The Daily Grind: Do you still get excited about upcoming MMORPGs?

    
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It was the late aughts. My husband and I had scraped together money to fly to London for a meet-up with our Europe-based guildies. I remember we walked through Chinatown one night and stopped at a teahouse. Eight or so of us sat around this big round table eating and drinking tea. I even remember what sweater I had on. And we chatted about our hopes and dreams for… wait for it… Star Wars: The Old Republic.

See, we were a very old guild even then, but a lot of our bonding had happened during Star Wars Galaxies, far from our first game together but definitely one of the best. Star Wars is one of the things that drew us together, and the excitement that BioWare (!) was making a new (!!) Star Wars (!!!) MMORPG (!!!!) was just something we were bubbling over about.

I won’t say I never get excited like that over MMOs anymore, but it’s rare – mostly, I am just filled with anxiety over them. How about you – do you still get excited about upcoming MMORPGs?

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exohuman

Mmo games are the future, but the way they are evolving is a dead end. F2P is not the way to go. Ads everywhere is not the way to go. Games that play by themselves is not the way to go. I think the VR and handheld space is an area in which a really good mmo can gain traction, but the crap being churned out currently is not.

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DL M

The MMO market is in its infancy still. It’s the future of gaming. Devs simply need to quit releasing garbage, and quit trying to reinvent everything that works on the current market.

We’ll have sandbox after sandbox release and tank this year. Bottom line is it’s a simple deal:

1. Descending into danger with friends to overcome odds.
2. Getting loot.
3. Tell a story.
4. Steal what other games are doing that works.

WoW stole a lot from EQ. They didn’t try to ignore the things that were good. What they didn’t keep were the wrong things. And guess what? Yeah the market was way bigger than anyone realized.

Those same rules still apply.

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MurderHobo

It was Vegas for our EQ guild. Early spring, early aughts. We had a guy in low places, so we’d block a wing of suites in some crusty Freemont Street relic and spend the weekend geeking and drinking and… lots of Vegas stuff. Not a few marriages and divorces came out of those once-a-year events.

I remember the first meetup. After struggling through Kunark we’d come together in Velious and everybody was sharp and excited. We got a team pic with our ‘pet’ server GM, and I got free drinks all weekend for being the best cleric ever.

I’m older now. I don’t really want to get stinky-Vegas-hotel excited about anything nowadays, but I’m still just as giddy about the future of MMOs. So much is happening, and I’m still finding the best peeps to share it with, everywhere I go.

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Rolan Storm

“!-!!-!!!-!!!!”

Yeah… :D :D :D In retrospect it was exceptionally naive to expect something good out of it, right?

Yeah. Guess I am if news are unusual. I can let go and let myself be naive. And after a few days back to my own devices. Like that Dune situation. Everything that surfaced does not mean a thing, however excited and hopeful I was the first day.

We can always get a disastrous nothing game. Any day, any time.

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Mordyjuice

Not really, I’m actually bored with my current set up; I’m debating reinstalling GW2 (but I know that Sniper Boss in Episode 4 of Season 4 will just send me into a fit of hysterical rage). Too poor to restart WoW atm, man I must be bored for contemplating that one.

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Mewmew

I used to get excited, but once the market became over-saturated and I saw so many let downs, I pretty much curb my enthusiasm for future releases now. I feel like I’ve seen and played most variations and pretty much every new thing we see is some re-hash of a game we’ve already seen and played. I’m more into lore and story in the games now than much else, I like to get my stories through interactive entertainment rather than just watching.

I still prefer to play MMORPGs when possible just because they keep going and lasting so much longer when they do work out. They keep expanding and getting new stories etc, it feels like I’m putting my time into something that maybe will get to continue on later, where a single player game is a short amount of time and done.

I could be excited again, I reserve the right to be excited again, I just have to see something that really appeals to me which I haven’t seen in some time. Really I’m more excited when they add a new episode to an old game I’ve already been playing than when I hear of new games being announced.

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XK

Not really… but it’s also been quite a while since I saw an MMO that catered to my tastes… non-PVP, non-action combat, non F2P/P2W, etc. Looking forward to trying Pantheon and the CoX successors.

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tiltowait

Yes. I’ve been playing mmos since before UO, and I still get excited! Though I kind of wish games still in alpha would keep quiet, closed beta/open beta is the right time for me to get interested.

The hype has a reverse effect when it’s too early and too vague. Best system I’ve seen in ANY mmo for generating player-driven content is Archeage’s trade-pack system. Yet developers seem reluctant to copy this, instead giving us a dozen gankbox games a year with only cosmetic gameplay changes. But when asked, Conquest Online has ‘caravans’. Crowfall will have caravans. Ashes of Creation will have caravans. But do I believe it? Not really.

So, I can and will get hyped when something fun and interesting is fully explained. But not over graphics/classes/world pics/pets/mounts/flying/generic PVP and generic dungeons.

It’s eurogames vs candyland/monopoly. Hard to get excited over another NewMonopolyTheme! mmo.

oldandgrumpy
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oldandgrumpy

No

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NeoWolf

I do, but there has definitely been quite a while in the MMO genre since I’ve seen something that has given me those sweet butterflies in the stomach of excitement. It will happen eventually (hopefully) but for now the wait continues..