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The Angry Roleplayer

The extensive rantings of a man about his games and the companies who make them.

Author: Mystik86

The End of the Age of Bland

Posted by Mystik86 Tuesday June 30 2009 at 5:46AM
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Over the course of the past 5 years, I have played many different MMOs, and as such I consider myself well-versed in the ways of online gaming. My online experience does not end at MMORPGs however but at many different types of games that can be played online.

After those five years I find that we are at the very end of the "Age of Bland" in that 2009 is the beginning of the rush of "new and innovative" MMOs. Though some of the new ones have been less than spectacular (Warrior Epic, Jade Dynasty, Crimcraft and even Aion), there are many that may usher in the new era of MMO gaming. Incase you needed it laid out for you we've got games like Champions Online, Earthrise, All Points Bulletin, Black Prophecy, Global Agenda, Star Wars: The Old Republic and many others.

2009 I believe will come to be known as the Herald of Awesome for MMO games, the harbinger of the true "golden" age of online games. Do not confuse the beginning with the prime-time, though. Throughout the years 2010 to 2020 I see great things for the industry, not only in innovation but in consumer-friendliness. I think those stuffy, stuck up developers are finally going to sit down and say, "Holy shit, guys, we need to start listening to the players!" and that will be that.

Besides the various innovations in other types of games, we're going to see many things from single-player games that captured our hearts and minds IN our MMOs. SW:TOR might be the very beginning of a truly amazing style of MMOG and with it we will start seeing MMOs with the same kind of quality and craftsmanship as The Elder Scrolls series, Fallout, Mass Effect and KOTOR/2.

This isn't to say we'll see the end of bad cash-shop Asian grinders, but we should see a lot less of them in the coming years. Good riddance, I say, and I believe many others will say the same.

Hyanmen writes:

 1) I personally think 2010 will be "the year" :D

2) I don't think "listening to players" will create better/innovative MMO's, however I agree that there should be more of those coming out in the future.

Can't wait to see what happens.

Tue Jun 30 2009 9:27AM Report
Trucidation writes:

Au contraire, I think we're going to see more grinders. Those millions of angry, amped azns will need an outlet somewhere, and I don't think you want to see them trolling your friendly neighbourhood subscription game.

And you think devs are finally going to clue in? Now? Ha. Personally, I don't think there's anything remarkable on the horizon in the immediate 2 years. Hey, I'd love to be proven wrong, but I doubt it.

Sat Jul 11 2009 12:23AM Report
Mystik86 writes:

I really do think we will see good things within the next couple years. Personally I have my sights set on the yet to be announced World of Darkness MMO supposedly being developed by CCP/White Wolf.

We shall see!

Sat Jul 11 2009 1:50AM Report writes:
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