The Daily Grind: What untapped folklore would you like to see more of in MMOs?

    
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A week or two ago, I got a random PR in my inbox about Operencia: The Stolen Sun, a game we will probably never talk about on MassivelyOP since it is not an MMO or even multiplayer game. But it caught my eye because it explicitly promised “sprawling narrative which is steeped in the sweet tea of Hungarian mythology” and “an unconventional fantasy world inspired by a faraway land referenced in countless Central European folktales.”

This is damn rare in a world where all we seem to see are Vikings, Middle-earth ripoffs, Vikings with dragons, Wuxia clones, Vikings with snow, some weird generic feudal European Middle Ages, and more Vikings. I’m just so over the clones. This is one of the reasons I’ve been a fan of the Guild Wars franchise for such a long time: Both Guild Wars and Guild Wars 2 looked far afield for interesting cultures to splice together into something your eyes haven’t seen dozens of times before.

What untapped folklore would you like to see more of in MMOs?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!

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Cemalt

There is a serious lack of MMOs that focus on Middle Eastern/Persian mythology. Something like Prince of Persia, but into an MMORPG format. With gods like Ahriman and Ormazd and sands of time and whatever….

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahriman
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahura_Mazda

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Yaner

Not sure if this counts as folklore, but Lovecraft.

Can we just get a hardcore lovecraftian mmorpg? Secret World dabbled in it, but I want something more true to the works. A very unforgiving and brutal world with eldritch monsters.

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Nick Howell

I doubt it will ever happen, but I want to see a game based on the war between heaven and hell. The forces of Lucifer against the forces of Michael. Imagine being a rookie warrior angel enlisted in the fight, or a newly born demon tasting your first blood. There are some games that will attempt to use elements of Christian mythology, but do so in the vaguest way possible, so as not to commit to a single lore. I want an immersive and engaging experience dealing with this scenario. I want to see the dark choices Michael had to make, and feel the weight of Lucifers’ anguish and thirst for power.

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Tom De Laet

In an MMO? Greek, Roman and Celtic folklore done right. In general? Give some early Mesopotamian/middle Eastern folklore please.

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NeoWolf

I’d like some proper Irish folklore (Gaelic Celtic), we see single bits of it here and there lifted for use elsewhere like Leprechauns, Faeries, Banshee’s and the Dullahan (headless horseman) but rarely is it all presented in a unified context, but the folklore from which it is all lifted has many many great stories.

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Zero_1_Zerum

I second the motion for a game inspired by folklore originating somewhere in Africa.

I mean, there’s this whole huge continent which has many, many countries, and tons of different folklore, which hardly ever has anything based on it.

I don’t just mean Egypt, either. That’s a bit over done in pop culture. The Anansi stories are an untapped source.

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Castagere Shaikura

There is a podcast about African Folklore that’s really good.

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Castagere Shaikura

Africa never gets mentioned in gaming. That continent has some amazing folklore.

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camren_rooke

All stories are Anansi stories.

I would probably love such an MMO but it would suffer a similar minefield of cultural appropriation. So much so I doubt any dev would touch such a thing.

Also, I would recommend Binti by Nnedi Okorafor for African science fiction. It is a bit young adultish but at the same time very brutal.

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Random MMO fan

I don’t want any more of folklore about magic, elves, Vikings, samurai and anything that was used countless times in previous games. I want something more original – something like modern setting or futuristic setting.

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johnwillo

I’d like to see a Weird West, but it would definitely have to be a very alternative history. One where the plains peoples were able to utilize magic to maintain parity with European settlers, or even superiority to them. I realize that, even in this fairer world, the setting would lead to the kind of sick internet racism that seems to kill initiatives like this.

Failing this, I would like to see a world inspired by Japanese tradition and mythology in the same way that many MMO’s are inspired by European history and legend. Samurai, ronin, ninja, oni, et al.

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Danny Smith

Youkai. When i saw the mist cyclops things in Pandarias early zones i was hopeful but man i want a game thats full on Yomawari: Night Alone level abstract monsters or at least NioH level stuff in an mmo. Stormblood had a little but the far east stuff in that expansion was always a house cleaning secondary thing to Ala Mhigo.

That or Weird Western. I love the idea of taking the Wild West and making it supernatural or something. Malifaux gives me that on the tabletop, films like Bone Tomahawk or shows like Westworld do the job but in games its either dead on arrival stuff like Hunt: Showdown or forgotten gems like Wild Arms.

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