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Rebooting or Re-Imagining the Genre

Posted Dec 03, 2009 by Jon Wood

Rebooting or Re-Imagining the Genre's Jon Wood uses his column this week to talk about the idea of completely re-imagining the way that MMORPGs are constructed.

Jon Wood

It's difficult to argue that there isn't at least a little bit of stagnation in the MMO industry right now. There are a lot of theories as to why this might be. Some point to the growing trend toward item shop revenue models and the perceived greed of companies that makes these games. Others point at Blizzard's behemoth World of Warcraft as the source of all of the genre's woes, suggesting that because of its success all games that come after it are copies.

Whatever the specific reason, it is difficult to argue that the MMORPG genre isn't in some kind of decline. The last few years of releases haven't exactly lived up to their hype and scepticism about each and every game that is announced seems to climb as games move closer and closer to launch.

Read Rebooting or Re-Imagining the Genre.