As I blow the dust off of my MMORPG.com blog I can't help to look back at the past year with some fond memories. Here's some Kudos and Canning of the high (and low) points of last year, along with a look forward.
Kudos 2: MMORPG.com. A good website with a great staff. This site has an smart, intuitive and vibrant community. With a firm hand the moderators corral the masses while giving us up to the minute news and information on our favorite pastime: online gaming.
Canning: Me. I sold out. I started writing on another website after being dazzled by being approached to get paid to write. Only to find out that a million other people were approached as well. I wasn't as special as I thought I was. lol, live and learn. Blog-fail.
Kudos 2: Icarus Studios, makers of Fallen Earth. For pulling off one of the biggest sleeper hits of 2009. After a long and successful beta, the community responds by supporting the game that is actually bring some refreshing changes to the field.
Canning: Global Agenda. I was in the closed beta until I ran into some windows xp issues that disabled me from continuing. When contacted the staff and posting in the forums, I got an 'oh well' answer and dropped the beta. Beta-Fail and I will not support this game.
Kudos 2: Turbine Studios. What seemed as an act of desperation they ported Dungeons and Dragons Online over to Free-to-play (try). This jumpstarted the games popularity and might even inspire other studios to do the same with their struggling titles. Vanguard, I am talking to you.
Canning: Cryptic Studios and Champion Online. After a bleeding launch and much ado over subscription deals they end up being a 'cool-to-try and play with the character creator game'. Figure it out Cryptic, it can't be RMT and Sub, pick your poison and make hay while the sun is shining. DCUO and Marvel Universe are coming...
Kudos 2: I have to hand it to Beau Turkey. He is really working hard to become an internet celebrity. He's got a successful podcast, started a community and he writes for disabled gamers as a game journalist. I know we have had our issues and I might of said some mean things, because thats what I do when I disagree with someone point of view. Don't judge me, I am not perfect!
Canning: Tobold. Being a fan for almost all of 2009 of what I thought was one of the most well written and intellectual blogs about video games. I was suddenly turned off when he began using it as a soapbox to lob bombs at another writers blog. Beau did the same thing in his podcast and it turned me off. I don't like it when you use your position and public influence to knock someone else. Blog-fail 2.0
Kudos 2: Aion. It is a great game. I didn't continue after beta and decided to play EVE instead.
Canning: Me, because I left Aion after beta and decided to play EVE instead. Gamer-fail.
Kudos 2: Funcom. They are bleeding cash and struggling to keep their heads above water with two 2 titles that are hemmoraging subscribers. With the company continuing to make improvements on Anarchy Online and Age of Conan, they make a bold move forward by announcing their third title. An all new and much anticipated 'The Secret World' due out sometime in 2010. Maybe...
Canning: Blizzard for Cataclysm. Because you just can't break up the Barrens. It's tradition at this point. I don't care who you blow up, but leave the barrens alone. Barrens-chat-fail.
Kudos 2: Sony. For continuing one of the best franchises in RPG history, stealing the show at E3 09 and announcing FFXIV. Even though it's going to kill FFIX, I think it was time for a change. As a big fan of FFIX I am also looking forward to it. Now all I need is a PS3 and I am good to go.
Canning: Bethesda. What the heck is going on with the Fallout MMO>?< Studio-contract-fail.
Kudos 2: Duke Nukem Forever. One of the best video game "PSYCHE, made ya look!" in history.
Canning: Avatar: The Game. For not being released as an MMO. OH WAIT! They did, it's called Ryzom!
Kudos 2: CCP. I have to say after playing EVE for a few months, it really is an awesome game. This company is evolving and will continue to show it through their product; don't believe me then heres some Dust 514 in your face!
That's enough of the reflecting, now lets look forward to some predictions for the coming year.
I predict...The Secret World will not be released this year.
I predict... Aion will reach 7 million subs in the US after it changes the content to a more western friendly non-grinding approach.
I predict... Beau Turkey will have his own TV show. No kidding, just wait, he's relentless.
I predict... Fallen Earth will hit 1 million subs this year. Yeah, thats about right, and it will shock you all.
I predict... the closure of more vanguard, warhammer online and maybe even a few wow servers.
I predict... Darkfall will survive and continue to grow, but will always be the J.R. Ewing of MMORPG's. Say it after me, "Darkfall is a good game." And I will play Darkfall this year...wait...I will?
I predict... a PS3 in my future and more blogposts on MMORPG.com!
I predict... that there will be more Hulkageddon's in EVE online, and with EVE being a PVP game, it will make mining a contact sport instead of something you can use a macro for.
So this is all my crystal ball had for me, I want to say that I am looking forward to a long and fun year with you and MMORGP.com.