exist.

    I could go on through second and third generation games.

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  • AmatheAmathe Member LegendaryPosts: 5,073
    edited June 12
    P.S. It reminds me of shampoo. :)

    Normally my wife does the shopping in our family. A few weeks ago I went. I just wanted shampoo. The same shampoo I have used all my life. Damned if I could find it. There were about 20 variations. Shampoo with ____. Shampoo with ____ AND _____. Shampoo for _____ hair. On and on and on. 

    I was overwhelmed by the choices. Also baffled as to their merits.

    The market is similarly flooded with mmorpgs and games pretending to be mmorpgs. 

    Older games may be getting lost in the shuffle amongst hundreds of newer ones. 
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  • IselinIselin Member LegendaryPosts: 12,275
    They were only better in their day compared to the other online games you could play instead which was almost exclusively lobby FPS.

    It's a whole different gaming landscape today with a shitpile and a half of online gaming options.

    Those early ones were also very rough around the edges with a lot of weird mechanics that deserved to die and did. A lot of the extra socializing in them that old timers remember fondly was actually just required to work around some of the more obnoxiously primitive mechanics.
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  • AlBQuirkyAlBQuirky Member RarePosts: 5,076
    EQ was my first. It has changed so much it's not near the same game now. Not surprising after 22years and counting ;)

    I just got back into City of Heroes (emulated servers). It's not the original 2004 game, but it's still got that flavor and community.

    Most of the old MMORPGs that are still up and running have gone through phases trying to entice the "new batch of players" that WoW brought to the genre, and those still coming.
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  • ScorchienScorchien Member LegendaryPosts: 6,560
    Still playing UO , Eq2 Kaladim and Anarchy online because they more immersive worlds that bring more challenging and rewarding experience than today's erhmmmmm mmos
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  • ultimateduckultimateduck Member UncommonPosts: 153
    People simply aren't willing to invest in a game like we did 10 or 15 years ago.

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  • Octagon7711Octagon7711 Member LegendaryPosts: 8,693
    It wouldn't let me pick graphics.  

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  • MisterZebubMisterZebub Member EpicPosts: 3,456
    The very same reason more people prefer the LOTR films, or the Got television show to cracking the books, or the Marvel and DC films to reading comic books. MMORPGS of old were a niche market, not mainstream. 
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  • PpiperPpiper Member UncommonPosts: 967
    When EQ came out, there were very few choices. As more and more MMORPG's came out, it diluted the market and spread players apart from each other. Eventually, there were less and less players playing the original games, loss of community. 
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  • ShaighShaigh Member RarePosts: 1,964
    Things weren't better back then, its just a lot worse today.
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  • SovrathSovrath Member LegendaryPosts: 26,341
    Amathe said:
    P.S. It reminds me of shampoo. :)

    Normally my wife does the shopping in our family. A few weeks ago I went. I just wanted shampoo. The same shampoo I have used all my life. Damned if I could find it. There were about 20 variations. Shampoo with ____. Shampoo with ____ AND _____. Shampoo for _____ hair. On and on and on. 

    I was overwhelmed by the choices. Also baffled as to their merits.

    The market is similarly flooded with mmorpgs and games pretending to be mmorpgs. 

    Older games may be getting lost in the shuffle amongst hundreds of newer ones. 
    um, don't leave us hanging, what did you do about the shampoo!?!?!?!?  :o
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  • ScotScot Member LegendaryPosts: 11,118
    Sovrath said:
    Amathe said:
    P.S. It reminds me of shampoo. :)

    Normally my wife does the shopping in our family. A few weeks ago I went. I just wanted shampoo. The same shampoo I have used all my life. Damned if I could find it. There were about 20 variations. Shampoo with ____. Shampoo with ____ AND _____. Shampoo for _____ hair. On and on and on. 

    I was overwhelmed by the choices. Also baffled as to their merits.

    The market is similarly flooded with mmorpgs and games pretending to be mmorpgs. 

    Older games may be getting lost in the shuffle amongst hundreds of newer ones. 
    um, don't leave us hanging, what did you do about the shampoo!?!?!?!?  :o

    Smelly hair until the wife got back? Makes them feel like they are an irreplacble part of your life, so win win. ;)
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  • ConstantineMerusConstantineMerus Member EpicPosts: 2,671
    Sovrath said:
    Amathe said:
    P.S. It reminds me of shampoo. :)

    Normally my wife does the shopping in our family. A few weeks ago I went. I just wanted shampoo. The same shampoo I have used all my life. Damned if I could find it. There were about 20 variations. Shampoo with ____. Shampoo with ____ AND _____. Shampoo for _____ hair. On and on and on. 

    I was overwhelmed by the choices. Also baffled as to their merits.

    The market is similarly flooded with mmorpgs and games pretending to be mmorpgs. 

    Older games may be getting lost in the shuffle amongst hundreds of newer ones. 
    um, don't leave us hanging, what did you do about the shampoo!?!?!?!?  :o
    You need to buy the rest of this story from his cash-shop! 
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  • WhySoSeriousWhySoSerious Member UncommonPosts: 144
    As a massive DAOC fan (It's my #3 MMO of all time), I can say one of the main reasons I quit is because the character movement and combat feels terrible. The melee combat and "style" system don't cut it for me, especially after I got a taste of WoW's super responsive combat.
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  • AmatheAmathe Member LegendaryPosts: 5,073
    Sovrath said:
    Amathe said:
    um, don't leave us hanging, what did you do about the shampoo!?!?!?!?  :o
    Funny you should ask. After much searching there appeared to be a Classic Head & Shoulders. Problem solved, no? No. There is a Classic Clean Collection, with three different kinds! 

    So I basically did the shampoo equivalent of rage quitting, went home empty handed, and asked my wife to please get something next week. I'm using whatever she picked. Can't even bear to read the label. 
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  • IselinIselin Member LegendaryPosts: 12,275
    Amathe said:
    Sovrath said:
    Amathe said:
    um, don't leave us hanging, what did you do about the shampoo!?!?!?!?  :o
    Funny you should ask. After much searching there appeared to be a Classic Head & Shoulders. Problem solved, no? No. There is a Classic Clean Collection, with three different kinds! 

    So I basically did the shampoo equivalent of rage quitting, went home empty handed, and asked my wife to please get something next week. I'm using whatever she picked. Can't even bear to read the label. 
    Lat time I was in your predicament I happened to see a cheap jumbo bottle of horse shampoo (one of the perks of living in a semi-rural suburb) and went with it. It seems to work well on us humans too... take that overly specific shampoo coorp.
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  • TorvalTorval Member LegendaryPosts: 18,932
    Sovrath said:
    Amathe said:
    P.S. It reminds me of shampoo. :)

    Normally my wife does the shopping in our family. A few weeks ago I went. I just wanted shampoo. The same shampoo I have used all my life. Damned if I could find it. There were about 20 variations. Shampoo with ____. Shampoo with ____ AND _____. Shampoo for _____ hair. On and on and on. 

    I was overwhelmed by the choices. Also baffled as to their merits.

    The market is similarly flooded with mmorpgs and games pretending to be mmorpgs. 

    Older games may be getting lost in the shuffle amongst hundreds of newer ones. 
    um, don't leave us hanging, what did you do about the shampoo!?!?!?!?  :o
    You need to buy the rest of this story from his cash-shop! 
    And pay $15 a month to have it strung out over the next 10 years, but only if you listen with 40 other people at the same time.
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  • TorvalTorval Member LegendaryPosts: 18,932
    Iselin said:
    Amathe said:
    Sovrath said:
    Amathe said:
    um, don't leave us hanging, what did you do about the shampoo!?!?!?!?  :o
    Funny you should ask. After much searching there appeared to be a Classic Head & Shoulders. Problem solved, no? No. There is a Classic Clean Collection, with three different kinds! 

    So I basically did the shampoo equivalent of rage quitting, went home empty handed, and asked my wife to please get something next week. I'm using whatever she picked. Can't even bear to read the label. 
    Lat time I was in your predicament I happened to see a cheap jumbo bottle of horse shampoo (one of the perks of living in a semi-rural suburb) and went with it. It seems to work well on us humans too... take that overly specific shampoo coorp.
    I was going to tell him to read the ingredients because they're all the same, much like MMOs. Just pick one you think smells nice and pretend it's better than the rest, much like MMOs. :lol:
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  • TillerTiller Member EpicPosts: 7,547
    The game I loved is gone. There are emulators, and I have played them, but it's just not the same as the official servers.
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