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Editorial: Dr. Stalegame

Posted Feb 02, 2006 by Dana Massey

Editorial: Dr. Stalegame

Frank Mignone contributes an article today where he looks at the development of MMORPG genre and how he thinks it might be taking a chunk out of single-player gaming in general.

 
Just over eight years later, the MMORPG has come into its own. I think there may be more servers in ‘World of WarCraft’ than there are playable MMOs on the market today. EverQuest II’s graphics are nothing short of stunning. While the gameplay is still fundamentally ‘kill, level, rinse, repeat’ (it’s always been community that drives the MMO more than gameplay) the graphical shortcomings of their forbears are being overcome. As a result, the popularity of the genre is taking off. Even as I write this article for a website dedicated to the MMORPG genre, I wonder how many of us who haunt this place, looking for the next MMORPG to fill our need, notice the dust piling up on our PS2s, Xboxs, and Nintendos. PC games with solid gameplay sit on shelves in stores, not selling. Our old favorite games line our cabinets, no longer in use.

 

You can read his full article here.

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