I made a poll about this then I thought, “this is blogworthy”! Poll here:
So, how about this SOE? SOE 2.0 or is it 2.O? Even the biggest of SOE fans can admit they have a very love hate relationship with the company. Much of it stems from things that happened ages ago (the internet never forgets!) some of it comes from modern decisions (that Lion looks like WOW!) love them or hate them they are doing things...lots of things, and we all know, people like things...
So what “things” did they do? They delivered Landmark alpha on time! When they first announced EQL and said they wanted to be in Alpha around this time many fans were skeptical. Then they did the “pay for Alpha” things and many fans, including this blogger, were disgusted...but at the same time couldn’t blame them, I mean, why not right? It was smart. Then we see Alpha and it’s a very impressive one. Back in MY day alphas weren’t much more than trying to log in...repeatedly. That was it, end, nothing more. Nice work on delivering the goods SOE! BUT!!!
BUT!!! Some fools that don’t know what ALPHA is complained about it. What does SOE do? Smed himself offers full refunds for people that want them! GUTS! It also shows he is confident about his game. Best of all it allows people like me to post things like “learn to ALPHA and if you don’t like it, quit and stop complaining”. ;)
As the interwebs are if you looked in the right places you could find what you wanted...so whats does SOE do? Once again Smed himself drops a bomb by dropping the NDA after 24 hours! Again GUTS and confidence! SOE feels good about this one, and from what I’ve read so do the testers. I’ve always said it was like pretty Minecraft, and word is it is, and it’s fun, and it’s still EARLY TESTING!
Now lets go back a few days. Smed does the AMA. He admits mistakes! GASP! That isn’t the corporate way! Deny deny deny! But he doesn’t and in doing so instantly earns respect points from...this guy! I’m sure that means a lot to him!
What next? Admits mistakes with SWG, and promises a secret new MMO is SWG inspired and will give us Galaxies refugees a “home”!!! OMG what more could I ask for? How about some screen shots of this beast! DONE! OMFG are you kidding me! This SOE! This Smedley! The screens give me a zombie vibe but I have hope that the pretty star filled sky in the one screen means we get visited by an advanced alien race that helps us take to the stars! Frankly it could literally be ANY theme, as long as the mechanics are based off of SWG’s I would play it, yes even if it was the long awaited and oft forgotten Hello Kitty Online 2; the Return of Hep Cat!
Did anyone notice the sceens were NOT WOWish, nor Diensyish, nor cute, they were realistic and they looked very good IMO. I am EXTREMELY excited they already have screens!
So, is this a new SOE? IMO it’s too soon to tell, but if they continue down this path it’s only a matter of time before they win over the crowd, even the old bitter NGE vets like me. You have me interested and excited SOE, all you have to do is keep on a rollin.