This one is going to be relatively short; as I haven't had much to say about it, it's more of a way for me to see what other people's idea's are on it.
In the wake of the most recent MMORPG's, we've begun to see some new features added. In World of Warcraft, we saw the arena built, where players could achieve objectives by running to certain places, taking control of things in a king of the hill style mini-game. Rewards are given based on cumulative performance over many many plays. Warhammer Online has 'neutral grounds' with mission objectives, castles, and are rewarded, similar to a mini-game.
MMO's are coming out with new ways, to make themselves different from everyone else. Some are successful. Some, people endure. Some, people hate. Do people really go into the arena for fun; or only to get the points needed for the armor, or weapons given as reward? I remember before I quit WoW, the arena was difficult to get people together for, at lower levels. People didn't care about it, because they knew they wouldn't be able to get the weapons and armor for a very long time. So they waited, and left it for 'another day'.
We've started to see hybrid MMO's, including MMOFPS, MMORTS, MMOTBS, MMOTCG's, and probably a few others I can't think to mention. These hybrid genre's give way to new types of gaming, new genre's that weren't thought of years ago. It's given people chances to merge their favorite genre's into one game. Sure, they're not perfected yet. But they're improving.
What sorts of things have you seen recently in MMO's, that weren't there a few years ago? Does it work well? Is it entertaining? Are they mere features, or things that the game focuses on as a main thing? And what sorts of idea's do you have; that would allow these features to be improved, or do you have something new altogether?
I personally, would love to see 'homes' like in EQII and SWG more often. I enjoyed being able to hang trophies, and decorate my room to look different, and show off my accomplishments. I enjoyed finding new ways to use items, in order to make the room look different, and to have my pets roam around the room. I would love to see multi-level houses too, houses which have a second, or even third floor. Or a balcony you can decorate. It offers a way to realize that even in a world of turmoil, and constant random respawning of monsters, there's a place all your own, and a place to relax, that is peaceful.