Having burned myself out on WoW long ago, I took a break from the online gaming world to finish up some schooling and am now attempting to return. I wanted something new and fresh, something worth putting my time into.
The market is flooded with mmo's, and sorthing through them has become a nightmare. In my searching, I've discovered that the number one roadblock that I've run into is other players.
Many would think that soliciting the advise of fellow players would be a good idea. The idea isn't as great as it should be. I have to sort through pages and pages of immature, hate-filled rants in order to find a few intelligent words of critisism. Likewise, well thought critiques are normally hidden under a mountain of blind, meaningless praise.
I have a few suggestions for those thinking about blessing the community with their opinions:
- Don't tell me not to play a game, especially if you haven't played it yourself.
- Even if you have played it, don't tell me not to play a game. Tell me why, specifically, you did not enjoy the game.
- Be specific, as well, when telling me why you enjoy the game and what it's good points are.
- Be careful when using generic terms:
- Grind: What exactly does that mean? What is a Grind for me might not be a Grind for you.
- Sandbox: I'm not into shovels, buckets, or tonka toys.
- MMO: How many players are required before the game is "massively" multi-player? Let's not waste time arguing whether or not a particular game should be classified as an MMO.
- RPG: Technically speaking 99% of all games are RPGs. You can role play being a frog, or a pilot, or an assasin, or a rogue, but it's all role-playing. Let's not waste time arguing whether or not a game should be classified as an RPG. If the game is lacking certain elements you would like to see, then address them specificially.
- For those who did not like a game, it would also be good to know exactly what you were expecting, so we can better understand why you were so dissapointed.
- Understand that not everyone is going to have the same opinions as you. The very reason you have come to so violently hate a game (the leveling system, the grind, too much realism, not enough realism), could very well be the same reason that another player will love the game.
By all means, tell us about your experiences, both good and bad. Just don't tell me not to play it. I'll make that decision for myself.