I've seen some very well written and interesting blog and forum posts here at mmorpg.com on the fun factor of today's games being missing.
But I wonder...just what, exactly, is it that we view as fun?
Some clamor for more PvP, others for more PvE, still others for larger worlds...but is that really what is missing?
Maybe we should stop for a minute and consider that what we are REALLY looking for is what we found in all those old console games most of us have played in our lives.
Lunar 2 Eternal Blue is one of those old games, one that is considered a classic by most who have played it. It truly was a journey of discovery, with the story line evolving as you worked your way through each challenge...and who can forget that awesome ship?
Final Fantasy games were incredible, filled with drama, humor, and of course the ever epic and totally adored Chocobo, long may he live!
Super Mario Brothers could drive you flat nuts, trying to leap over the chasm, and instead falling to your death...yet it was exciting when you discovered hidden areas, and were finally able to beat a boss after trying X amount of times.
Maybe, just maybe, what so many of us are longing for are these seemingly lost aspects of the console games we cut our teeth on and came to love.
Give us a REAL story that actually evolves with us, revealled as we journey through an amazing world filled with mystery and danger. Give us areas that we can unlock through accidental discovery or by conquering a challenging boss. Give us some humor along the way, so it's not all a depressing tale of woe.
It's not all about epic gear or epic mounts or an epic grind that makes you ready to shove an epic sword through a dev's posterior. We PLAY games, which means we are looking for FUN! Play = Fun...is that really so hard to understand?
Just my thoughts for the day... :D