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I was reading a few blogs today written by mmo players and I came across this paragraph:
However the biggest problem plaguing sandbox mmo's is lack of direction and drive. Even though the games have endless potential, when it comes to the players having to do everything for themselves it becomes a little too much. Especially for the casual player such as myself, I like to come home and log on with goals set, and some clear progression to accomplish. I don't know if I could come home from work and have to try and invent something to keep me entertained. (http://www.ensidia.net/community/blogs/92.html)
I think, for me, this hits the nail right on the head. I am a casual player. I don't want to decide what to do, where to go, how to progress in my game world -- I do that 10 hours a day at my job in the real world. My themepark world is where I go to relax.
Why do YOU choose the themepark or the sandbox. Discuss.
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