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  drivendawn

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1/06/13 5:23:38 PM#101
Originally posted by Greyface
Originally posted by jinxxed0

Look at guild wars 2, TOR, TSW, etc. Being this "one special person who is the most gifted and is best friends with this one NPC" along with hundreds of other people just cheapens the over experience. Little by little, we're all figuring out why these MMOs have been so dull lately.

I wonder how much of this is a generational thing.  There was an interesting article posted on Kotaku the other day that speaks to this point.  It's worth reading in its entirety, but I want to quotet a couple of passages here:

"Over and over I was told that I was special, but I am not special at all. My story isn't even that unique. The reality is, the hardships of life shatter the fantasies we are told in childhood about our future. Greatness is not preordained. Except in video games. In video games greatness is inevitable."

"Like so many others I feel like I was lied to. In the real world I am still a nobody. It is only in video games, the thing I was told most often to avoid growing up, that I feel like I have lived up to my destiny. Instead of becoming a bestseller I have saved words, rescued princesses, and slayed dragons. In video games I am loved."

Maybe the aversion to Sandboxes -- even the kind of Sandbox-lite I've been advocting -- has something to do with the fact that there's a large subset of people who don't like being reminded that they are not special.  Pre-packaged story lines in MMOs are the equivalent of trophies for participation.  Finishing one of these stories isn't an indication of any special achievement.  All you did was show up.  Here's your gold star. 

Mind you, I'm not usually one of those people who complains about that sort of thing.  It feels good to get a pat on the head once in a while, deserved or not.  I get that.  But in the context of a massively multiplayer game, any validation you get from being Special is undermined by all the other Special people running around the game world.  Somehow, hollow accolades are worse than none at all.  If I want to be Savior of the Universe, I play single-player games.  They do a much, much better job of creating the illusion of consequence.

But it goes beyond the question of inhertly poor execution.  Scripted MMO stories get in the way of the kind of authentic experiences that these games are capable of creating.  Back in school, we were all told how much potential we had.  It was a big lie.  But our old friend, the MMO, really does have extraordinary potential.  It's time we stop letting him get away with doing the bare minimum.    

Yes as you say life is harder more tragic and less rewarding so keep them out of my game. Im not saying I want easy mode either but sometime I do because I have a job, family, and obligations. Story in games are key to me as well I don't see any problem with personal story in an mmo as long as its good. I am so tired of people on this site dictating what an MMO is "supposed" to be. You like sandbox games great im not gonna tell you your wrong for it but dont tell me that personal story doesnt belong in mmo's or any story at all for that matter becuase that is your opinion.

  Phrame

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Joined: 11/28/11
Posts: 29

1/06/13 5:57:25 PM#102
Originally posted by drivendawn
Originally posted by Greyface

Yes as you say life is harder more tragic and less rewarding so keep them out of my game. Im not saying I want easy mode either but sometime I do because I have a job, family, and obligations. Story in games are key to me as well I don't see any problem with personal story in an mmo as long as its good. I am so tired of people on this site dictating what an MMO is "supposed" to be. You like sandbox games great im not gonna tell you your wrong for it but dont tell me that personal story doesnt belong in mmo's or any story at all for that matter becuase that is your opinion.

I don't think the OP wants all games to be made the way he prefers. He just wants at least some games to be made that way. Right now, developers only seem to be making MMOs one way - the way that caters to the largest segment of MMO players. While you and many others may prefer that way (low effort, high reward being one aspect of that type of game) there's a segment of the MMO community that longs for something different and is not being served. 

 

There's no reason we shouldn't be able to have more than one flavor of MMO. 

  thinktank001

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Joined: 12/13/08
Posts: 1861

1/06/13 6:47:03 PM#103
Originally posted by NCPilot

 

I doubt that's the case, it's bringing in some money to Funcom and most likely turning a profit.  If it was a finanical failure, they would've closed it down. 

 

It probably isn't profitable enough.  I do remember reading some earlier financial reports stating that the game was underperforming in all their categories;  initial sales, subscription retention, and cash shop.   

 

 

  Destai

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Joined: 8/31/09
Posts: 496

1/06/13 6:52:06 PM#104

For the sake of discussion, I'd like to offer some retort to your post. Let me preface this by saying, I agree with your points but I think they are some nuances that are noteworthy.

Assumption #1

Of course developers are the owners and bear the responsibility for the direction of their project. Players don't have direct input into the creative direction of a game, and can either support it or not. Should they choose to support it, it means they are in agreement with the direction of the game. An exception to this is when players become disgruntled but have nothing else to entertain them, thereby remaining a customer. A good example of this is a burned out WoW player who sees nothing else worth playing. 

However, developers are making a service. They have customers because some part of their product is attractive. It would make sense to maximize this satisfication and return the features that are mostly well received. Where developers have a responsibility to listen:

1. Game changing updates: Anything that impacts a player's investment or existing achievements. For instance, NGE in Star Wars Galaxies. More recently, consider the Ascended Items update in Guild Wars 2. 

2. Design philosophy: When a developer is explicit about their design philosophy, they owe it to themselves to be true this. This is a selling point and if it is violated, many players will be stop playing. 

3. Payment models: If a game is transitioning models, be sure you aren't limiting content players already paid for or require players to pay for basic functionality such as travel, skill bars, or levels. 

Assumption #2

Players make up the culture of the game. When players are being funneled into content instead of other content (GW2 - fractals over open world), they are the problem. True, they are going with what's rational. The game presents rewards and a means to get there, it makes sense to follow this trek. However, cultural rifts happen in games. If a part of the population is against a feature, they are fighting against the culture of the game that is for such features. This is most evident when changes impact casual players at the expense of hardcore players, or vice versa. 

Assumption #3

I find no disagreement here.

Assumption #4

Story is important. It's what compels people to spend hundreds of hours and dollars on a game, along with gameplay. The examples you mentioned fell short for gameplay reasons. Story content were the redeeming qualities. I agree, not everyone is the chosen one. I would content that RP servers contribute to the story and the lore of the game. However, the game must have sufficient lore and story for a culture to thrive in. 

Assumption #5

Endgame is important. Character advancement is important. Unfortunately, this often translates to raids and gear progression, rather than something meaningful like reputation or morality advancement (like Fable, but better). Sandboxes offer a lot in this sense. You can reach max level and still have features to level up. But what do you do once those are leveled? I think that's a question a lot of games have a hard time answering. 

Current MMOs: Wildstar, Guild Wars 2, the Secret World, World of Warcraft

Past Loves: Guild Wars, Lord of the Rings Online, Everquest

  Hrimnir

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Joined: 5/24/10
Posts: 1098

1/06/13 8:17:25 PM#105
Originally posted by Greyface

Let's talk about the assumptions we all make about MMOs that are suffocating the genre.  I love MMOs -- I've been playing these games for a long, long time.  But it's suffering from a serious case of stagnation.   If things don't change, I see MMOs going the way of the Adventure Game. 

As players, our own expectations are to blame.  There are so many things we simply take for granted -- no one even thinks to question them.  Developers, for their part, have gotten lazy.  Very few can even articulate what's wrong; they just know that they're bored.  Bored players don't rant on forums -- they cancel their accounts.  Developers, for their part, respond by doubling down on past mistakes.  The list is strictly my own opinion; feel free to disagree or add your own. 

Assumption #1 Developers should listen to the players:  Henry Ford once said "If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses."  Developers who design based on player feedback get a lot of praise.  They really shouldn't.  What do players ask for?  More of the same: more raids, more gear, more levels, more buffs, more nerfs, more convenience.

The truth is that the players don't know what they want, because they've never seen it before.  Verant (now SOE) took a lot of crap back in the day for talking about their "Vision."  Sure, they sounded like jerks, but they also built a landmark game in Everquest.  Back in 2004, no one was demanding more quests.  Blizzard did it anyway, and you got the runaway success of WoW.  When was the last time a game feature came out of left field like that?  The reason why there's never been a WoW-killer is that the AAA developers can't move past the WoW-clone.  Players aren't game designers -- they're going to ask for a slightly different version of what they know.  Innovation comes when a developer takes risks.

I'm not saying there should be no communication between the people who make games and the people who play them.  But the industry has gotten into the habit of trying to please everyone, and the players have gotten into the habit of expecting it.

Assumption #2 Players are the problem: I cut my teeth on Ultima Online, a game where players brazenly tormented one another and exploited even the smallest bug.  It was one of the best gaming experiences of my life.  You never knew what was going to happen when you logged on, because human beings are unpredictable.  Note, I wasn't a PvPer in those days -- in fact, I spent a lot of time complaining about player killers.  But I loved the spontaneity -- the sense of player agency.  There were a thousand ways to play that game, and someone was always coming up with a new way to turn things to their advantage.  It was far from perfect, but like many other gamers, I was hooked.

Fast forward to 2013, and all you have are walls to prevent players from bothering one other, and from playing the game in unexpected ways.  MMOs used to be one the most social and creative of genres; today, players are isolated from one another.  Group finders match us up with random strangers, so we can grind away at scripted content in instances that ensure that we never run into anything, or anyone, unexpected.  Groups are fixed in size and composition, and deviating from developer-planned strategies will result in a wipe at best, bans at worst.  When soloing, you follow breadcrumb trails of phased quests that enclose you in a cozy little bubble of isolation where no one can get in the way of your progress.  Trade is anonymously conducted over auction house.  PvP is more like football than warfare – except you can’t trash talk the enemy because we don’t want anyone to get their feelings hurt.  Nothing you do really affects anyone else, and nothing is unanticipated.

Other players could make life hell back in the old days, but in our quest for convenience, we've tossed the baby out with the bathwater.  We play alongside one another, not with one another.  There has to be a happy medium between Lord of the Flies and It's A Small World.  This brings me to...          

Assumption #3 Sandboxes are sandboxes, theme parks are theme parks:  To read these forums, you'd think that we're discussing two entirely different genres.  It doesn't have to be this way.  In spite of what I've written above, I'm not a die-hard sandbox guy.  The game I played longest, besides UO, was WoW.  As players, we need to move beyond seeing sandboxes and theme parks as irreconcilable opposites.  They should be looked at as points along a spectrum.

Sandboxes avoid a lot of the problems in #2.  But they trade those problems for a new set of issues that have doomed them to a niche audience.  Where theme parks suffer from over-scripting, sandboxes leave new players adrift.  EvE, for example, almost dares a new player to enjoy it.   Why can't we have a game that starts off simple and gradually expands your options as you progress?  Why do we have to choose between free-for-all PvP and instanced battlegrounds?  Why does persistance have to mean dog-eat-dog?

In the real world, both totalitarianism and anarchy are seen as bad ways to run a society.  Most places opt for something between the two extremes.  Why do we, as gamers, fail to see that there's a third option?  I'm no game designer -- I'm not sure what it would look like in practice.  But I know that the game that combines the accessibility of WoW and the persistence of EvE has the potential to be the next ginormous hit.

The lack of publisher support for this concept is a little baffling to me.  One of the biggest headaches in running a modern MMO is keeping up with player demand for new content.  Allowing the players to have meaningful interaction is an inexhaustible -- and free -- solution to that problem.  

Assumption #4 Story is important:  After the failure of Star Wars: the Old Republic and The Secret World, I'm amazed that the takeaway seems to be that the subscription model is the problem.  Subscriptions are fine -- players will pony up for a game if they think it's worth the money.  The problem with both games is the notion that voice-acted cut scenes are the magic bullet for a smash hit MMO.  If we, as gamers, want this sort of thing we'll play single-player games.  They still make those. 

Being the Chosen One in an MMO is just dumb, because there are 500 other Chosen Ones pouring out of the same instance right behind you.  Context, not story, is what we need.  Make the world and its back-story live, and give the players the tools and freedom to create their own story. 

Assumption #5 The Endgame is all that matters:  So many gamers -- and games -- have this idea that the process of developing your character is somehow a precursor to the "real" game.  If a single-player game shipped with a 40-hour tutorial and 3 hours of actual gameplay, how do you think that would go over?  WoW is one of the worst offenders, which is stunning to me.  Most of their initial success came from the fact that Blizzard was the first developer to put actual content into their low level game.  But these days, people level as fast as they can just to get to the raids and battlegrounds.

If players are rushing through solo content just to get to group content, the solution should be obvious.  Instead of shortening leveling curves and then adding loot grinds to slow down the rate of content churn, why not just put the good stuff up front?  

Just spitballing here, but imagine a game without a level cap.  As you progress, the cost to level up increases and the benefits shrink.   Eventually, players would hit a de facto cap, but it would take a long time, even for the worst content locusts.  How would players respond to that?   In practice, there wouldn't be much difference from the current status quo: slow advancement coming in tiny steps.  But it breaks from the idea of loot as "endgame" progress.  Players would be free to seek out the content and activities that they enjoy, rather than just charging into whatever instance gives the next set of gear.

Anyway, that's my list.  If you read the whole thing, I'm grateful and a little amazed.   Of course, your mileage may vary -- this post isn't intended to be a universal proclamation of the way forward.  Looking forward to hearing the responses (if any).

   

This is one of the best posts i've seen on this forum in a long while and encompasses how i feel almost to a T. 

 

In particular i want to comment on Point 5, because thats the path that EverQuest 1 took, and it worked exceptionally well.  Yes, there were some aspects of EQ1 that needed changing, things like losing levels from deaths was dumb.  The ability to lose all your gear because you couldnt get back to your corpse in time, was dumb.  There are definitely innovations along the way that benefitted the genre.  But, the biggest problem in my opinion has been the over casualization.

People demanding "ports" every 100 meters in the game, because god forbid they spend 3 minutes running to a dungeon entrance or to a particular place in the map.

Whining about "forced grouping".  This is probably my biggest point that makes me angry.  People look at it in the lense of "if grouping allows me to get better gear, even if its only 5% better, or lets someone level even as little as 1% faster than i can as a soloer, then i am being "FORCED" to group".  Its ludicrous.   In EQ1 you could solo to level cap, would it take a crapton longer and not have as good rewards as far as gear?  Absolutely.  But thats the way it should be.  Its a frigging MMORPG.  And no, Multiplayer does not mean just "being around other players".  Multiplayer means PLAYING with other players.  If 2 kids are in a big playground, and one is on the monkey bars in one corner, and the other kid is in the other corner making sand castles. NOT ONE person would look at that situation and say those children are playing together.

Everything is a "grind" now.  I literally had a guy in Rift complaining that it taking 50 hours to level from 51 to 60 was a totally unacceptable asian style grind.  He literally was talking about it in the same level of exasperation as if you had asked him to shoot his girlfriend in the face with a crossbow.  It was *that* ludicrous of an idea to him.

 

The OP brought up such a great point when he was talking about "The Vision".  We all used to bitch about it, and to be truthful, yes there were instances where the developers was just flat wrong.  But the majority of the time the vision was a good thing.  I always use the example of players thinking they know what they want with the example of a guy who says he wants to have 3 wives, how awesome it would be right?  Until he actually has 3 wives and realizes its the exact opposite of what he wants. Now, does that mean the playerbase is always wrong? NO, an example:  In original EQ, paladins and shadowknights literally took 40% more actual raw XP to level than other classes because they were hybrids.  This stemmed from the fact that back in the early beta days, They were a crapton more powerful than their hybrid base classes.  They had all the tanking and DPS ability of a warrior, and all the heals and buffs of a cleric (in the case of a paladin) but there was no real downside.  Even later in the game they changed it so that paladins got nerfed versions of the cleric spells, and warriors had better mitigation, way more DPS etc.  This all worked out fine, except they never removed this XP reduction. What was worse is that if you joined a group, it spread that 40% out amongst the group, so nobody wanted to play with a paladin or SK in the group because it meant they were gonna take 8% less xp or something like that

 

Anyways, all water under the bridge at this point. I am keeping an eye out on EQ Next though, hoping it will be good.

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  nariusseldon

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1/06/13 11:30:54 PM#106
Originally posted by Phrame
Originally posted by drivendawn
Originally posted by Greyface

Yes as you say life is harder more tragic and less rewarding so keep them out of my game. Im not saying I want easy mode either but sometime I do because I have a job, family, and obligations. Story in games are key to me as well I don't see any problem with personal story in an mmo as long as its good. I am so tired of people on this site dictating what an MMO is "supposed" to be. You like sandbox games great im not gonna tell you your wrong for it but dont tell me that personal story doesnt belong in mmo's or any story at all for that matter becuase that is your opinion.

I don't think the OP wants all games to be made the way he prefers. He just wants at least some games to be made that way. Right now, developers only seem to be making MMOs one way - the way that caters to the largest segment of MMO players. While you and many others may prefer that way (low effort, high reward being one aspect of that type of game) there's a segment of the MMO community that longs for something different and is not being served. 

 

There's no reason we shouldn't be able to have more than one flavor of MMO. 

We have more than one flavor of MMO. STO plays totally differently than WOW. DDO has a totally different dungeon feel (more dungeon, less open world, more events & puzzles in dungeons) than WOW.

PS2 has massive combat. WOT has tank based instanced combat. And then we have super hero MMOs like DCUO.

There are plenty of variety. It may be valid to complain that the OP does not have games he like .. but it is just plain wrong to say there  is only one flavor of MMO. In fact, precisely because of the variety, I am in favor of MMO hoping and don't even have enough time to experience them all.

  jpnz

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1/06/13 11:50:46 PM#107
Originally posted by Phrame
 

I don't think the OP wants all games to be made the way he prefers. He just wants at least some games to be made that way. Right now, developers only seem to be making MMOs one way - the way that caters to the largest segment of MMO players. While you and many others may prefer that way (low effort, high reward being one aspect of that type of game) there's a segment of the MMO community that longs for something different and is not being served. 

 

There's no reason we shouldn't be able to have more than one flavor of MMO. 

That segment that isn't being 'served' (according to you) is a segment that isn't that big.

Supply / Demand, that's how the market works. So if you want a style of game, support something that is similar / has those features.

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  steelheartx

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1/06/13 11:58:25 PM#108

Good read, and actually found myself nodding my head in agreement though out most of it   :)

Not sure i'm on the same page with you on #5, but i definately agree that something needs to be done.  Personally i'd rather have the journey between level 1- x longer and more rewarding rather than grinding out dailies for months after reaching max level.

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  Rayshe

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1/07/13 12:00:04 AM#109
A good read, im not gonna take anything away from yours. However you gotta admit that those assumptions are gonna be different for everyone. There is no real cut and dry method to these things. Some people like some of the things your listed, So as i said everyones is gonna be different.

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  Phrame

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1/07/13 12:16:36 AM#110

Originally posted by jpnz

Originally posted by Phrame

That segment that isn't being 'served' (according to you) is a segment that isn't that big.

Supply / Demand, that's how the market works. So if you want a style of game, support something that is similar / has those features.

 

I'd be willing to bet that segment is larger than you think, judging by how many topics like this there are on this site and by the problems MMOs are facing today with longevity, declining subscription numbers, etc. All of those players who are discontent would probably be willing to try something new. Many others are still playing their old favorite MMOs because nothing new has released that they enjoy. You have a point though, it is smaller and most developers would rather play it safe and go for a piece of the larger pie. That's why we have so many games that follow WoW's design philosophy. 

 

Since no game has been developed so far with the features the OP brought up, there's really nothing to support... but you're right, and I would support it if the game turned out to be fun and of decent quality. 

Originally posted by nariusseldon

Originally posted by Phrame
Originally posted by drivendawn
Originally posted by Greyface

We have more than one flavor of MMO. STO plays totally differently than WOW. DDO has a totally different dungeon feel (more dungeon, less open world, more events & puzzles in dungeons) than WOW.

PS2 has massive combat. WOT has tank based instanced combat. And then we have super hero MMOs like DCUO.

There are plenty of variety. It may be valid to complain that the OP does not have games he like .. but it is just plain wrong to say there  is only one flavor of MMO. In fact, precisely because of the variety, I am in favor of MMO hoping and don't even have enough time to experience them all.

This is true, there are tons of MMOs after all so it's wrong to say there's only one flavor. I guess my point was there's no reason we can't have both what the OP wants and what the guy I responded to wants within the same genre. There's definitely more than one right way to make an MMO. 

  Metentso

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1/07/13 3:49:32 AM#111

Let me add another assumption, that is killing MMOs, in my oppinion:

"MMOS have to be fun"

Bluntly said, MMOs don't have to be fun, they have to be epic, you have to suffer (but not frustrating, hopefully). At the end you have the feeling of having done something amazing, which doesn't equal to fun exactly.

  jpnz

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1/07/13 5:18:27 AM#112
Originally posted by Phrame

 

 I'd be willing to bet that segment is larger than you think, judging by how many topics like this there are on this site and by the problems MMOs are facing today with longevity, declining subscription numbers, etc. All of those players who are discontent would probably be willing to try something new. Many others are still playing their old favorite MMOs because nothing new has released that they enjoy. You have a point though, it is smaller and most developers would rather play it safe and go for a piece of the larger pie. That's why we have so many games that follow WoW's design philosophy. 

 

If there is a 'segment' there needs to be proof that it exists before most companies invests millions of $$$ to create it.

The only proof that we have is EVE with its 450k sub number.

That's nice and respectable but that's the only non-themepark MMO that is above 100k.

What about longevity? Video games are a disposable entertainment products for me so one game (MMO or non-MMO) rarely lasts more than 4 months.

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  jpnz

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1/07/13 5:19:54 AM#113
Originally posted by Metentso

Let me add another assumption, that is killing MMOs, in my oppinion:

"MMOS have to be fun"

Bluntly said, MMOs don't have to be fun, they have to be epic, you have to suffer (but not frustrating, hopefully). At the end you have the feeling of having done something amazing, which doesn't equal to fun exactly.

We are talking about VIDEO GAMES right?

I view video games as a disposable entertainment product and I'm pretty sure that's what most people expect.

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  tom_gore

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1/07/13 5:28:30 AM#114

Superb post.

I like the part where you say that developers should combine the accessibility of WoW with the persistence (and depth) of EVE will be the next hit.

I agree completely. I hope John Smedley and whoever is leading the production of Titan are listening.

 

  kitarad

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1/07/13 5:30:14 AM#115

MMOs have become disposable because of the sheer number of titles out there. People play them like temp games and no longer expect to play them long term and developers are also catering to this à la carte  behaviour. Games used to be very long term like when I played Everquest but even I look at MMORPGs as a temporary game for me to get to the end and enjoy the journey there. I no longer look to it like  my unhealthy obsession was with Everquest and I am glad I can luv em and leave em now.

I do enjoy groups but I disagree that other players should be allowed to shiiit all over my game when I am playing so the open PvP or any time other players come to camp and destroy my gameplay will have me leaving the game very fast so for me other players can be a problem. I do not think I am the minority in this attitude.

 I personally love the story in SWTOR I just wish they paid the same attention to other parts of the game like alternate paths of levelling that is not the same planet sequence but at least 5 other ways to level like WoW offered that is my main issue with SWTOR. Definitely loved the voice acting and storyline in fact that was done very well. I also think from the chat you read while at fleet or on a planet others love the story too because they discuss it and say how much they are enjoying it.

 

Although I enjoy reading and debating with the ideas here in my head when I do not write down what I think the people on this site are a minority as far as what the general gaming public who just buy and play MMORPGs like because in spite of how the game is looking like in reviews they inevitably sell a lot of copies and then people leave like always after sampling the menu. This is where the à la carte part come in. Players no longer stay like we did in Everquest they move on to the next shiny thing like crows with baubles and I think I might be a crow too unfortunately.

  tom_gore

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1/07/13 5:31:15 AM#116
Originally posted by Metentso

Let me add another assumption, that is killing MMOs, in my oppinion:

"MMOS have to be fun"

Bluntly said, MMOs don't have to be fun, they have to be epic, you have to suffer (but not frustrating, hopefully). At the end you have the feeling of having done something amazing, which doesn't equal to fun exactly.

Yes the need to be fun, but they don't need to be totally trivial and effortless. I think that was what you were after. Even difficult games can be FUN. Even long tasks can be FUN.

Unfortunately, us "real gamers" are not the core audience anymore. The people playing Farmville and other such non-games are.

 

  jpnz

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1/07/13 5:43:48 AM#117
Originally posted by tom_gore
Originally posted by Metentso

Let me add another assumption, that is killing MMOs, in my oppinion:

"MMOS have to be fun"

Bluntly said, MMOs don't have to be fun, they have to be epic, you have to suffer (but not frustrating, hopefully). At the end you have the feeling of having done something amazing, which doesn't equal to fun exactly.

Yes the need to be fun, but they don't need to be totally trivial and effortless. I think that was what you were after. Even difficult games can be FUN. Even long tasks can be FUN.

Unfortunately, us "real gamers" are not the core audience anymore. The people playing Farmville and other such non-games are.

 

I doubt any actual gamers will pass up games like 'To the Moon', Journey, Flower, The Walking Dead just because it is 'easy' or 'effortless'.

More games are coming out so there is a larger spread in difficulty.

 

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  dadante666

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you stop laughing when hear the same joke ,but always cry for the same thing...

1/07/13 5:50:27 AM#118

first of all mmo are not and will never die ,we as a individual alwais try to look from stull other game have and alwais keelp looking into a circle of neverending  stupify and not value the game itself as it is ,gw2 for me is perfect its run out of content but still is perfect ,now im playing sandbox game like ahe of wushun (2 diferent type of game )and i enjoy AOW alot and have stull to do  not like gw2 wish run out of content and need to wait for patch .mi point is the iknow the diference and i play both games icant say come on add this on guildwars cause hey everyone have theyr own idea and like some style and we are never gonna be confortable whit any game ever  otehr than acept it  how it is simple as that.

no game are and will be perfect really we alwais trying to put stuff were dont belong just acept thing how they are and if is not for you play other game that have the fiture you want .

  superniceguy

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NGE, LOTRO, STO, KOTOR, Lego Star Wars > NGE 2 (SWTOR). SWG>ALL. Above hopefully subject to change.

1/07/13 6:24:28 AM#119

I disagree with #1,  as SOE/LA did not listen to the players, and they delivered the CU and the NGE as a result.

Following the NGE, SOE actually listened to the players, and fixed the game up pretty well with what they had.  Going back to pre-CU or the NGE was not viable, and the code was a mess, but despite that they did wonders to the game. Near the end when they had the free 45 days, the population s quadrupled, which that had not happened on previous free months, and the reason for that is because SOE made something of the NGE by 2011, by actually listening to the players. Following the NGE, nothing SOE did caused as much uproar as the CU or the NGE, and what they did do overall was accepted by the majority of existing players.

Most developers do not listen to the players, as are too confidenet that WOW like games are the answer, except Smedley recently, so we shall see what EQ next does.

Also there is listening and there is listening. Developers should listen to what players want and developers should then give what players need  (not give what players want)

 

With #5 I tend to agree that the end game matters so people want to keep playing, but should not be all that matters, but in a MMO end game should be more important  otherwise you may as well have a single player game - people play the content that is there and then quit. In COH and STO the levels did not matter so much as most of the content (except main stortlines) scaled to your own level. Pre-CU did not matter much either, as you had no levels, and the 32 professions, provided plenty of content in itself. SWG had plenty of features even after NGE, to keep you occupied. There was not a massive need to be max level, although it opened more of the game up, in the end low levels could participate in the invasions, theme parks, mission terminals, space etc.

 

 

  ShakyMo

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1/07/13 6:42:45 AM#120
ONE assumption that is killing mmos

"we can get 10 million subs like wow"
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