Nom Nom Nom! Actually this article is more about the current MMO market than anything else. The MMO Buffett is something I just thought of as a phrase to define the current MMO game space.
Your Meat and Potatoes – Fantasy Genre
Every meal has some form of meat and carbs. So for the hardcore players we look at the meat and potatoes of MMOs as the Fantasy games. There are a lot of varieties, but only one real formula. The meat, yet it can be served a bunch of different ways. At this point, it seems like the fantasy genre has run its course. Is there any area left to explore in this genre? Yes, but no one is willing to take the risks and try it. My wish for a giant Hamburger MMO of awesome is a very Savage style barbaric game that looks like it jumped out of a Frazetta painting. This does not mean Conan, just something way more nasty and dark.
Veggies – Sci Fi Games
Few have succeeded and the ones that have are awesome. EVE is like spinach, it makes ya strong and with some butter and salt it’s great fun. Other Sci-Fi games however are avoided by players like five year olds looking at a giant plate of vegetables. Players just kind of make a face and … grab something else.
Dessert – Super Hero Games
This genre continues to grow. With two games out now and more on the way the super hero genre remains a fun place to live out your childhood fantasy. Its cake and you can eat it too. There are definitely hardcore players and City of Heroes has proven to be an MMO that stands the test of time.
So while this blog is quick and easy and fun, it is kind of like a real buffet. You’ll stuff your brain thinking of what area your games fit in or what genre matches which food best. Still, like any buffet in 3 or 4 hours you’ll be hungry for something more solid….
Point being, we need new gourmet MMOs!