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MMOWTF: From Sandbox to Linear and back

Posted Jun 22, 2007 by Jon Wood

MMOWTF: From Sandbox to Linear and back

Weekly columnist Dan Fortier talks about getting a balanced diet of both freeform sandbox-style games and linear progression games.

This week's topic was inspired by a gamer associate of mine and his trek between games with two vastly different play styles: Eve Online and World of Warcraft. It brought to mind all the times I was completely fixated on a game, yet still found myself wanting to play something completely different from time to time to break out of the mould and experience something completely different. Just like having something sweet after you've just eaten a bunch of pretzels makes it taste even better, playing a game with a polar opposite play style, can give you a better appreciation for a game which you've become bored with.

Even the most hardcore among us need a release valve of sorts to avoid getting burnt out. In this case, my friend (We'll call him Harold), was a major player in a rather large Alliance in Eve for over two years. His experience with other MMOs was limited since he was not interested in playing a game with grind and tedious time-sinks. Several others in the circle of people we all know play WoW across a wide variety of servers and we all share our different stories in all the different games we play. Harold decided that he should branch out and try something different while keeping his account on cruise control. He is enjoying his MMO vacation in Azaroth as we speak for a few key reasons:

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