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Gaming communities suffer now days because players enter with the intent to maximize their players level/complete the game as fast as possible and I think this has a lot to do with the linearity of the games now days. 

Take for example a game like Ultima Online, as old as it is, it's a good example because there was no storyline or quest to linearize the game and to this day I still believe the community felt the best. With a quest line to follow, you instantly make the game so anyone not on the same stage as you serves you no purpose to interact with. You have a goal to find people on the same step so you can get to the next. Of course removing quests from a RPG makes little sense so it’s up to the developers to think of ways of incorporating players in quests they have no real stake in.

Another thing that makes for a poor community is having a level system where the maximum level player can squish the lowest level like an insignificant bug. This is counter intuitive to creating a game in which you want to have as many players as possible interacting with each other. With a system like this you are not only dividing your players but you are also creating zones in your world, divided by levels, which become obsolete once the majority of the population progress to the next and in result making a wasteland of a community for new players to the game. Who wants to start playing a game and believe that no one else is playing the game because in reality no one goes to the starting zones because there is no reason to go back? Taking Ultima Online as example again, I can still remember to this day players of all skill levels interacting together as you could serve some purpose even if you weren’t maxed out in melee or magery whether it be casting a low level spell to deactivate someone magic reflect or throwing some explosion potions.

Finally I think games need to do a better job of implementing interfaces for communication. Chat boxes are what they are and for me conversations often times go overlooked, but I could imagine a game with a text based application similar to a phone for notification and message sending. On receipt of a text you can hear a notification via sound or visual aid. In addition visual and audible notifications of events in the world could be clearer. Some games are better than others at this but for the most part I have played games where I’m often left in the dark on what’s going on and the last thing to help build a in game community is giving your player a sense of loneliness. 

 
 
 

Good read, Ultima Online will always be the best in my mind.


 



Of the many games I played I remember the most about this game. Started when I was 13 years old in 97 and have played it off and on via free servers (some of the free servers by the way have maintained the best elements of the game before the updates and grew on that). 


The one thing I don't understand is why more developers don't use what UO did to make their game better. UO didn't even have a quest system and yet there was still so much to do. (explore, treasure hunt, mine, chop wood, place your house/castle in the actual game world, sneak into a person house and rob them and murder them, have guild wars in towns, become a murderous Dread Lord and be unable to enter a town without someone calling the guards on you, opt to put a bounty on the head of someone who kills you, kill the player with a bounty on them and return their head for the gold, loot players corpses, hoard gear for when you die and get looted, and the list goes on...



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