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  Isasis

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OP  4/17/12 6:53:25 PM#1

Small, tightknit communities.

 

It was the reason I played Asheron's Call so long. Devs (or gms actually) talked to EVERYONE on the forums. Not only that, but on one server, everyone knew each other.

 

And this one is a funny one, but I played AdventureQuest for 3 years, almost every day. A simple browser game. The community (not anymore, thanks to the horrible moderators, that have imposed 1,000,000 rules)...but back when it was new...they had an IRC chat. I met a lot of good people, even the owner of the game, Artix (who never posts anymore, he may not even be a part of the game anymore)...and if it wasn't for that one IRC chat, where everyone knew each other...and even the forums back then were great...I wouldn't have nearly played as long as I did.

 

Then AQ became popular. It was no longer tight knit, you became...well...just another brick in the wall. Then it had other problems, as I stated.

 

That is the problem with MMOs...when it is small, everyone (well usually) is friendly, everyone knows each other. Then it gets big, and it isn't the same at all.

For me, Youtube channels are like that. I subscribe to newly started out Let's Players and it is great...the person communicates to everyone, and you are actually a part of the channel. He/she even takes suggestions from everyone. Then he/she gets many subscribers...and no longer communicates, or there is so many comments, your's will probably just be missed.

 

Granted, a large community is a great thing. A large Youtube channel is amazing, to see success. To have watched the person go from 50 subscribers, to almost a 1000 in a short time. A large MMO means the MMO will live on. A Youtube channel that gets big means the person can do what he loves to do.

 

But again, despite a success...

 

You are just another brick in the wall.

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  BlueLantern

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4/17/12 6:56:31 PM#2

No game will ever  match Asheron's Call 1 & 2 for community or GM involvement. Guild Wars and FFXI were pretty good though. also early WoW before cross server Bg and such.


  Loke666

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4/17/12 6:59:09 PM#3

Only one way to really fix that, make a MMO together with your friends and have restricted access to it, or pay a company to make a server for you and your friend (I think you actually could bribe SOE to get a personal vanguard server for example).

That more players play MMOs have both advantages and disadvantages, originally it was just us gamers but now everyone plays. On the plus side can the devs spend a lot more money on a game now.

  pacov

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4/17/12 7:02:41 PM#4

Guilds create that feeling for me though. When I am in a good guild with old friends I played for a long time it really does start feeling like you are just playing with them. Especially if you can turn off the general chat off.

  DrunkWolf

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4/17/12 7:04:58 PM#5
Originally posted by Isasis

Small, tightknit communities.

 

It was the reason I played Asheron's Call so long. Devs (or gms actually) talked to EVERYONE on the forums. Not only that, but on one server, everyone knew each other.

 

And this one is a funny one, but I played AdventureQuest for 3 years, almost every day. A simple browser game. The community (not anymore, thanks to the horrible moderators, that have imposed 1,000,000 rules)...but back when it was new...they had an IRC chat. I met a lot of good people, even the owner of the game, Artix (who never posts anymore, he may not even be a part of the game anymore)...and if it wasn't for that one IRC chat, where everyone knew each other...and even the forums back then were great...I wouldn't have nearly played as long as I did.

 

Then AQ became popular. It was no longer tight knit, you became...well...just another brick in the wall. Then it had other problems, as I stated.

 

That is the problem with MMOs...when it is small, everyone (well usually) is friendly, everyone knows each other. Then it gets big, and it isn't the same at all.

For me, Youtube channels are like that. I subscribe to newly started out Let's Players and it is great...the person communicates to everyone, and you are actually a part of the channel. He/she even takes suggestions from everyone. Then he/she gets many subscribers...and no longer communicates, or there is so many comments, your's will probably just be missed.

 

Granted, a large community is a great thing. A large Youtube channel is amazing, to see success. To have watched the person go from 50 subscribers, to almost a 1000 in a short time. A large MMO means the MMO will live on. A Youtube channel that gets big means the person can do what he loves to do.

 

But again, despite a success...

 

You are just another brick in the wall.

 i agree with the tightknit communities, and what made that happen in AC was the fact that there wasnt quest hubs. people actually lived in the towns that were in the world. and when sombody new would join the game alot of times the people liveing in that town he started in would help the noob out and show him the ropes.

now its quest hub to quest hub and other players are just in your way.

  Loke666

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4/17/12 7:07:49 PM#6
Originally posted by pacov

Guilds create that feeling for me though. When I am in a good guild with old friends I played for a long time it really does start feeling like you are just playing with them. Especially if you can turn off the general chat off.

They help but they are not really the same as communities were in the first MMOs.

  MMOarQQ

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4/17/12 7:12:57 PM#7

I'm playing a bit of C9 in between other activities.

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I went to sleep soundly knowing that the future is in capable hands.

  BeansnBread

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Joined: 9/19/06
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4/17/12 7:15:38 PM#8

I disagree. You can still form your own small, tight knit communities in games. My friends and I do it all the time. There are usually about 5 - 10 of us depending on who's available. We then pick up a few within game who tend to mesh well with the rest of us. We played a few years of WoW. We played a few years of EVE. We tend to do both PvE and PvP at a high level together. We are now shifting our attention to GW2 and are, at the very least, going to check it out.

 

I think you can still get that sense of community through the bigger games. Small, tight-knit communities exist within the larger mass. The question is, are you willing to search for those communities within a game or are you going to accept your fate as another brick in the wall.

 

I also disagree that small communities tend to be friendly communities. But I do think that people feel a bigger sense of responsibility in games when it is much harder to be anonymous. And in smaller communities, it is much harder to remain anonymous.

SWTOR is the greatest mmo ever!

  Myrdynn

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Joined: 3/25/07
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4/17/12 7:19:09 PM#9
Originally posted by DrunkWolf
Originally posted by Isasis

Small, tightknit communities.

 

It was the reason I played Asheron's Call so long. Devs (or gms actually) talked to EVERYONE on the forums. Not only that, but on one server, everyone knew each other.

 

And this one is a funny one, but I played AdventureQuest for 3 years, almost every day. A simple browser game. The community (not anymore, thanks to the horrible moderators, that have imposed 1,000,000 rules)...but back when it was new...they had an IRC chat. I met a lot of good people, even the owner of the game, Artix (who never posts anymore, he may not even be a part of the game anymore)...and if it wasn't for that one IRC chat, where everyone knew each other...and even the forums back then were great...I wouldn't have nearly played as long as I did.

 

Then AQ became popular. It was no longer tight knit, you became...well...just another brick in the wall. Then it had other problems, as I stated.

 

That is the problem with MMOs...when it is small, everyone (well usually) is friendly, everyone knows each other. Then it gets big, and it isn't the same at all.

For me, Youtube channels are like that. I subscribe to newly started out Let's Players and it is great...the person communicates to everyone, and you are actually a part of the channel. He/she even takes suggestions from everyone. Then he/she gets many subscribers...and no longer communicates, or there is so many comments, your's will probably just be missed.

 

Granted, a large community is a great thing. A large Youtube channel is amazing, to see success. To have watched the person go from 50 subscribers, to almost a 1000 in a short time. A large MMO means the MMO will live on. A Youtube channel that gets big means the person can do what he loves to do.

 

But again, despite a success...

 

You are just another brick in the wall.

 i agree with the tightknit communities, and what made that happen in AC was the fact that there wasnt quest hubs. people actually lived in the towns that were in the world. and when sombody new would join the game alot of times the people liveing in that town he started in would help the noob out and show him the ropes.

now its quest hub to quest hub and other players are just in your way.

so true, in AC a mentor could just hang out in starter towns, looking to meet new players, show them the ropes, and get them as a vassal, the Patron/Vassal system was such an awesome concept, exp chains ruined it, but it was truly great before chains started, and even after.  It was fun helping your vassals gear, level and explore, cause it was also helping your character advance some as well.  I met a ton of gamer friends in AC, in the first 4 yrs I played, probably more then Ive met in the 20 other games I played since.

hell in SWTOR I met exactly 0 people

In Wow me and 2 RL friends server jumped looking for like minded people

In Rift I made some pretty decent friends, but in a year I was in 6 guilds, 3 servers etc, and never did groups with the community

I wish AC's successor would be built from ground up, such a stellar game, that done with modern graphics engine and some updated UI stuff would be such a great game.

I remember getting into an argument IN GAME with Ken Karl who was at one point the lead producer, during the shadow wars,  that was great, you will never see that again

  pierth

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Joined: 4/14/06
Posts: 1515

4/17/12 7:20:50 PM#10
Originally posted by Loke666
Originally posted by pacov

Guilds create that feeling for me though. When I am in a good guild with old friends I played for a long time it really does start feeling like you are just playing with them. Especially if you can turn off the general chat off.

They help but they are not really the same as communities were in the first MMOs.

QFE, I think that's the direction that the devs have tried to push us in but it's not the same at all. It's a reason I'm not looking forward to any AAA releases. Those popular, "next big thing" games are the very antithesis of good communities. I'm happily playing an old AAA game on not so much an exclusive server, but one you'll only find if you're looking for it. Overall, despite losing much of my rose-colored glasses for that game, I can't think of another game within the last ten years that has been as enjoyable.

  gostly

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Joined: 10/04/04
Posts: 135

losing all hope is freedom

4/17/12 7:27:35 PM#11
Originally posted by DrunkWolf
Originally posted by Isasis
...

 i agree with the tightknit communities, and what made that happen in AC was the fact that there wasnt quest hubs. people actually lived in the towns that were in the world. and when sombody new would join the game alot of times the people liveing in that town he started in would help the noob out and show him the ropes.

now its quest hub to quest hub and other players are just in your way.

Ah, the good ole' days. I've concluded recently that I will no longer try to play a themepark MMO, I've never been able to play one for more than 1-2 months, but still I've tried pretty much every MMO that I've gotten my hands on.

So instead, I've been searching for games with little to no emphasis on questing and games that almost force you to talk to the people that surround you in game. Needless to say there aren't many choices out there but you better believe that the ones that do exists are tight-knit communities.

MMORPG's back in the day spoke to a specific type of gamer, one who craved social interaction in some form. In general, todays MMO's are little more than single player games that just happen to be online.

  Cathleen81

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Joined: 3/31/12
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4/17/12 7:50:57 PM#12

I played AdventureQuest for 3 years, almost every day. A simple browser game. The community (not anymore, thanks to the horrible moderators, that have imposed 1,000,000 rules)...but back when it was new.

  Larsa

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4/17/12 8:11:33 PM#13
Originally posted by Isasis

Small, tightknit communities.

...

Guess you can't have that with games made for a mass audience.

Stick to small indie or older games and you find the community. You'll miss some polish, you'll miss a lot of convenience, you'll miss AAA features but communities you will find. Your call.

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  IIIcurrier

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4/17/12 8:26:44 PM#14

I havn't found a game I could really adventure in like AC, seeing this thread also kindled hope, but killed it realizing we've come to the same conclusion that games just are not the same anymore :(

  Quizzical

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4/17/12 9:34:41 PM#15

An AAA game with a small community is an economic failure.

Though even for bigger games, for several developers (not just forum moderators!) to post a few things a day on the game forums goes a long way toward making them look involved in the community.

"Guild Wars and FFXI were pretty good though."

Not familiar with FFXI's community involvement, but ArenaNet is about as uninvolved in the Guild Wars community as any game I've ever seen.  At one point, they held an event to mark that the game's community manager was transferring to a different position.  As best as I could tell, this constituted the initial announcement that the game had a community manager.  Had.  Past tense.  No word on whether she was replaced.

  Kaniver

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4/17/12 9:54:00 PM#16
Originally posted by DrunkWolf
 

 i agree with the tightknit communities, and what made that happen in AC was the fact that there wasnt quest hubs. people actually lived in the towns that were in the world. and when sombody new would join the game alot of times the people liveing in that town he started in would help the noob out and show him the ropes.

now its quest hub to quest hub and other players are just in your way.

This made me smile as I recall a place in AC known as " The Hub"

AC was truely a great game considering how it came into being, a very interesting story in of itself.

Although WOW is a much bigger game population wise there is also a healthy server farm to accomodate them all.

Seems like a great deal of that community feeling evaporated when your chosen server had little meaning and you instead become a part of a larger grouping of servers. Great for finding groups for instances, terrible for any sense of community.

  Torvaldr

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4/17/12 9:55:29 PM#17

New MMOs won't have the constant disconnect and lag deaths we got on old MMOs.

I think a mind wipe so people could play an mmo like it was their first time again, would be easier to build than a new mmo people here would actually like. - DamonVile

  Torvaldr

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4/17/12 10:13:57 PM#18
Originally posted by Quizzical

An AAA game with a small community is an economic failure.

Though even for bigger games, for several developers (not just forum moderators!) to post a few things a day on the game forums goes a long way toward making them look involved in the community.

"Guild Wars and FFXI were pretty good though."

Not familiar with FFXI's community involvement, but ArenaNet is about as uninvolved in the Guild Wars community as any game I've ever seen.  At one point, they held an event to mark that the game's community manager was transferring to a different position.  As best as I could tell, this constituted the initial announcement that the game had a community manager.  Had.  Past tense.  No word on whether she was replaced.

You know I would go a step further and say that an MMO with a small community is a failure.  There's nothing massive about a small community.  To me, a small "tight-knit" community sounds insular, cliquish, and sort of unfriendly or at least a bit unwelcoming.

The best communities I've been a part of have been friendly and inviting regardless of the size.

I had the same observation about ANet and Guild Wars.  They were very hands off.  Even when Gaile Gray left, the little fanfare was little.

One of the best communities I've been a part of has been Faeblight on RIFT.  The Lands of Aden server on Lineage was also a great community and probably the most involved I've seen in a game ever.

I think a mind wipe so people could play an mmo like it was their first time again, would be easier to build than a new mmo people here would actually like. - DamonVile

  waynejr2

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RIP City of Heroes!

4/17/12 10:21:25 PM#19
Originally posted by Loke666

Only one way to really fix that, make a MMO together with your friends and have restricted access to it, or pay a company to make a server for you and your friend (I think you actually could bribe SOE to get a personal vanguard server for example).

That more players play MMOs have both advantages and disadvantages, originally it was just us gamers but now everyone plays. On the plus side can the devs spend a lot more money on a game now.

The idea of subleasing a server for a game is something that could happen in the future.  Coke presents their own WOW server for example.  Or facebook game pass for a servers in a few different games.

  Theocritus

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4/17/12 10:21:49 PM#20

    Unfortunately the majority of those old MMOs no longer have those close knit communities anymore either.

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