I started reading some books in a genre I just heard of - LitRPG (short for literature rpgs) after reading a series my son recommended called the Cradle series by Will Wight (he calls it waxia or something and that series is great but not litrpg, the litrpgs recommendations came from kindle after reading that).
There are some really, really good litrpg books and some really, really bad ones - one common theme they all have is a pretty involved and non-sophomoric rpg systems. I would kill for an mmorpg based on Reborn Apocalypse or The Ritualist series or Tower of Heaven. Basically any of them, even the systems from the horrible books because they are so, so much better than what reality gives us or anything we have to look forward to.
Granted balance isn't always big in these systems with rare classes or abilities, etc. Or unique skills. But even if the systems were balanced, it would still blow most games out of the water besides maybe DDO. Only AO maybe comes remotely close after that. All these books revolve around significant choices (and lots of them) the character makes, something modern mmorpgs have completely removed for the most part. Just think how boring litrpg books would be if they were actually modelled after the boring ass rpg lite tripe all the popular mmorpgs have now and have for well, well over a decade.
It is pretty sad I am reduced to getting my mmorpg fix from books now seeing as game is part of the acronym and I much rather scratch my mmorpg itch with an actual mmorpg.
Alright, I just wanted to whine about this real quick. Thank you for letting me get this off my chest.