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Why I believe it is important to support the idea of Mortal Online.
General Discussion « Mortal Online
2/11/10 5:20:13 PM
I wish folks that enjoy sandboxes would support their genre....instead of trying to inflict their playstyle into games not intended for them. SW: TOR being a prime poster-child currently.
Ryzom is a fine example of a sandbox not being supported.
I tried it in OB, and was amazed at the depth to the game. If crafting/skill/sim based was my cup of tea, it would be something to look into. Pity folks have let it hang on life support.
Instead of playing games catering to the sandbox crowd, everytime a new title launches, we hear "it needs to be crafter-based, full loot PvP, skill based, make it like the PRECioUs..." etc etc.
Um...no it doesnt.
Generally speaking: Those that prefer the "themepark" have no interest in world sim games based on crafting, let alone PvP being the majority of the content. Meanwhile PvE folks, like me, want to adventure for gear, and not be someone's "sport" while doing such. We want classes tuned for PvE encounters...not PvP.
And we sure as Hell dont want devs spending their time balancing skill trees, rather than cranking out new zones/content.
The two crowds playstyles just do not mix.
It gets kind of old hearing post after post carrying on that the two styles can co-exist. Trader based is the polar opposite of loot based gaming, and a game either has open PvP or it doesnt. As we have seen in UO, and other similar titles, folks wont put up with being ganked squaded for long.
The biggest sandbox MMO success to date has been EVE(or the PRECioUS....although it dropped subs fast after launch), I would have to imagine, and it's 300k-ish subs still pale in comparison to the 450k my native EQ1 had during its prime. Which was well before the influx of new gamers thanks to WOW no less.
I have no problem with sandbox games...I just dont care to play them. The majority of gamers, voting with their wallet, have said the same as well. It is a niche genre.
So please...support games intended for your gaming style, and leave talk of your niche playstyle in the forums it belongs.
Sure would save a lot of drama on these boards.