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Hey folks. I dropped in and read a few dozen posts today. I'm glad to see the MMORPG crowd is still in rare form. I've been away for awhile... but still keep EQN on the back burner in my thoughts.
Ever since I heard they were making a new Everquest, I've had mixed emotions that swing from fanboy to hater and all places in between. I did buy the trailblazer pack and have goofed around in Landmark a bit. I'm impressed a bit by the capability of the engine - but have to say, I'm not a fan of the hazy mist look. Drab it is.
So now. EQN. Will it work for me? Probably for a few weeks. I do hope it is fantastic and we get play it for years. I'm hoping Storybricks and the emergent AI can deliver as game changers. But... lately, can't put my finger on it, I don't think it's shaping up to be what I want. But at the same time... I'm beginning to question and think what I want may not be obtainable from any MMO's based on the direction of the past few years, and I'm sad to say even any old games at this point.
Here's why. Like a good number of you MMORPG old timers I've been around since the beginning off computer gaming. I won't go into details, there are plenty of my past posts for that, but it's fair to say I've seen the best and worst of what the MMO has to offer. Well as so often happens when I start thinking of the past.. I get nostalgic. I remember the old times, the first time I played in EQ. I remember all of the good times. Rose colored glasses etc.. etc.
Well this last time it happened, I got the feeling to play AC again. I also tried an emu version of EQ and even SWG emu (that was painful). But here's the thing. I had a little fun with each for a few days, saw more than a few people playing with the same aspirations as me... even took a new toon in AC to level 90ish... but after a week, the magic of nostalgia was stale. These games were not so much fun anymore and gasp.. O.o they were boring! They were much better in my memory than in reality.
Would a shiny new coat of graphics add some longevity to the old games and their mechanics? Sure... but still. I'm beginning to think maybe it's not the MMO genre but me as an old gamer. What I think I want is the feeling of playing something new again. Playing something all my friends are playing. Playing something that is going to be big, not big in numbers like WoW, but big in the sense like how EQ shaped all future MMO's way back in 1999.
Ultimately, for me at least, I think the only thing that will fix the MMO genre will be the game that can take us in a new direction, not the same old mechanics with a new coat of paint. It may not even be an MMO that does it... it could be something such as VR or some other uninvented tech, and it may be years before we see it happen.
Anyway, to end this mess of a post. I'm sad to admit that I think the MMO genre, especially as remembered from days past, is dying a slow and pitiful death. We wiped, pulled to many. No rez for us. Goodbye.
Oh.. cya in EQN. I'll be there and hoping it can deliver. /sigh