Unpopular opinions: All of us have them. The truth is we have now so many who it’s a straight up meme. This week’s Massively Overthinking is one I’ve needed to do for some time since typically we’d like a break from discussing critical stuff.
I’ve requested our employees to summon their very own private prime 5 unpopular opinions about MMORPGs and the MMO business – stuff they genuinely, really consider however that isn’t extensively shared, so no trolls – simply scorching takes. I’ll be tremendous disillusioned in case you don’t put yours down within the feedback too. Dracarys.
Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): The Golden Age of MMOs is gone and by no means coming again. It’s helped generate tech to deal with on-line gaming a lot better and that’s principally the place we’re at now.
Most individuals don’t need a digital world, they only need a social grinder. Why do you assume RP servers have all the time been the minority?
Cellular gaming is a direct menace to PC gaming, and that threatens conventional MMOs.
Digital actuality nonetheless looks like it might profit the MMO style greater than most different genres as a result of it could possibly add particulars that so improve immersion into digital worlds. The issue is that it seems like even innovators like Nintendo can’t gamify it nicely sufficient, so organized VR RP chat rooms are one of the best we’ve obtained.
As a lot as we might herald their potential advantages, some individuals have to keep in mind that MMOs shouldn’t be a alternative on your actual life group. They can be utilized to reinforce relationships or create new, context delicate ones, however they’re half of a complete of our actuality.
That’s why we’d like extra MMO fan conventions!
Andy McAdams: *Casts Spell of Flame Resistance* Min/maxing a personality than speaking about how ‘leet you is the MMO equal of a belief fund child complaining about how exhausting they labored to get the place they’re in life. You give your self each attainable benefit then brag about the way you beat content material with all the very best the whole lot. Inform extra about how expert you’re?
In case you are enjoying a recreation simply to win, you’re doing it incorrect. Video games, like life, are all concerning the journey. In the event you solely care concerning the finish, you’re lacking all of the stuff that makes it a recreation.
Quick journey trivializes the dimensions of worlds and destroys immersion. The one means we’ve got to expertise how huge a world is thru the time it takes to journey between two factors. Quick journey ruins that and makes all over the place really feel tiny and cramped.
I feel Funcom is likely one of the greatest MMO studios making video games in the present day.
Pay-to-win as an idea is bullshit in MMOs. It’s a designation that folks throw on issues they don’t like in order that they have a skinny veneer of a purpose to say their dislike is goal as an alternative of only a matter of opinion. In actuality, every little thing in a cash-shop might be interpreted as pay-to-win by somebody. Depart alone the entire idea of profitable a recreation that objectively has no outlined win state .
Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, weblog): Previous-school devs had no concept why they have been profitable again within the day and don’t know the best way to recreate the magic now.
Asheron’s Name was a means higher online game than EverQuest.
Pure DPS is mind-numbingly boring and no MMO thus far has solved the issue.
Anyone who says he/she doesn’t play MMOs to play on-line dress-up is mendacity.
Star Wars Galaxies NGE has turn into a very nice MMO by the point it sundown.
Most MMO lore and storytelling is completely horrible, and the perfect MMO story in an MMO was some random unedited gem by a complete no one buried in a discussion board a few decade in the past.
Mists of Pandaria was WoW’s second-best enlargement by an entire helluva lot.
Endgame continues to be the worst factor that ever occurred to MMOs, however lockboxes – particularly, the predation and “race to the underside” they characterize and inculcate – are an in depth second.
Carlo Lacsina (@UltraMudkipEX): I don’t like FFXIV’s tales; it all the time performs it protected. Regardless of how “darkish” the story will get, it’ll backtrack into some sort of kumbaya second when everybody’s by some means forgiven and we now have a pleasant protected “reset.” If anybody’s watched the anime Murai-Nikki, it’s acquired an ideal plot however the ending is so dangerous as a result of it ends with a “reset.” I hate these sort of endings, and it makes going via FFXIV’s questline really feel pointless.
Money outlets are tremendous progressive, and I feel pay-to-win in good video games titles is well worth the cash. Full cease, I feel it’s tremendous handy that I can simply work an additional 30 minutes at my job and use that cash to earn a bonus in my favourite recreation. I need to emphasize good video games. I gained’t be dropping cash on one thing like Kritika: The White Knights as a result of it’s actually poorly designed, like many cellular titles. But when it’s a recreation like Black Desert On-line, then SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY.
I really like poisonous server chat! I really like how extremely poisonous it might get, how individuals speak about politics like clockwork, how easy questions can result in completely ridiculous tangents, the bizarre issues individuals say, the jokes and just about how everybody enjoying can learn it. I like how vigorous it’s and it simply could be a good break from the grind.
Genderlocking is ok. I do know MMOs are all about customizibility, however a developer’s inventive imaginative and prescient shouldn’t simply be restricted to the world and story they craft. In the event that they really feel that a sure class or race ought to simply be one gender for the sake of their inventive imaginative and prescient, then by all means! Go for it!
Quake Champions isn’t well-liked as a result of the sport’s too exhausting: Not sufficient individuals play this recreation, and I actually assume it’s as a result of the sport’s too arduous for many individuals!
Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, weblog): Whereas I’ll contend that characters created expressly for the aim can smother open social places, I nonetheless keep that ERP isn’t an terrible factor. Pun not solely meant.
By the way, open social places are necessary to group constructing. There’s a cause plenty of us wish to construct taverns with in-game housing.
With the ability to enhance a block stat for a tank class must be viable and rewarded. I don’t care about your PvP stability; let’s cease it with shields being an incremental stat booster and truly have them block stuff.
The one MMO that made mounts really feel like they have been greater than quick horse pants was Riders of Icarus.
TERA is unequalled in its motion fight mannequin and I want extra video games ripped it off.
I like Dauntless greater than Monster Hunter World solely as a result of it’s 1,000 occasions simpler to seek out individuals to play the sport with in Dauntless than it’s in MHW.
Colin Henry (@ChaosConstant): I’m unsure PvE and PvP even belong in the identical recreation, but when they’re in the identical recreation, they have to be balanced individually. These are two completely alternative ways of enjoying the sport. You’re by no means going to have the ability to stability courses and expertise for each.
Lockboxes are annoying at greatest and predatory at worst, however legislating them gained’t do any good. Corporations will simply discover discover methods round it and/or invent new (and doubtless worse) annoying, predatory issues to place of their video games.
Combo methods in MMOs are horrible. Combos are simply WoW-style rotations that a developer made for you, however even much less intuitive.
The subscription-only mannequin shouldn’t be inherently higher or worse than free-to-play or buy-to-play. All of it is determined by the sport and the choices the studio makes. That stated, the subscription-only mannequin lends itself to extra design issues.
World of Warcraft isn’t, and probably by no means has been, one of the best MMO available on the market. It was in the correct place on the proper time and it survives solely out of sheer momentum.
Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, weblog): The stigma towards ERP in on-line gaming is a basically immature standpoint borne out of a spot of worry and regressive philosophy, and results in extra predatory communities consequently.
Kickstarter is a horrible selection for MMO improvement, and the closest factor we’ve to a hit story, Star Citizen, is barely even shuffling towards one thing resembling a launch state whereas continuously creeping bigger in scope.
World of Warcraft was a tremendous recreation, however World of Warcraft fanboys (and earlier than them, EverQuest fanboys) have executed incalculable injury to the discourse surrounding on-line video games and their accessibility.
Individuals spend extra time looking for video games that really feel like house than making video games really feel like houses, which is the most important component that can’t be designed to be repaired.
There’s an excellent purpose loads of options individuals get nostalgic for (common open PvP, for instance) acquired faraway from video games as de rigeur parts.
If content material isn’t going to be seen by at the least 10% of the sport’s playerbase, it was wasted design time.
EVE On-line has made the environment round sandbox video games considerably nastier for no actual achieve.
Worrying vocally about “is that this recreation pay-to-win” is paying far too little consideration to what recreation design truly supplies incentives for, which is an entire lot extra necessary.
Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, weblog): Guild Wars 2 has overdone dragons to the purpose that it’s lastly erased any particular awe that these large creatures ought to have. The reply to every thing isn’t “extra dragons.” Typically a lot much less is extra.
Players who’ve burned out on specific MMORPGs turn into the worst sorts of hypocrites once they go from loving to hating on a recreation simply because they’ve had their fill. You had legitimate causes you as soon as beloved it, even for those who don’t achieve this now. Come clean with that.
Remaining Fantasy XIV does, in reality, have quite a few flaws, however you gained’t hear about them as a result of the group shouts down anybody who dares deliver them up and drive them to confront what they really know. All MMOs, even this one, have points, and also you don’t do that title any favors by ignoring them.
Talking of flawed, recreation creators are usually not deities free from criticism. I’ll like and recognize what they’ve accomplished up to now and current, however the cults of character which have sprung up round sure figures (and you understand who they’re) are genuinely disturbing.
I just like the free-to-play mannequin and contend that it’s introduced extra lifespan and a spotlight to titles that might have sunk in any other case.
Mia DeSanzo (@neschria): The subscription mannequin doesn’t assure you a greater group.
Whales pay to maintain your free recreation up and operating, so cease complaining concerning the cash they spend, even when it provides them a bonus.
Unique settings and tales are higher than ones constructed on widespread IPs.
The low degree gameplay expertise issues. I’m not going to slog by means of 40 ranges of crap and grinding to get to “the great half.”
Nostalgia is a liar. Lots of right now’s video games are fairly nice, and a number of previous video games stink.
I didn’t assume I might have 5. My scorching takes are typically lukewarm at greatest.
MJ Guthrie (@MJ_Guthrie, weblog): WoW just isn’t value a second of my time; it isn’t something particular. In truth it was damaging. The truth that it has reigned as the usual depresses me to no finish as a result of it stunted artistic recreation improvement for much too lengthy.
The Secret World fight was fairly good. Nice even. I had enjoyable with it (and even wrote a column about that!) I truthfully assume the most important drawback was the min/maxxers.
Stereotypical tavern RP sucks. It’s not roleplay as a lot as it’s storytelling. If you wish to simply sit down and inform a narrative to everybody, write a e-book. If you wish to play a recreation, play the sport and roleplay when you are doing that. One of the best roleplay is natural as you reside on the earth.
The sport isn’t yours. It doesn’t belong to you. Cease browbeating devs to make it cater solely to you, alongside everybody else who needs one thing totally different. The sport belongs to the devs and the studio. Allow them to make their imaginative and prescient. If it isn’t a monetary success, properly then it isn’t. If they need suggestions positive, however cease demanding modifications that finally destroy it for everybody. Why? As a result of a recreation can’t be all issues to all individuals; any recreation that tries simply destroys itself.
Endgame is the bane of MMOs. It’s just like the antithesis of what an MMO is. Reaching finish recreation sucks as a result of the sport is the journey. Additionally, I don’t give a womp rat’s behind about profitable. Significantly, there isn’t any “profitable” in MMOs.
Samon Kashani (@thesamkash): With the ability to full the very best mythic, epic tier raid doesn’t, by itself, imply you’re nice at enjoying your class.
There isn’t any distinction between somebody who spends 300 hours to get a legendary, elite weapon from somebody who spends $300 to purchase one.
Dueling ought to be a default function for all MMOs.
PvP gamers know their courses (and even different courses) in and out higher than gamers who keep away from PvP.
Casuals typically take pleasure in their recreation and help their recreation higher than the hardcore gamers.
Tyler Edwards: Oh, man, you needed to open this will of worms, didn’t you? Unpopular opinions are type of my inventory in commerce, however even when we’re limiting ourselves to MMORPG unpopular opinions, I’ve acquired some doozies. Dons flame resistance gear.
The Secret World had nice fight. Usually I attempt to respectful of different’s opinions, particularly because it pertains to subjective stuff, however on this case I’ll go as far as to say that in the event you assume the fight was dangerous, you’re simply flawed, full cease. The massive majority of the criticism I’ve seen is just not supported by the details. No, builder x5, double shoppers was not the one rotation. No, it didn’t take 30 seconds to a minute to kill a mob — not in the event you had an honest construct. I did a prolonged rant on this again when Legends was first introduced.
The furor round lootboxes is massively overblown. I don’t like them, and I don’t purchase them, however they’re finally fairly innocent. On the absolute worst, lootboxes are a minor annoyance that’s simply ignored. I’ve but to play a recreation the place the presence of lockboxes or different comparable mechanics considerably hampered my potential to take pleasure in myself. The considerations over “playing” appear to me to easily be puritanism run amok, and truthfully, I don’t see how that is totally different from video games that anticipate you to camp for uncommon spawns or kill the identical boss dozens of occasions to get what you need. Why can we see this predatory design as “the great previous days” and that predatory design as past the pale?
MMOs are so inherently unbalanced and crammed with unfair mechanics that there’s actually no hurt in letting individuals “pay to win.” On the finish of the day, it makes completely no distinction if somebody has higher gear than me as a result of they spent extra time grinding or as a result of they paid money for it. The error was believing that MMOs have been ever a degree enjoying area, or an correct check of talent.
A month-to-month subscription payment stays the greediest and most participant unfriendly enterprise mannequin round. Doesn’t matter what number of tons of of dollars you’ve sunk right into a recreation; in case you haven’t coughed up $15 within the final 30 days, say goodbye to your characters. It’s a mannequin that spits within the face of buyer loyalty. At the very least once I purchase one thing from a money store, it’s usually mine to maintain till the servers shut.
The gaming business is in an ideal place. We have now extra and higher video games than ever earlier than, and the present crop of builders and publishers deserve a great deal of respect for his or her arduous work and innovation.