MMO’s.. Playing the Consol way

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  1. Tipa says:

    I’ll still be playing EQ2 in a year!

    What you’re describing is “first MMO” syndrome, and if you think it’s bad now, wait until a million WAR players start reminiscing about the good old days of World of Warcraft. No MMO can ever approach the first one you really enjoyed. I hear it about EQ1, SW:G, UO, Asheron’s Call, and yes, even WoW (go to LotRO for that).

    For me, like you, it was EQ1, and I remember camping the ghoul assassin for my mask of deception as well. In fact, I was WAY below the level to be there — I think I was in my low 20s — and sneaking down there with all those see-invis mobs was terrifying. You had to be both sneaking and swimming, and you just BARELY had enough breath to make it. I waited at the spider and skellie camp (and the people there let me into their group, even though I was so low!) until it dropped for another group and they offered it to the zone. Days of memorizing the map off EQAtlas paid off; I found the place and got my mask.

    See? We all have stories of our first MMO. None come to mind about WoW, but that was far from the first, and the warm spot in my heart had been taken five years before.

    Everyone hates change, but, it’s the one sure thing about life.

  2. Openedge1 says:

    Great article…
    And I am afraid…correct.

    It seems that the original play style maybe is what is causing the change. As well, the “casual” gamer has helped garner a “love it and leave it” attitude towards games.

    First, the original MMO style of ” grind, ding, grind some more, craft, raid…etc..” may be getting to the point of “I have already played this” when trying something new. This is happening for me as I work on my Vanguard challenge. It may just be that the starting area’s are not well done. Maybe I have become jaded by finally finding a game that seems to play the way I like (EQ2), and it already has the features I want, and Vanguard is giving me nothing new…

    Second is the “casual” side. A lot of MMO gamers are getting up there in age (except for other titles…whose name we will not mention …(“(But WoW is it colorful…)”) and maybe do not have the time to dedicate to the “3 day” camp. I know if I have camped something for more than an hour, I will either quit the quest and delete it, or give up, and try again hoping the spawn is there….and if not…THEN delete it.!
    Family, work and wanting to see the sun on a regular basis does not lend itself well to a hardcore game.

    Now, put this in the perspective of the new games…we have

    Quick play time – (WAR and their public quests system, AoC and City loafing with bar brawls and quick PvP )
    New play styles (AoC and the combat system, city building, WAR and…hmmm…what is exactly new in WAR?)
    And has some old memories to fall on (WAR and it’s DAoC , WoW feel)

    Now…as for community you mentioned…I have been talking up the games with my guild members, and the consensus is we wish to try them each out and see if one will be a keeper for us…
    But, I know this much…I like what I have, and I always can go back…but, we are also ready for the shiny and new!