I need all of my readers to go on a little journey with me. I need all of you to turn up your volume and click the following link. I know I’m asking alot, but please, indulge me.
Now close your eyes, and think back a couple...ok a few....ok...several...ok we’re old! A long time ago to a place that will, at first glance, seem like happiness and flowers, that place is the Mushroom Kingdom, that game is Super Mario Bros (side note: it’s been a long standing rumor that Luigi was unhappy living in the shadow of his big broski, but I have it on good authority that, like Arn Anderson to Ric Flair, Luigi is a man of honor, proud to help his brother for the greater good of the Mushroom kingdom.)
The reason I say “at first glance, seem like happiness and flowers” is because just about everyone who clicked that link went on a brief trip down nostalgia lane. But let me remind you of a few things. You started with 3 lives, THREE, if you lost all of them (and didn’t know the secret start button cheet that sometimes worked ;) it was game over-start from the very beginning, again! That is old school gangster! Speaking of, I wonder whatever happened to that kid from Wizard...
If you even mention a mechanic like that now days devs and players alike would freak out! I firmly believe to have success in the future you have to be aware of the past, you don’t have to respect it, you don’t have to like it, but always remember where you came from. I’m not saying I agree with that mechanic, and I can confirm that many a /ragequit was the result of starting over, but I respect it and I realize that in spite of it, Mario did ok.
At this point I was going to make a Mario to MMO analogy, but I had it pointed out to me that doing so would be like comparing Apples to Kryptonian Oranges. It’s just too much of a stretch considering how far games have come, so instead I’ll compare MMO development to something that makes a lot more sense, good Chili!
If you tried to take a bunch of random ingredients, throw them in a pot, cook em’ on high, and eat them they aren’t gonna taste the best. To make GOOD chili one has to start with quality ingredients, then one must correctly prepare said ingredients. After that you have to combine those ingredients in a pot and slowly cook them on low temperature for what seems like an eternity. As your home beings to smell more and more like heaven you will be tempted to eat the chili early, but you can’t! Not if you want great chili. Great chili takes time! So you wait, and the longer you wait the more those quality ingredients come together into one homogeneous scrtrumulescent bowl of awesome, aka great chil!
That exact same process applies to MMORPGs. “Frankly Tierless I think you're full of E-Waste, I just don’t see how these two things relate to one another” Ok fine, I was hoping for the easy-out but I’ll elaborate a bit further. To make a good MMO you have to start with good, refined ideas. You have to prepare them, then bring them into the game, make sure everything balances out, try them over an extended period of time to, and hopefully, in the end they all come together to form a great game. Bam! Mario to Chili to MMOs! “But Tierless I hate most people’s Chili, I only like my own” Good point, also like MMOs almost no 2 chilis taste the same, and people tend to be very opinionated on what “good” chili is. For example I like ma’ chili like a soup, with lots O’ tomatoes; my hombre likes her chili like a thick paste with lots O’ meat, and we hate one another’s chili.
So how do we find a solution that works for both of us? Well, we don’t, but that explanation will require a blog of it’s own because I have more important things to do than write a blog about a game, like playing a game...or at least watching vids of people playing a game. You see all this nostalgia made me want to que up some good ole’ Mario vids. Lord knows I’d hook up my old NES but due to allergies blowing into the console and/or game cartridge to get in functioning would induce a coughing fit of doom ;) so I’ll settle for the next best thing. Don’t fret, my blog on idears is coming soon. (side note, anyone else amazed that in an era without the interwebs the secrets of the Nintend-blow managed to traverse this vast country and even the entire known gaming WORLD!?!?)
Until next time I leave you with some pleasure for your ears.