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Originally posted by Kyleran
"Over? Nothing is over until we say it is." But yeah, DMKano is correct, the era of the old school, virtual world MMORPG is long past. The good news is there is still one such game still viable in the market and I'm playing it, likely for the very long haul. You never know, one day a new game might interest me, but until then I'm good holed up in my bunker for now.

If there's a market for old school games, and there's a feasible path to making such a game and have it be profitable, then I suspect we'll see one, again.

But yeah.  I think, to go from a developer's perspective... if you can build a world like that without taking 5-10 years of development time where there's ZERO revenue coming in, and get to the black in the first 3 years or so, we'll see them, again.  You'd need super efficient world building tools and some REALLY GOOD ideas.  But hey, isn't that the point? 

Originally posted by Phry
Originally posted by Robsolf

As Valoreah said, I wouldn't count on it. 

It's just the way STO is built.  And it's not unusual.  Even in WoW there has just always been Horde v. Alliance.  If there ever was such an MMO that created a completely new level 1 to max faction after a game's release, I'm not aware of it.

Maybe you're just referring to PvP, in which case, STO is definitely not built for that.

There is a huge difference between World of Warcraft though, and STO, in terms of WoW it was never meant to be anything other than Horde vs Alliance, but STO, or at least the Star Trek IP, was never about Klingon vs Federation, there are more factions in Star Trek than that, and the thought of Romulans siding with either the Federation or the Klingons is so counter to everything the Romulans were, it just doesn't make sense, not that those 3 factions were the only ones in Star Trek, the Ferengi and the Dominion perhaps just more examples, the IP is just that vast that it always seemed a waste to restrict it to some meaningless battle between the Klingons and the Federation. Shame really, could have been great.

"the IP" being the key distinction.  And to that, I'd agree 100%

But STO has pretty much been built around a 2 faction system, with the grey factions represented as story drviers from the perspective of those 2 factions.  And your point underscores the reason why; there's easily a half dozen factions I can think of off the top of my head that would also deserve their own path, if Romulans do.  And many many more that I've forgotten about.  I don't think that adding playable factions to that extent, in any way that's coherent, would be possible on a WoW budget, let alone STO's.

Still, dare to dream...


 

I suppose that if I gauged how much fun I have in a game by ticking off a checklist of features it does/doesn't have, I might think MMO's are over, too. 

But as it turns out, I can love playing LotRO... and Eve... and Marvel Heroes.  I can enjoy them for very different reasons and not, in fact, dismiss MH because there's no open world, or Eve because there's no quick travel to home base, Or LotRO because there's minimal focus on PvP.

I don't sit and wait the holy grail of MMO's to come along that does all those things.  Matter of fact, GW2 ticks all those boxes, and I own it, and yet I don't play it.  Maybe, it turns out, I don't really need those things all in one place.

I can't assume what's going on in anyone else's head, but it really seems sometimes that people create their own misery with these sorts of demands.  And in my own experience, the more demanding I am when I shop for something(a car, a house, whatever) with a checklist of features, the more often I'm disappointed in the end result.

From what I recall, it was a death from a thousand paper cuts.  Being a fledgling industry, many management mistakes were made.  Wiki did a pretty decent job of covering them, there.

Arcade popularity had hit its peak and was starting to come down.  Kids would play a game for an hour on one quarter; probably barely enough to cover the electricity to run the game.  As a result, those awesome kidgasm entertainment palaces as seen in Tron were drying up fast.  Massive appeal, poor revenue model.

I dunno how badly Atari treated the Activision folks, but the Activision games were EASILY the best games you could get for the 2600; it's clear which way the talent went.  Whatever it was that they wanted from Atari that they weren't getting, Atari clearly made the wrong choice by not giving it up.

Ultimately, complacency was probably Atari's downfall.  It dominated a market in which superior hardware certainly existed.  Again, home computing being a fairly new industry, they had no idea how quickly the industry would progress and evolve.  They had almost no marketing model to go off of.

Nintendo would come along and do the same thing:  take over, dominate, eventually start treating software development assets and partners like crap, to then give Sony the wedge it needed with the Playstation.  Sony demanded much less per unit on licensing for studios to make games for the console, so a flood of titles hit shortly after launch.

It was certainly an interesting time to grow up.

As Valoreah said, I wouldn't count on it. 

It's just the way STO is built.  And it's not unusual.  Even in WoW there has just always been Horde v. Alliance.  If there ever was such an MMO that created a completely new level 1 to max faction after a game's release, I'm not aware of it.

Maybe you're just referring to PvP, in which case, STO is definitely not built for that.

It looks like the debate goes smoothly with many good suggestions. 

My only suggestion would be that you reconsider getting a solid state drive.  The difference it makes is just as important and useful as a faster CPU/GPU.

It's one of the best games that I don't play.

I own it, and I log into it when they announce a new episode is ready, so I can unlock it and play the episode sometime in the future...

...but I still don't play it.

The "canvassy/parchmenty" anime art style doesn't do much for me.  Just a personal taste issue.

The "over the top" fantasy setting, aka Quaggans and whatnot, doesn't appeal to me.  Again, just personal taste.

Despite my love of more complex(read: more versatile) crafting systems, I find that the GW2 system is often just complex for complexity's sake.  Especially cooking.  I do love the separate crafting inventory, though.  GW2's inventory system might be the best one out there, IMO.

I like the underwater zones, but I'm not fond of underwater combat.  When you keep the same "magic fade in" mob spawning system in a 3D aggro space it pretty much means even the most alert players are going to get swarmed.

I don't feel ripped off at all; particularly since I can go back at any time and play just as I had when the game launched.  And there's lots of game there for the money.  Quality-wise, the systems all seem pretty strong and well thought out, again with the exception of underwater mob spawning.

I just don't play it.  6 years after I started, with all its hits and misses, Lotro remains my main game.

Originally posted by CalmOceans

If the reverse actually happened, and a company said

"We can lower the resolution by 4, but retain almost all detail, and quadruple your framerate"

 people would be going crazy about how awesome the technology is

that's how stupid 4k is

 how people can defend a technology that drops your framerate by 60-70%, for a "benefit" that researchers are saying you can't even see, is beyond me

and you could say that about, 1080P to 720P.  1024x768 to 640x480.  I'm sure games that run decent at 1080P would have amazing frames at 640x480.  And yet the response to the higher rez is "hell yeah!  bring on more pixels!"

Now I do agree with you that there is a theoretical limit to this "more pixels!" thing.  But I don't think 1080P to 4K is that limit, particularly regarding larger computer monitors.  TV's 42" and smaller?  Yeah, it's getting there.  the focus should be on color, contrast, brightness, etc.

But a 27-32" monitor at 4K?  Sign me up.

Originally posted by Quizzical
Originally posted by Hrimnir

Good to hear.  As far as the 290, even a quiet 290 is going to be loud compared to a maxwell 2 series nvidia card.  Its all about physics, the TDP on a 290 is 275 watts, the TDP on a 960 is 130w's.  That means that the r9 has to dissipate more than twice as much heat.  Also, think about electricity costs.  yeah, it may only add up to 2 or 3 dollars difference a month, but that adds up over time, so while you might save a bit of money as far as price performance now, after 2 or 3 years you came out WAY ahead, had a quieter, cooler running card, etc.

Just some things to chew on.  R9's are not bad cards, they perform well, but they're very inefficient, which is why i primarily don't recommend them.  In the long run they end up costing more money, they're louder, they create a ton more heat inside your case which doesn't help with the life of your other components and can affect potential overclocks of your cpu, etc.

 

Furthermore, even at load, dissipating 200 W while playing a relatively intense game in a desktop isn't hard to do.  So the Radeon R9 290 isn't really going to be a problem unless you're unusually sensitive to noise or trying for a very small form factor.

Also, never underestimate the ability of stupid fan designs to make massively more noise than they ought to (see, for example, Intel's stock CPU coolers).  Yes, lower power makes it easier to be quiet, but that's not the only factor.

Just a personal experience thing:  I'm running an OC'd Asus R290 now, and it doesn't make any more noise than my processor fan, even at full load.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121842

Caveat:  Better have a big case...

On the other hand, my old MSI twin Frozr 6970(a beast when it came out) sounded like a friggin jet plane taking off when you'd run games.  I was actually considering ways to move the case downstairs and find a long range KMV solution at one point.

I think the moral of the story is, when you pay a crapton of money to buy the newest-latest-greatest tech, you might pay in more ways than just money.

 

First bit of advice:  Listen to Quizz.  In general.

Second bit:  Listen to Quizz, particularly when it comes to getting an SSD.  It's more than just load times, believe me.  It improves "hitchy" games by a TON, more than a new vid card in many cases.  (I'm lookin' at YOU, Marvel Heroes/Lotro...)

Third bit:  8 gig is fine now, but it won't be long(maybe a year) til you'll need to upgrade to 16.  It's not rare these days that I hit 2/3-3/4 load, which is on the brink.

4th bit:  A good audio system goes a long way.  Most MB onboard audio is fine, but plug it into something that doesn't sound like a bullhorn, only quieter.  Audio is half the experience.  It really is.

Best of luck to ya, my friend!

I'm glad they're finally starting to do something about the war of attrition combat, particularly in the open zones. 

I do wish they'd allow us to replay the original main story, even if without the item rewards.  I'd like to go through the missions back to back to get a more serial feel to what seemed like a great story.

Be happy that there isn't much hype.  If there was, folks on this site and elsewhere will be tearing it apart because it's not exactly what they want.

On the other side of the coin, folks have learned time and time again that what's promised on paper and what the finished product ends up being will be miles apart in scope and often concept.

We're already starting to see this with Star Citizen.  The game that people originally saw as "you can go anywhere, do anything" is just now starting to flesh out as a game with limitations, reasonable or not.

I don't think 4K TV's are terribly useful at the moment, since most sources will be 1080P or smaller for the foreseeable future. 

4K gaming though?  Count me in.  That would make a 27"+ monitor alot more appealing, IMO.  It'll probably still be awhile for me, though.  The core of my machine is Phenom II era stuff.  2008-ish.  Methinx I'm gonna have to replace the mobo/cpu/memory before I could do it(for gaming), but I know it definitely wouldn't be pointless.

Seems like the only logical next step after they got to 10 million subs last month. 
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I have my issues with W8, but it is nowhere near the mess that Vista was.

W8's faults mostly begin and end with an idiots decision to force people into a touchscreen interface when they use a mouse.  That's easily remedied, and in a just world the person behind it is enjoying their job as a greeter at Walmart.

The best example I can give... I have a budget ACER laptop from 2007 that has outlasted its battery in usability, because of W8.  W8 boots up quickly, and uses little memory(good for a machine that can only hold 2 gigs). 

I remember having Win95/98 machines that were more than "worthy" of Windows XP, in terms of specs and power.  But yet, due to reasons that may or may not have been Microsoft's fault, were just left out in the cold.  In comparison, W8 not only accepted older, even crappy hardware, but made it better.  The OS loads faster, and leaves more memory available than W7, and most certainly Vista.

Technically, W8 is terrific.

Originally posted by ConjureOne
 

You can chuckle all you want, but it doesnt change the fact :-) we can argue which design/car is better BMW or Mercedes (matter of taste), but we can all agree that a modern car is better in every way than a 30 year old junk wagon of same brand/model, unless you are a heirloom collector, which is a strange deviation from normal.

Can we please put the car analogy out of its misery?  I don't recall ever buying a car and having mechanics come over every month to add stuff and change existing parts.  It's apples and oranges.

As far as Wildstar goes, its raid-centricity pretty much guaranteed it wasn't the game for me.  But its move to more casual play (if true) is probably less likely to draw people like me than it is to piss off their current niche fans.  I guess time will tell, I just hope their current loyalists aren't about to lose the game they love.

 

Originally posted by Iselin
Originally posted by Robsolf
TBH, I clicked into this thread thinking Narcissistic Braggarts was a new guild.

An offshoot of Elitist Jerks? 

 

Yeah!  Except they'd be more PvE based. 

TBH, I clicked into this thread thinking Narcissistic Braggarts was a new guild.
Originally posted by Athisar

VIP is mostly convenience. You basically rent the pre-expansion content and have access to everything, and you get some extras on top. It includes 500 TP per month too. If you buy all the quest packs and other included features of VIP you can easily play the game afterwards with no sub with pretty much no loss.

I do my sub annually, so it comes out to a little over 8 bucks a month($99 over 12 months).  Since that comes with 5 bucks a month in TP's, that  makes the VIP sub ridiculously cheap.

Originally posted by Battlerock
The baby boomer generation is home to many of them, they covet youth , the one thing they just can't have, they put down the youth and act like the youth are a bunch of lazy kids that are entitled, that's to mask their own entitlement, a Sportscar, fat retirement plans, 3000 sq ft home, over payed and insecure. I pretend to value their input - it's done wonders for me. What a nice house, great job on that quarterly report, you're the best..... stroke those egos, it will do wonders.

This times infinity.  It's like they saw the Greatest Generation and decided collectively to be 100% not that.

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