Like a kid on Christmas morning I wake up early on Sunday and rush to the computer to try and play the open beta of Warhammer online. Its 6:57Am EST but I try to log in regardless with no luck. So I franticly get online to check the forums to see what people are saying. 7:00 AM I try again, no luck. Twenty minutes later I am still trying to log in. What is it about a new MMORPG that gets me so excited? As an adult so few other things manage to capture my excitement like this but here I am early on Sunday morning anxiously awaiting to play.
I think it’s the prospect of exploring a whole new world that truly excites me. In a MMORPG you have the freedom to wander and explore and entire 3D realm that you usually cannot do n other games. You are forced to wander a set path with vary little room to deviate. In a MMOG you not only can wander around you are usually rewarded for doing so. You are rewarded by finding new quests, new mobs to kill, which may yield new treasure, or you are just rewarded by seeing the beautiful game world that the developers created. Warhammer takes this to a whole new level with the Tome of Knowledge. When you explore new areas you are rewarded with a small experience point bonus and an entry in your book that gives you information on the area.
As you can probably tell I am big into exploring as one of my motivations for playing. Of course I am anxious to do other things such as try out the different races and classes. Plus there is the ultimate excitement of pwning my enemies in some scenarios.
I know I am not the only one who gets so excited when a new MMORPG releases. This can be seen by the ravening hordes of followers who follow a game months if not years before it releases. They too await a fresh new world to explore. Very often of late the games that have released have disappointed fans. They find that the game they have been following so closely turns out to buggy, the game play is not what they expected, customer service is lacking and the world that they have drooled over for so long is small and static. Fans don’t take long to voice their disappointment on the forums. Companies sometimes don’t understand the anger and frustration this causes, to look forward to something for so long and then have it not deliver. Not only that, but there is little else for these fans to turn to.
There is a multitude of FPS, RPG’s, RTS’s etc. for people to turn to when one game of that genre bombs. But when a MMORPG bombs there is not many other choices. They can go back to their old game, which they probably left because they are tired of it; they can try another game, which they have probably already played and they didn’t like; or they can sit and wait for the next game, hoping beyond hope that it doesn’t disappoint.
Well here I sit anxiously awaiting a patch update hoping that this game doesn’t disappoint me. Stay tuned for my next blog where I review Warhammer Online and we see if I found my new virtual world that I can call home.