I don’t keep it a secret that this blog is very anti hype when it comes to new games. I generally do not like to cover them and if I do, I try to start a new blog so I don’t force info about a game that people generally may not care about.
Unlike some other blog writers, I tend to stay away from bandwagon jumps and let the calm settle in before trying out a new game. I have been bitten more times than I can count, only to have to wait 6 months or so for a game to get polished and actually be fun to play. Cases in point are Age of Conan, EQ2 (a mess at launch), Tabula Rasa and Warhammer On--- well never mind. Age of Conan and EQ2 only then. I hear Warhammer Online added more hotbars . GG Mythic. Keep those stunning 2004 updates rolling along.
So it has come to my attention that some bloggers are starting to ramp up hype for Aion, another MMO is the fantasy vein that features more quest hubs and graphics designed to make you forget you are playing a WoW clone. Some bloggers will like it
others will pass it off as standard merchandise we have seen before
Uber WoW guilds will conquer it, and some will just casually play it. Just be careful. I have played Lineage II and seen the darkside of games (READ http://hudshideout.com/blog/?p=21) that NC Soft purports to watch over and hold sway on. The scene in the end is never pretty. If the bots get automated and filter into this game, you can rest assured that virtually no action will be taken because NC Soft does not care.
All I can say is temper your hype with reality. In any case, I bet it outdoes Champions Online. CO was another game that I ALMOST fell for. I reeled it in though and have learned to hold off with a "wait and see" approach on that one.
Reading over some of the comments about Aion, one cannot help to notice that we have a few complaints tempered with a few "but its pretty!" posts as the only argument. Graphics do not make a game. I am not saying Aion will suck or that it will be awesome. Just remember that graphics ... do... not...make...a...game.
This has been a public service announcement.