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Wherefore Art Thou, DAoC?

Posted by Naryysys Monday December 10 2007 at 11:57PM
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           Ahh, Dark Age of Camelot. Some of my fondest memories of MMORPGs come from that game, pre-ToA, of course. What about it was so great? Hard to put my finger on one thing, there were so many. The community (I remember when regional chat used to actually be worth reading..), PvP, hell, even the PvE was great. I’m not sure I’ll ever enjoy another MMO quite so much.
            Mythic defined the great PvP experience for me. After reupping a couple months back, I’m still amazed at the lowbie battlegrounds and, to an even greater extent, the frontiers. Why hasn’t any other MMO learned from Mythic? Why hasn’t Blizzard, having almost admitted to taking the best things from other games and polishing them, implemented this system in World of Warcraft? What, exactly, possessed them to leave out something that almost the entire MMO population has agreed upon? There aren’t many issues for which the playerbase at large can find common ground. I believe DAoC PvP comes about as close as anything else.
But wait, Nary, isn’t Mythic releasing WAR? Won’t it be just like DAoC, only better?
            Sadly, no. While I believe Mythic will incorporate elements of DAoC into WAR, I highly doubt we will see a renewed DAoC. That isn’t to say WAR won’t be great. If Mythic has learned anything from DAoC and have some great new ideas I’m sure it will be a great game.  But I can already tell it won’t have the same feel DAoC had. As they say, the original is always best. For me, WAR will never be able to evoke the same fun DAoC did. Again, that isn’t to say it won’t evoke great fun, it just won’t be the same thing. I still resub every now and then just for the nostalgia factor.

            Looking to the future, here’s to hoping WAR will be another great MMO experience, and to honoring DAoC. I feel, in its prime, it was really one of the greats.

EDIT - Hah at the mistake in the title.  Man, do I feel dumb.

toria writes:

I agree in its prime, it was one of the greats.. sadly it has fallen  but i will still always fondly remember DaOc.. i plyed it for 5 years right now i am playing everquest 2


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Tue Dec 11 2007 12:20AM Report
hut2000t writes:

I played it from the beginning.  I've cancelled a few times to try other MMORPGS...everything from WOW to GW, Lineage 2, AC, etc...etc.  But i still come back to daoc after a while.  And still playing it....until something better comes along.

Tue Dec 11 2007 1:11PM Report
Boardwalker writes:

DAoC is still the top MMO in terms of pvp/rvr concept: PvE home realms + RvR frontier zone = best of both worlds.

I have played since launch and will continue to play until they kick me out. Don't be fooled: DAoC has less people playing it these days because of its age, but through clustering its rvr is still very active and the community is active.

Tue Dec 11 2007 3:07PM Report
Antioche writes:

Yep I still play. Currently been playing my bard again on killibury cluster.

Tue Dec 11 2007 3:48PM Report
ZeppelinJ0 writes:

I totally agree with you Nars, I'm having a hard time finding something that had me enthralled as much as DAoC did.  It was my first MMO, willing to bet it was yours too, and I think that's a big part of it.

I play EVE for now and love it, but still looking for something that had me as absorbed as DAoC :P

Tue Dec 11 2007 7:24PM Report writes:
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