The Daily Grind: Which MMO has surprised you with its existence?

    
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Last week’s news about Sphere 3: The Enchanted World’s open beta caught me by surprise. As I mentioned in that post, I thought that I had a pretty firm grasp on all of the MMOs currently available for playing, but I’d never heard of that one prior to a reader tip.

I don’t know that I’ll end up playing Sphere 3, but at least it’s on my radar at this point. What about you, MOP readers? Have you been surprised to learn the existence of an MMO? Which one? Did you end up playing it?

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MewmewGirl
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Armsbend

Janio2
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Janio2

Armsbend He probably made more in longtail of his books.   I see his books almost in every bookshop. Think we are also over do a rts or single player game. :)

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camelotcrusade No landmark is not a thing. The company is working on other games a zomby game that is out and EQN. Problem it EQN is probably not running well seeing landmark runs realy bad.

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Captain Electric Best TL;DR ever.

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I’ve been playing MMOs for a long time (fall, 1997), so it’s real hard to surprise me in terms of, like, “Oh my gosh I never would have expected that exists and is a thing.” Hasn’t happened in a while.
In fact I’m probably more surprised when a developer shows enough restraint to realize their amazing MMO concept would probably be better as a single player/co-op game, and possibly more financially viable and stable to boot. For example, did the Secret World really need to be massively multiplayer? Would it have been scarier without the throngs of microtransaction shoppers inspired by Burning Man? Hmmm. But hey, I get it, I went through that phase for years, “Ohmygoshwhyisn’teverygameanMMO?.”
I think what really surprises me more these days is when I see determination in a studio or fan base whose game had the odds stacked against it; or crazy fan love, like Star Citizen raking in $40 million after initially asking for $500,000 and some faith. Crowdfunding and early access campaigns continue to rack up horror stories, but for every Alex Fundora (The Stomping Land), there’s a Flavien Brebion and Keith Newton (Infinity: Battlescape), unwilling like their fans to give up on a dream.
I kept up with Infinity’s development for years, but eventually wrote it off as vaporware, believing I’ve got a pretty good nose for such things. I was wrong, and their progress is a genuine surprise.
But no one surprises me more in recent years than fans of abandoned MMOs, and what they sometimes go through to revive them. It’s refreshing to see that becoming less of a taboo subject, because the dedication and talent and project management that it takes to do it right is immense.
Some of these teams really are heroes (in the game development sense) to their fans. I never thought I’d see the Earth and Beyond Emulator finally smash through alpha and beta status to “Live” with regular content updates. And I was surprised when the Massively team reviewed the SWG Emu on their way out of AOL (cheeky bastards). And I continue to be surprised by Paragon Chat and its community, as well as the impact that community made on the industry with regard to post-shutdown concerns. Bigger publishers still avoid the topic like the plague, but more and more small and independent developers are addressing those concerns with fans at the outset.
TL;DR: Meow meow meow meow meow

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melissaheather Ark is great fun on private servers with friends.

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A Dad Supreme Ark is amazingly well put together, and the devs are adding stuff at an alarming rate.  It makes you wonder why others seem to struggle to do this kind of thing. I’ve never been a fan of “survival” games, but playing Ark with friends on a private server, hunting and taming dinos, building structures etc is great fun.
The good thing is the entire foundation of Ark could be used to make other games.  Change textures and models and bang, you have a completely alien world with working flight and land mechanics, crafting, swimming, day/night cycles.

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camelotcrusade Is Landmark still a thing?  I bought a founders pack ages ago and stopped following it because it seemed to have become disconnected with EQN.

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krieglich melissaheather That’s how I often feel when I think about LotRO; sad. It’s without a doubt the best MMO currently on the market, at least, that’s how I feel about it.

But every time I think about playing it I too notice my friends list with loads of people stuck at 50 or 60/65. As I lvl up I notice how everything is build around the wondrous deed system. At least, pre-Moria, before it loses it’s marvel. Once into Isengard, killing 300 of this, 300 of that to unlock a trait? Once into Rohan completing extremely tedious and very grindy on-rails quests to unlock 5 talent points? Add to it the fact that the account management is completely broken for so many people and not a thing is done or said about it.

I’m on my first LotRO break in years and I’ve a feeling it may just be the end of an era for me. I lost interest when Age of Conan came out. I lost interest when Skyrim came out. I always lost interest because of the appeal of another product, never out of frustration with my current. And that’s what’s changed this time. I don’t even care to see Minas Tirith anymore.

So yeah, long story short; I always feel sad when thinking about LotRO.

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A few months back, I found out about a few through surfing Reddit. These names are most likely wrong.  But, one is Neocron, from what I remember of the game, it reminded me of The Matrix meets what I thought Face of Mankind would be. It has housing, crafting  and a bunch of other cool things. Another, was Planeshift or something. It was an open source, kinda sandboxy game. It was weird as crap, though. A few of the character models were made out of nightmare fuel though. I went to get a quest from one and it had no face! I get wierded out pretty easily as you can tell.

They seemed to both have active communities so I was surprised that I’ve never heard of them before that day.