Global Chat: Is MapleStory 2 too cute for its own britches? (Yes.)

    
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Maybe it’s the weird gaming lull that’s going on right now, but MapleStory 2 has picked up a good amount of press and player eyeballs (ew) as the newest MMORPG on the block. The verdict? It’s mixed, although Nexon’s adorable anime is generating more discussion than it otherwise would have in a more active market.

“It is worth checking out if cuteness isn’t a dealbreaker,” said The MMOist. Fellow blog Unidentifiable Signal Source agrees, but cautions: “I have some friends that will never play this based on aesthetic alone. They simply don’t tolerate the cute chibi type of thing.”

Endgame Variable said that he failed to find the title engaging for adults: “It appears to be a game for children. I don’t ever remember acting like a child even when I was a child, so to find that mindset of frivolity to enjoy this game is completely beyond me.”

Contains Moderate Peril: LOTRO — The state of the game

“After ten years Standing Stone Games realisation of Middle-earth still captures the essential essence of Tolkien’s work. The game engine is some what old now and the graphic are very much of the era that created the game, but the world reflects the source text and the stories regularly tap into the lore in both obvious and subtle ways.”

Malvatar: Double double toil and trouble

EverQuest II has no shortage of holiday events. I haven’t done the math, but saying there’s more days a year with an event active than days without one can’t be far from the truth. Most of them are great, too. Some of my favourites are Tinkerfest (not based on a real holiday) and of course Frostfell, which is themed around Christmas and the winter solstice. The one I’ve always been looking forward to the most is Nights of the Dead, the Halloween event.”

GamingSF: Catch-up mechanisms

“I imagine it is a real problem for MMORPG devs that players may try to come back and hit such a wall of missed progression that they simply give up and walk away again; I know I have in the past a few times in different games. So having this new catch-up mechanism in Neverwinter is very welcome indeed.”

MMO Bro: Exploration is the ultimate MMO design challenge

“At the end of the day, what the explorer seeks is new experiences. But that’s harder to achieve than you’d think. Once you’ve seen a dungeon, or done a quest, or taken screenshots from atop a beautiful vista, it’s not new anymore. Then it’s time to move on and find something else wondrous to discover. For this reason, a game that wants to provide satisfying exploration needs to have a lot of content. There needs to always be something new on the horizon.”

Occasional Hero: WoW really needs to work on its first impressions

“I don’t see a way in which this isn’t simply poor low-level class design. This is Blizzard for goodness sake! I thought they invented polish and accessibility in MMOs […] I can’t fathom, with all of the class revisions they’ve done over the years–after all is the post-Cataclysm revised leveling experience–that they haven’t made this better. Are they just trying to discourage alting by making the early game experience so bad you only want to do it once? I can’t imagine why a game would do this; alting makes for better players who stick around longer.”

Aywren Sojourner: FFXIV — Bard music performance in Eorzea

“Not all that long ago, FFXIV introduced a very rudimentary music system for Bards. Though the devs have expanded on this system, it remains quite limited (more on this later). However, where there’s a will, there’s a way. And the community keeps coming up with ways to take the tools their given to make awesome things from it.”

Every day there are tons of terrific, insightful, and unusual articles posted across the MMO gaming blogosphere — and every day, Justin reads as many as he can. Global Chat is a sampling of noteworthy essays, rants, and guides from the past few weeks of MMO discourse.
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kofteburger
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kofteburger

Huh? I play it because of its art style.

Vexia
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Vexia

I can’t find any sympathy for people who won’t even try Maplestory 2 because it’s “too cute.” You can enjoy your grimdark, gritty, and “realism” in plenty of other games. Meanwhile, MS2 looks like its visuals were handcrafted just for me.

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kalech

I think that being unable to appreciate something cute because it doesn’t fit into your Very Serious and Very Adult lifestyle sounds like a sad personality trait to have. If you’re so mature and adult, surely you can be a little bit more open-minded. I don’t love the Maplestory style either, but I certainly have no trouble understanding that other people might have preferences that differ from my own.

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Kesko

On the other side of the coin, many are playing it solely because they were attracted by the unique art style (like me).

Also, not to generalize all women, but there are a bigger percentage of girls streaming and playing the game than other MMO titles.

The only MMO where the art style repelled me was WoW.

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Jellozz

Not liking a game because of its art style is something I’ve never really been able to relate to honestly. There are plenty of games where I am not a fan of the art but am still able to enjoy the game. Actually it seems to happen a lot in the MMO/Online space for me. Most of the games I am playing right now I don’t care for the art, but the games are fun so I don’t really care.

Maplestory 2, specifically though, I am fairly neutral on. The cute chibi look has never been a big draw for me but I am also not opposed to it.

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Mike Minier

I normally hate the cutesy style crap. However, MapleStory was a fun game, and the sequel is just awesome as well. After hitting 60, dungeon grinding is a bit offputting, but no worse than it is on WoW or any other mmo really imo. I don’t like the 30 dungeons a week cap though. I understand they are changing it soon to 60 dungeons a week and that seems better. Still low though I think.

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Mewmew

“Endgame Variable said that he failed to find the title engaging for adults: “It appears to be a game for children. I don’t ever remember acting like a child even when I was a child, so to find that mindset of frivolity to enjoy this game is completely beyond me.””

Yeah, okay dude. Your games are all serious and you play them seriously. Sounds like a lot of fun.

The game is fine for adults. Maybe you grew up having to defend that you were gaming or something, I don’t know, but you have a strange mindset there. Games are supposed to be for fun and frivolity.

I get that you’re all “Hey I’m playing Army Man here, this is very serious.” – but that *is* very much still playing a game and your attitude is more child like than you are seeing.

We all enjoy different kinds of games, and there are games skewed more towards a younger audience – but there are plenty of adults that play games like this too and that’s okay. Your own games are just as frivilous in the end, aren’t they? Or are the games you play somehow doing something noteworthy and productive with your time?

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sizer99

There’s a huge market for too cute. Most F2P mobile games have a particularly terrible kind of 3D CG saccharine style, like bejazzlers or pictures of crying children with giant eyes, but they’re very popular and people who think covering their phone in Swarovski crystals makes it classy love it. Then there’s the whole toy category of things like My Little Pony where everything oozes sugary cuteness.

Basically, the style will turn some people off, but a lot of people love it.

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Alex Js.

I like the actual cute characters, which, for example, you can create in games like FFXIV, but MapleStory 2 is not that kind of “cute”, or any kind of it. It’s more of “childish cartoon”- kind of game, which is why many people dislike it (including myself).

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Hikari Kenzaki

You’re certainly not alone in that.

On the flipside, I’m okay with a game like this that is super cute, but in games where there is that one (or two) super cute child-like race, there is a higher likelihood that I won’t play the game. It’s not the only thing I consider, but it often tips the scale.

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Darthbawl

Server stability is my only real beef right now. Lots of disco’ing and a few that happened while boss fighting. Lots of people having this issue. The 10053 error.