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12/03/13 11:23:52 AM#61
Yeah for the first time in about 8 years I think I am in a bit of a lull myself. Was getting back into Lotro but the recent xpac patch where my Lore Master can one shot everything has just killed that for me. Tried Aoc again but that kept my imtrest for about 2 hours. Same with Vanguard. Generally at a loss, need something new and shinny.  Tried almost everything on the games list in release and out of ideas.  This is the first time since I got into mmorpg's where I am generally bored of almost everything. Usually I have at least one on the go, sometimes two or three. Oh well, thank goodness for Skyrim. 


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12/03/13 11:32:12 AM#62
I managed to turn off my inner critic and am messing around in Dragon's Prophet. Yeah it's as on-rails as you can get but it's keeping me occupied during my free time. Just wish they'd do something about the inventory. I'm not paying a buck a row.

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12/03/13 11:32:25 AM#63

Reading through this thread has made me even more sad for Vanguard. With a respectable launch and subsequent handling most of you would probably have been playing it for the past 6 years. Of course I don't know how many of you have actually tried it, but I only say this because the vast majority of comments in this thread reflect my own thoughts, and I know I greatly enjoy VG. Nothing else has really appealed much to me since.


It's still worth playing if you haven't, even if only to check it out for a bit because you bypassed it. The only real problem with it is that it's small now. Or people expecting it to have 2013 graphics in a 2007 game.


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12/03/13 11:42:44 AM#64
Originally posted by Viper482
Originally posted by Zzulu

Yes, I used to play most MMO's but I didn't stick around for long in any of them except WoW and EVE online.


Nowadays there are no MMO's that I want to play at all

If you are like me you try every damn one of them trying to recapture that old school magic feeling, even when I do it is fleeting lol. This feels like my favorite genre, but I think maybe it is an illusion anymore.

Well, I probably would be in the same state, not playing any MMORPG's except I managed to stumble into one that did recapture that old school magic feeling.

Which isn't surprising since it is a freeshard of DAOC that is being run at a 2003 ruleset version (1.69 to be specific) so little wonder that I've found the fun again. (for 7-8 months now I think)

But left to current MMO's, if I didn't return to EVE (again) I'm really not sure what I would be playing.

Yeah, I know, the train left the station and I missed it.....

But some up and coming titles still look promising, but we'll have to wait and see how they turn out.

Arrogant, Condescending, Dismissive, Elitist, "Meany", you speak as if these are bad things?
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12/03/13 11:48:14 AM#65

I reply to a post such as this once a year or so. It's about time to do it again, I suppose.

I haven't been hardcore into any mmoish game in years. I re-subbed to Eve with the discounted price this month. Not sure why entirely since I have no plans to really play it the way it is intended...whatever that means. I'll run a few missions and probably not talk to anyone in the game. Update my skills que, but if I only play for a month that means I can train 2 or 3 things I really want, lol.

I'm hoping Star Citizen will live up to the promise; Everquest Next and the building part sounds interesting. Garriot's project might be worth checking out.

I'm playing non-mmos at the moment: Rocksmith 2014 (I used to play the guitar years ago and stopped playing; it is easing me back into it, though my fingers don't work like they used to); Fallout New Vegas (I'd somehow never played the games--it was during my marriage I guess and I missed them).

Of course, I'm truly waiting for a  SWG-Pre-CU 2 type of game. Yes, for 8 years now. Still not over it.





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12/03/13 11:49:17 AM#66


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12/03/13 11:53:19 AM#67

I've played almost every MMO to come out in the past decade. Only two captured me completely; Neocron and SW:G (original and best, of course). 

I have failed to even level cap a character on anything since, yet I still buy into the hype and hope for the best. 

Guild Wars 2 and Darkfall Unholy Wars were really the final nails in the coffin for me. I expected so much and ended up being sorely disappointed with both titles. 

I'm desperately waiting on Star Citizen and Elite : Dangerous. I'll also undoubtedly buy Wildstar, ES:O and The Repopulation. Until then, I'm lulling with you. 


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12/03/13 11:57:19 AM#68
Ever since the ESO beta, I have gone back to Skyrim and am having more fun than I was with any current MMO.

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12/03/13 12:08:42 PM#69
Originally posted by shalissar
I managed to turn off my inner critic...

Step one. Bury the drama llama.


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12/03/13 12:13:41 PM#70

I had the same issues as you had, played countless mmos to find that new place i could call home again, its been a difficult time these past few years to truely find a good mmo with the full package. sure some games have cool ideas they implement and carry out some of them but its always missing some soul that the old skool mmos had like EQ1/2, vanguard, shadowbane and the likes.


I recently started out again on Everquest 2  with in mind that EQnext/landmark will be comming out soon , so i thought to my self why not give it another go.

I use to play it quite allot up untill the point they went f2p with too many restrictions. i couldnt get over the fact they were charging me once again for gear unlocks and exp packs while i had all of em and paid good money for em in the time i was a full paying member.

here is the thing:

They removed the cash shop gear unlocks, released all classes and races and most of the xp packs up untill the very last one.


Im having a blast again!! the servers arent that crowded which is a minor issue if you find yourself a niche guild that helps their members but i found my home again in the massive world of Norrath and its treasures and lore.


Come join me if your intrested, perhaps make a toon together and do some adventures?


My ingame name is Aeryeanx lvl 90 assassin on the splitpaw server


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12/03/13 12:43:14 PM#71

I am messing around with EVE and playing Duel of Champions (a free trading card game). The current crop of MMORPG have just been awful other than maybe TSW which unfortunately still missed on the combat.


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12/03/13 2:53:57 PM#72

Well, what can I say that hasn't already been said over and over in this thread?  Tried most of 'em, bored to tears with all of 'em, still have a faint hope of finding an mmo which will hold my attention again one day.  Waited for years for GW2.  Such anticipation, but soon got bored.  It's maybe a combination of me having changed and there not being anything available which is innovative enough to interest me.


I've really enjoyed reading all the posts in this thread, though.  It's a good feeling to realise there are a lot of us feeling the same way and to read a thread full of posts simply describing the poster's experience rather than lots of full-on ranting.  If only we had some way to tap into all the energy and creativity of the frustrated gamers here, adding a sprinkling of magic to produce a wonderful game for us all to enjoy. 


Off to try Eldevin now given the couple of positive comments here.



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12/03/13 3:10:09 PM#73
Eldevin is pretty good! Got my fix and met some new people.

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12/03/13 3:16:28 PM#74
I have been in an MMO-less lull state since about 2006. These online multiplayer RPG's are not MMO's I hope for a true MMO sometime.

Waiting for:EQ-Next, ArcheAge (not so much anymore)
Now Playing: N/A
Favorite MMO: FFXI


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12/03/13 3:29:18 PM#75

MMOs are dead because role playing is dead.


I remember immersing myself into a world and feeling like a druid, or a mage, or a mighty defender. Now days, you're just heals, or DPS or a tank. You're no longer playing a character role, you're settling for a play style. Everyone's a cookie cutter version of someone else. Exploration no longer matters, the worlds are tiny now and heavily instanced. Encounters aren't meaningful, you're either mashing 2 buttons over and over or playing 'UI Warrior Online'. Quests don't matter, they're all static and can be done without reading a single sentence. Socialization is dead, zergs have replaced parties and group content is optional.


This is what happens when the target audience shifts from role-playing nerds to 14 year old COD players.




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12/03/13 3:29:39 PM#76

You feel like I did at the end of 2012. I found Wushu, turned what would have been a bismal 2012 and an even worse 2013 into what is probably my most fun single year of mmorpg gaming. 


Try something different OP, and give it an honest go. You me be surprised like I was.
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Let em put a slave ring thru u're nose u're prob not going to like where they're taking you. Think.

12/03/13 10:41:51 PM#77

I've been playing Skyrim.  Before that TS2.  The last mmo I tried was Neverwinter.  


Caught it at the end of beta and felt like every comment in the tech forum was falling on deaf ears.  It's the straw that broke the camel's back.  I'm tired of telling company's their game needs fixed and they pay less than no attention at all.  Not to mention I have to compete on the forums with trolls and idiots so even if a dev looked at the forums, which is highly unlikely, it would take him/her a month to discover three intelligent posters.


That's just to fix glitches.  Every mmo I play I want to rewrite into my own version.  It just gets to be to much.  


I have Minecraft alone on my PC because I respect the creativity.  Family members play and love the shiz out of it but it's not my cup of tea in the role playing venue.  And yeah, I think of Minecraft as an MMO, being as it has some great pvp worlds built by players.


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12/04/13 9:33:17 AM#78

This post needed a poll since it seems to keep getting more people added then we could just open it up and get a headcount of the game-less citizens or those under-gamed (made up to mimic under-employed).


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12/04/13 10:02:46 AM#79
Originally posted by Tibernicuspa
Originally posted by Haites

I think there are many people in a lull about MMOs and I think it's mostly those who have been around for longer.  I'm sure part of it is that we are simply older and our tastes have changed.  Or maybe we're looking back extra fondly at experiences in games that can probably never be re-created.

Absolutely not. My tastes are the same, but the games have been getting worse and worse. I find more enjoyment from emulated classic games that are buggy and almost broken vs newer MMOs that are all hand holding WoW clones.

Well I know that there is no way that I could sit and play for 20+ hours straight any more.  I have no desire to go back to the grind-it-out style that many old games entailed.  I still love the ideas of group participation, meaningful quests, true community, and compelling lore.

I think you have hit the nail on the head with one point though...that in order to find a game that you actually like, you have to play 1-offs, old games, emulated games, and the like.

The question is: Why should those of us who helped to create this genre have to settle for poor quality titles and WoW-clones?


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12/04/13 10:09:59 AM#80
Originally posted by neosapience

MMOs are dead because role playing is dead.


I remember immersing myself into a world and feeling like a druid, or a mage, or a mighty defender. Now days, you're just heals, or DPS or a tank. You're no longer playing a character role, you're settling for a play style. Everyone's a cookie cutter version of someone else. Exploration no longer matters, the worlds are tiny now and heavily instanced. Encounters aren't meaningful, you're either mashing 2 buttons over and over or playing 'UI Warrior Online'. Quests don't matter, they're all static and can be done without reading a single sentence. Socialization is dead, zergs have replaced parties and group content is optional.


This is what happens when the target audience shifts from role-playing nerds to 14 year old COD players.


Couldn't agree more.  Unfortunately publishers are chasing $$ and want to make games with the lowest possible barriers to entry.  There's just not enough RP nerds around any more to pique their interest.

Part of this is publisher expectations.  Personally I think there are plenty of people who would get behind the right game.  Perhaps it would never get close to WoW's sub numbers, but who cares really?  Don't create as many servers and it will allow more tight-knit communities to form.  There is still plenty of money to be made.

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