As I search for an mmorpg that appeals to me, im dumb founded by the lack of anything thats enjoyable for more than a couple hours. I guess to begin, i should explain my likes and dislikes. I think I will start with dislikes...
- Rock, Paper, Scissors (WoW)
If I wanted to play rock, paper, scissors Id play rock, paper, scissors. Why would I want to play a graphical representation of the game. I would prefer a game that is much more thought out than "this is supposed to beat that" "this will almost always beat that unless this's cooldowns are all up than its slightly possible that that will beat this". Heh.
- Intelligent Design
For me the best part of an mmorpg comes from character design. I want to create a character that looks unique and performs to my desires. I want plenty of options to differentiate my character from the next. I want each skill/talent/whatever point to have a purpose. I want to see 10 warriors in the same room with differing skill/talent/whatever point builds. Obviously, if something isnt useful, players wont use it. Why create something with the intentions of it being less powerful than the things around it.
- Tactical Decision Skills
I know plenty of people do not want mmorpgs = fps. Yes, fps is all about twitch factor and hand eye coordination. There has to be some pleasant middle ground. Intelligent use of skills + better twitch skills should always overcome. The question is should intelligent use of skills + weak twitch skills >= poor use of skills + excellent twitch skills.
WoW kills me on this topic. Should equipment be greater than level. Should over half your hit points come from your items? Should a majority of your offensive potential come from your gear? I think not. The biggest difference between 2 max level characters should not be gear. If we are both max level and i have 10k hps and you have 5k hps something is awfully wrong with the game. I do believe gear should matter. Just not as absurdly as it does with a lot of the current mmorgs.
Just random thoughts as I surf through the endless wave of mmo's...