The Daily Grind: Would you play an underwater MMO?

    
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There are a lot of very well-established pop cultural ideas that haven’t seen much adaptation into the MMO space; we’ve never had a real western MMO, for example, and there are very few that qualify as “cyberpunk” in any serious fashion. But it occurred to me that there’s an obvious area ripe for exploration that we’ve seen nothing but snippets of in various games – heading underwater completely, into a world of strange sea life.

A few games have gone underwater for brief stretches, like in World of Warcraft‘s oft-reviled Vashj’ir, but we haven’t seen a full game set there. The funny thing is, there’s so much to be done with it – players could be exploring Earth’s oceans or those of an alien world, dealing not only with hazardous life but the natural struggle to survive in a space inhospitable to air-breathing races. There are so many directions to go with it, from building underwater habitats to surviving hostile conditions to simple exploration.

Of course, the lack of a whole lot of pop culture media to use as a basis doesn’t help matters, but I think there’s space for the idea to float on. What about you, dear reader? Would you play an underwater MMO?

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Estranged
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Estranged

Blame Arthas. :-)

Cyroselle
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Cyroselle

Estranged She just wants there to be a place in the world for her people!!!

and no one else.

Estranged
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Estranged

She is just misunderstood. :-)

Cyroselle
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Cyroselle

Estranged The undead zone was gorgeous!!! I did want to poison those orcs though, for dirtying the Dark Lady’s name.

Cyroselle
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Cyroselle

theKavorka What’s that poor giant squid doing in the wash?

Cyroselle
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Cyroselle

ManastuUtakata UryuuThe9th I’ll bite. I’m intrigued now. Cutest (potential) Lovecraftian anime character since Haiyore Nyaruko-san!
And yeah, I watched all 11 minutes 47 seconds of this, at one point I think I may have gone into a trance.

Cyroselle
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Xvim DugFromTheEarth I liked those weird edges as well, it totally sold it as a dream-type environment for me.

Cyroselle
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fangGWJ I rather liked Dark Sun, thanks for bringing that up!

Cyroselle
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Cyroselle

I’m probably one of those rare people that LOVED http://wow.gamepedia.com/Vashj’ir. I always felt so sad ending that story/quest arc, as it had a hasitly (un)finished feeling to it, and some pretty messed up pathing. True 3D movement would have benefited that environment strongly, like actually being able to turn freely on all axis and thus truly lose sight of the horizon. 
I think that would make a lot of people sick though.
I also love RIFT’s underwater areas, and the unique idea of being able to fall through the ocean, into another sky, and into another ocean, but again, that game also doesn’t have true 3D movement in its underwater environments, I’d like to be able to spin my character on say, the X axis and make the ocean floor my ‘sky’, and the mirrored surface of the water my ‘ground’.

ZenDadaist
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Crowbarring an underwater section into a game that wasn’t designed for it initially usually leads to terrible experiences. Building a game from the ground up set in a 3D water-based environment where there is still an up and down because gravity, however – now that would be interesting. I mean Eve Online physics are more submarine sim than spaceship sim and that’s fun ;)