Procrastination Amplification: Punditry on MMOs and games in general.

There Goes my Head Start

So I preordered Aion, collector’s edition even, and yesterday was the head start for preorders. According to past experience I should have spent the night without sleep and should be level 20 by now or something. Well, I haven’t even touched it yet and I likely won’t for a while.

Now, one reason is that I have a major deadline on October the 1st and I can’t afford much play time. I’m still playing though, and it’s not Aion. So what am I playing that is so much more exciting than a new MMO? Not a lot really. I’m still raiding Coliseum hardmodes, but I can’t say I’m overly fussed about it. I’m not one to leave the guild hanging whenever I try a new MMO, but I usually regret raiding when I could instead play that MMO. Not so with Aion.
I’ve also played a bit in the League of Legends beta, and it isn’t bad. But it ain’t no MMO. I’m somewhat bored in the games I am playing, I have a shiny new collectors edition and a head start in an MMO that actually doesn’t seem terrible – and I still can’t be bothered to even log on.

Tobold wrote that the MMO market might be saturated, as indicated by the lack of hype. I couldn’t care less for the hype and I really want a new, good MMO.
No, the market isn’t saturated for me – it is in fact very open. There are two reasons as to why I don’t really care for Aion at the moment. For one, There’s nothing spectacularly new about it that I must go see now. I’ve seen the purdy graphics and I would like to see the PvPvE endgame at some point, but it’s not shiny enough to draw me in.

The second reason is the main one. I’ve started many MMOs before, but I never stayed in one that I didn’t join with friends. I’m not an incredibly social person and I therefore tend to stay solo in an MMO if I don’t already have some friends with me. Sure, I’ll group if needed and I might even join a guild. Effectively I’ll stay alone though. Why is this? Why would I value people so much that not having them around makes the game less fun while at the same time not wanting to play with others?

It’s the community, stupid! Maybe it is. Maybe I just dislike your general gamer kid so much that I don’t want the risk of having to deal with them. Maybe the horrible, horrible attitude of the League of Legends players (note: just play and ignore the chat) puts me off of wanting to get to know other players. I know there are great ones around (like all my readers!), but the terrible ones scare me away.

Why is it that we allow all those, for lack of a better word, idiots to ruin our gaming? Nobody does it in real life, but on the internets with anonymity everybody becomes an “OMG I pwnzor u n00b!”

Anyway, do you have similar feelings? Can you, like me just not be bothered to try something new alone? Do you have an idea how to fight or at least escape the repercussions of John Gabriel’s Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory?

UPDATE: Larísa, who incidentally plays on my server, has also posted a response to Tobold’s article. It has content, wit, and a red line – you know, all that stuff that my post is missing.
The comments on there also lead me to this post by Spooner on Aion vs. WoW, and WoW fanboys praising WoW come hell or high water. He is really mostly right, except for the last paragraph. “Aion feels like WoW used to.” he says. No, it doesn’t.

  • The days I got excited by new MMOs are over. For me it isn't the lack of friends, because there are always 2-3 trying them out with me but the mentioned lack of creativity – or in many cases lack of quality.
    It's just mostly a waste of time and money to have a high interest in new MMOs and even play them from start or in beta (except to test them out).

    I joined an early Vanguard fansite and even got access to the closed beta – I was hyping it like mad, writing wiki articles etc.. but in the end? The game sucked. Why did it suck? Not because the developers didnt have any imagination, but they didnt have time.
    Warhammer Online? The same – while I had fun with it, it clearly lacked QA.

    Even further back. Everquest 2 – the competitor when WoW was launched. Oh boy that game had a horrible launch..

    So to keep the frustration and waste of time down I make it a policy to not anticipate any new MMO, but wait until it's launched and here from people after the free month.
    If it isn't good.. wait a year or two. The aforementioned Everquest 2 for example is really good meanwhile and I enjoyed playing it for a year in 2008, when most bugs, flaws, etc.. had been fixed.

    Of course much of this has also to do with the market-saturation. I wouldn't really call it a saturation of the MMO market, but of the EQ-style-MMO market. Meaning fantasy, levelsystem, tank/healer/dps roles, etc..
    Now I enjoy that kind of game – but heck.. why would I leave WoW which just is the most flawless and enjoyable (imo!) MMO for another MMO which is basically the same as WoW with other names and graphics but the same Level-to-maxlvl-do-some-dungeons-go-raid-defeat-bosses-loot-next-raid-etc.. routine all over again?

    I mean there ARE some competitors that aim at that niche WoW leaves.
    Say EVE (sci-fi, sandbox, no levels, good pvp, etc..) or Tabula Rasa (sci-fi, shooter-like,..) but all in all 90% of the products target the WoW sector.
    Sadly today I don't trust any company except Blizzard, Bioware (which remains to be seen) and SOE (when you play the games 1-2yrs after release) to hold up any kind of quality or long-time support to actually make a creative and unique MMO.

    Now Bioware's Star Wars MMO will most likely be the same stuff we all have seen in the last 10yrs.. this time with Jedis and Dworfvader instead of Lehgohlas but essentially nothing unique.

    The new Blizzard MMO has yet to be announced, but quotes like "aimed for a bigger audience than WoW" doesn't make me hope for a niche-product.

    I would really like to see one though, because WoW is having some serious problems (http://graymatterwow.blogspot.com/2009/09/september-blues.html) and I would love to have a PvP part that's more enjoyable for me. In the absence of one I'm fine with WoW for the moment, however.
    But I cant't really be arsed to level again in ANY MMO if I don't know I'm gonna play it for a looong time, because frankly.. levelling has gotten tiresome, tedious and mostly unenjoyable. WTB new (or old) idea.

  • Thats not a comment, its a blogpost! 😛 Melth, ever thought about starting up your own blog? I wouldnt mind reading your stuff, its a good read! 🙂 But seriously, Scrusi, the MMO market is so recycled, its awful. I just canceled my WoW subscription (Gasp!) and you know what? I got bored of it. Totally bored out of my mind. Ive been playing on and off for 3 years, and I sometimes wonder wether I could have spent my time doing something more worthwhile. If you dont join the community, it dwindles your enthusisim in the product, but WoW's community is so tightknit and elitist, its almost nigh impossible for new players to join in with chats and such in places like the forums. So Scrusi, if you ever find a new MMO thats upcoming and is totally new, give me an email, but seriously, its like finding the holy grail. 😛

    -Jet

  • WoW, thanks for the long post – and sorry again for the hassle with the character limit 😉
    The issue I have with waiting for a game to mature before playing it is that you need early adopters to make the game any good at all. Yes, it might be a good individual decision to wait – but if many of us do it we'll never get a good replacement. Also, if the wrong people are early-adopting they shape the game to their image – making it crap.

    I played Tabula Rasa on launch but stopped (due to no friends in it. ^^) I think it could have been a decent game if the right (and enough) people had adopted it.

    As for Biowares TOR – it looks nothing like WoW. Actually I'm rather afraid it won't be a real MMO but rather KotOR online. On second thoughts, that might still be awesome .

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  • Note to self: don't compose answers line by line in between wipes or you will people who post in between 😉

    As for being bored with WoW – I've been there, taken long breaks, and always came back simply because I miss the interaction with likeminded people.

    If I find the perfect MMO – no actually if I find any seriously better MMO – I will be sure to let everyone know. I'm pretty sure Aion won't be it.

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