I’ve been an MMORPG-addict for quite some time now, but for some reason something has driven me to this uncomfortable MMORPG-free episode in my life. I suddenly realize I have more times in my hands than I have use. It feels weird when I have nothing to fill that gap with. I know some smart ass thinks now “Go out you fking nerd and see the world!” but the truth is I do have real life too. Got even couple friends, a lovely girlfriend and a brain dead dog who all keep me busy equally. Occasionally I even have school and work stuff to do.
But, yeah back to the subject. My prime gaming time is on the evening after I’ve walked the dog and said “G’night” to missus. After that I usually trenched deep into other realms with my headphones tightly glued to my ears. The good old times…
Lately the past MMORPG releases have pure junk. Don’t get me wrong now, I’m writing this strictly from my own personal perspective. I know there are worthy MMORPGs popping out every now and then, some of them may have one neat, new and “revolutionary” feature but the rest of the game is still same old shit. And in worst case it’s even something worse than the same old shit. Seems like the gaming companies are watering down their games drastically - like we gamers just all came up with sudden strike of Down syndrome. Oh God, am I soon forced to try a… A single player game?
I personally am so fed up with the never changing Human, Elf, Dwarf –setting. It’s just so old. And the few brave game developers who want to step out of this mold, replace those races with dogs, cows and wolves. I mean, come on! Give us something new, show us you still have imagination. Tabula Rasa tried to create new races, too bad I didn’t stick around long enough to find out if the difference was more than cosmetic. Vanguard had these funny, dumb looking animal races. Don’t even remember their names anymore, but the point is: they just stuck an animal head into human body. The characters even moved like humans. It’s like they don’t even want to see any effort and try to cut corners in stupid ways. At first I thought the cat-like Kurashawhatever felt likea cool addition, but after gaining a few levels it just felt so awkward I had to reroll a human.
(I learned to accept cat race since EQ2 had them and I didn’t want to deny a great game from myself because of that. Though, after seeing the rat race I was pretty sure SOE will add a turtle class next and then the servers are swarming with TMNT’s Leonardos and Splinters. I promised myself I’d quit after that. Eventually overdosing the game made me quit.)
And where’s the originality in games? Who the hell hired The Monkey who designs the armors or dyes them? In most of the MMORPGs I’ve crawled through, you have really trouble finding an armor set that makes you look different than the rest 50 guys standing next to you in Auction House. “Yeah we all use it because the stats are great!”. Well damn, can’t you just throw few extra bananas to the monkey and say “We want 3 more designs of this G8 EPIX pWnishr Rmor”? Oh and while you at it, please make sure that the monkey isn’t color blind. I hate it when my stalker-cloak is pink. It kinda breaks the immersion. *CoughLOTROcough*
I remember Dungeons & Dragons Online had few very great looking, unique armors. Mages had weird glowing potions hanging in their belts, scrolls busting out of pockets and Rangers had backpacks with climbing rope hanging out of it and stuff like that. Oh, and so did Tabula Rasa. They had very nice looking high tech armors and It’s the first game I remember where female players wore body armors equally with guys. Not just thongs and bikinis like in so many other games. Someone should award them from trying to make something new and very cool. I’m not going to analyze either one of the games here completely, I don’t want to piss of any of fans. I come in peace.
I just think while growing with heart full of Neverwinter Nights, the DnD ruleset is still the best. When you are used to have tons of various kinds of skills and spells in your game, with all neat effects and animations it’s hard to accept the current MMORPG setting where you are handed a fistful of skills/spells and the rest of the game you just update the skills/spells with better ranks. And in few cases the same animations are used over and over again while casting the rest of your spells. Once again it only feels like lazy designing.
Ok, now some of you are thinking “Hey come on man, they are on a tight schedule, they need to focus on delivering working game mechanics, then tweak the animations and stuffs.” Well why are they on a tight schedule? “Because of the money man, creating a game drains capital so fast that you can’t even imagine it!” Well can’t they just raise a bit more capital before pushing this halfway done pile of poop to the market?
I’m just soooo full of playing these bugged, non playable games the companies are offering to us. I went through Vanguard’s, Age of Conan’s, Tabula Rasa’s and Darkfall’s (and so on) launch. I think they should give some sort of medal from that or perhaps knight me, so the people of this fair land may start calling me Sire. Maybe I should even start introducing myself as a “Launch Veteran!” I think it might even give me a few pity-points in my Curriculum Vitae. My potential boss would immediately know that I’ve got a long fuse and I’m not afraid to sacrifice myself for the greater good.
So how do we get the gaming companies to realize we deserve more? We aren’t just brainless puppies who settle on (is the most used term?) cookie cutter games, where you first promise us a list of features in our game and once we’ve bought your shit, the whole back description is like from another game that I’m actually playing.
My fellows, I’m offering you a solution. Some of these are not easy to do, some might even sound outrageous:
- Stop buying that shit like a good sheep you are! Pretty soon they’ll learn we actually deserve more.
- Do not pre order since the Hype just caught you. In most cases the videos you see from “the game under development” are very different from the actual product you are getting.
- Do not believe in ALL pre-reviews from a game that’s almost ready to launch. You don’t think the gaming companies are afraid to bribe journalists? If I were making a shitty game, I’d sure give a good review from it in every gaming- and betaleak forum I can imagine. So many are so easily fooled.
- Maybe even do the leap of faith. If you come up with a good game concept, don’t be afraid of starting to put your thoughts on paper and so on. We are currently on a stall here and the MMORPG-scene desperately needs new blood and fresh ideas. I’ll give you an example:
- This is game is done by some independent group who currently are open for player submitted content (Someone correct me if I’m wrong here). According to what I’ve seen on videos and on forums, this game is full of fresh thinking, new ideas and pretty impressive space stuff. But once again, don’t let the Hype get you.
- Know your own value. I know some of you guys play a game just because your friend does. Don’t touch that shit even if Timmy is so dumb! You are not forced to play with him and feed the crippled game.
- If you close your subscription, give feedback when asked. I know it feels like a drag when just got enough of the game, threw the DVDs out of the window and uninstalled to game. If no-one gives feedback, they’ll NEVER know why you guys left and what’s wrong with the game. With good luck, they’ll just redo the same mistakes in sequel, if no one points them out.
- When you are given the opportunity to participate in Alpha or Beta, don’t think it as a test drive. Most people forget it’s not the finished product and actually start “playing” the game, when instead you should be writing down bug reports etc. Yeah, I know… “Let those fools do the bug hunting.” This is the part where you blindly accept the idea of “Ok, I’m buying this game and then I'm bitching like a mofo when there’s still bugs in the launched product.”
- Maybe even write a game review yourself too. A lot of folks are giving their honest opinions of games here on this site, and there’s never too many reviews available. Don’t go the usual “This game is so much better than before, you should join back in!!” –way. It has no effect on anything. In most cases this is might even be understood quite the opposite, like “Oh shit, this game is dying, I wish someone would join here to play with me. Why did I waste my time in this?” Try to explain yourself like a human being you are and be honest.
Who here has resubscribed to a game that wasn’t actually the polished gem like those guys told it would be? Yeah I feel your pain man. Once again we paid some more to The Monkey, from the same shitty game it once fooled us to buy.
- If you come up with a great idea how to make your favorite MMORPG even better, be sure to point your thoughts into right direction. Cussing in Ventrilo won’t probably reach the right pair of ears unless your chatting with a GM.
Damn, I’ve ran out of beer. Time to wipe the spit out of my monitor and calm down. Oh, and don’t mind the typos or bad English, obviously my new interpreter was sleeping on her first day or she had a timezone issue, hence I was forced to pour my thoughts here with the force of Sake.
Remember, do not submit under the force of The Monkey. (Even though I made it look kinda cute)
Remember, do not submit under the force of The Monkey. (Even though I made it look kinda cute)