No this isn't a religious column from Bill Murphy this week. Instead, it's a quick look at why we as MMO gamers always seem to be waiting for the next big thing, instead of enjoying what we do have while looking forward. And why developers are so hesitant to move the genre forward, and how they can do just that if they're brave enough. Read on, see if you agree, and leave a note in the comments.
There's a tendency, as written about here and across the MMO industry, for players to latch onto their favorite past games with a sense of erstwhile pride and more than a little bit of "rose-tinted" glory. We forget the reasons we left some old MMO flame, and isntead long fondly for the time in our MMO life when that game was the game. But the fact is, if we left a game and haven't been able to get back into it since those golden years, chances are it's time in our gameplay life is over. That's not a bad thing, but we're only limiting our future enjoyment of new titles by clinging stubbornly to "the old days".
Read the rest of Bill's Why So Many MMOs Disappoint.
Ultimately, we all just want to be (fowl-mouthed) kids, playing pretend.