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I have played alot of MMO's over the years and enjoyed countless hours playing them. I have noticed lately that none of the new games out there are holding my interest. I keep trying the latest and geatest games that get released and I am completely bored before two months are over.
I have been trying to figure out why this is. I know that I will never experience the thrill of the game as much as I did in EQ when it was first released. Heck , I can remember my palms sweating the first time I was in a raid in the Plain of Hate. We actually had to be ported in and run around the outside of the zone, then log and relog back in to get rid of the aggro. I was actually excited, those times are long gone though.
I probably will never get that feeling playing a game again. It was new and it was fresh. But as the game progressed, a new trend was creeping in. It started in an arena - PVP. Yes it invaded my MMORPG. Slowly and surely it crept it's evil ways in and just kept taking over little by little. Next thing I knew, I was being nerfed by the almighty nerf bat. What is this, I thought to myself. I have never had problems grouping or soloing, my buddies never cared if I could nuke something in 2 shots.
Not now though, I was told I was just too powerful, I was not designed to nuke another player in one shot. Hey I complained, I never PVP and I am the all powerful wizard who nukes stuff and looks cool doing it. But it just fell on deaf ears.
And that was just the beginning, PVP grew and grew. Now almost all MMORPG's are being designed with PVP in mind from the begginning. And what happens to my MMORPG, it grows smaller and smaller, I have to walk down narrow paths, I get hit by nerf bats, people complain that I am too powerful or too weak.
I lose my community, my guild shrinks in size since they are too busy balancing PVP that they cannot make any new content. They blame it all on instancing, but I know it was that evil PVP that slowly crept in and took over when my back was turned. If only I could have fought it back then, Stopped the flow of evil before it took what adventuring I held so dearly in my heart.
Now it is in full force, my MMORPG is acutally a FPS with a small adventure thrown in. How can I immerse myself in a fantasy land, if it only takes me weeks to grow up and only a small area to grow in. To just spend my days fighting my friends over who can kill each other in 5 seconds.
Bring back the adventure I say. Make the land huge, The characters powerful, The classes many, the crafting a lifetime and the quests something to die for. Take away that Evil PVP before it takes over every memory of MMORPG's we have. If you are going to make a PVP, then make it, but do not put it in my MMORPG.
Please, please get thaat PVP out of my MMORPG !