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Column: Why Not A Comedy MMO?

Posted Jun 25, 2009 by Dana Massey

Column: Why Not A Comedy MMO?

In this week's edition of "Dana Massey Asks Why Not?" he explains why MMOs are the perfect place games to get into the funny.

With comedy comes liberty. What wouldn’t work in a regular game is open season in a game that is totally hell bent on amusing players.

Cities in most MMOs are boring places. Buy stuff, talk to a buddy, visit the auction house and see your frame rate drop. That’s the city experience of every MMO.

They’re there because real worlds have cities, thus our pixilated ones must too.

In a comedy MMO, new doors are opened. Grand Theft Four Horse Carriage, anyone? I’d love to see high speed cart jacking for all to enjoy as people run amuck in the downtown of a medieval city. We know the dynamic of Grand Theft Auto style chaos is fun, especially in limited bursts. So the mechanics work, but no serious MMO could ever try it. In a world of comedy, it would be fair game.

Read it all here.


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