I’m really getting a kick out of reading all the reviews for Warhammer Online. People hate it, people love it. It’s funny. There has not been any real significant change in the MMO industry since Day 1 and yet still people expect each game to be the one to change it all. These are games. If they are fun, play them. If not, don’t. Why get your panties in a bunch because there is a new game available? Check it out if you want.
If you like PvP in space, check out EVE Online.
If you like stylistic PvE in a fantasy setting, check out World of Warcraft.
If you like Tolkien’s world, check out Lord of the Rings Online.
If you like D&D, check out Dungeons & Dragons Online.
If you like sci-fi, check out Tabula Rasa or Anarchy Online.
If you like realistic looking fantasy, check out Vanguard or Everquest 2.
If you like Star Wars, check out Star Wars: Galaxies.
If you like Conan, check out Age of Conan.
If you like fighting with and against other people, check out Dark Age of Camelot or Warhammer Online.
I could go on and on. Options are good.
I used to be a lot more jaded about MMOs, which lead to me creating this site. I posted a lot, I complained and pushed and urged the game developers to try something new. Along the way I sort of forgot what it really is about these games that I love so much. It is the ability to disappear into a different world, go on crazy adventures, and meet new people. If you can make a game where I can do that, it’s a success.
Thinking back, I can honestly say I never hated any of the MMOs I played. The ones that I played for a long time (Asheron’s Call, Asheron’s Call 2, Anarchy Online, World of Warcraft), those were the games where I was in with a great group of friends. Really, that is what makes these games fun. The ones I quit, are the ones that I just did not connect with the right group of people.
Over the past year, I have rediscovered the things I loved about these games, and I have found I am playing them more and having fun – but posting here less and less. Strange thing that. I have learned how to have fun again. I stopped looking at game mechanics, because they really weren’t important to me. It’s standing side by side with a group of friends, telling jokes or heading into a dungeon. Things that you laugh about even years later. That is why I play MMOs.