Each year, ESPN columnist Matthew Berry writes an article called ?love/hate?. In this article he gives opinions on why he loves and hates certain football players that year. This idea although simple, can be applied to the video game world; so that?s exactly what I did. This series aims to break down what we Love and Hate about the MMO gaming world; including aspects like a game?s economy, chat methods, leveling capabilities, and overall player interaction.
In last week?s article, I covered the ups and downs of dealing with community chat in MMO gaming. The ease of communication can be wondrous, but the mass amount of players can often make it a hassle to deal with. Players may create the society you become part of in an MMORPG, but the developers create the ambiance.
Players begin their massive gaming experience leveling through early areas. Until being dedicated enough to reach higher levels and achieve faster means of travel, gamers are usually subject to repeated grinding in these same areas. When people have to keep returning to the same locations, they tend to become masters of their MMORPG landscape. Other times, players are so immersed in their gaming experience that they don?t notice the full extent of such brilliant environments until having to pass through them for non-battling purposes.
One of the biggest reasons I quit Final Fantasy XI was because of how long it took to get places, even with the use of a mount. It wasn?t even the fact that I had to travel far that killed me. It was the fact that I kept running into walls because I would look toward my television knowing I would never see anything new in the games early areas. Every experienced player will end up exhausting uses in low-level areas of their game, but it doesn?t hurt to give them innovative visuals.
What do you think about the importance of visual in an MMO game? What MMO aesthetics have kept you hooked? Which games have lost their appeal because of mandatory repeat experiences? This is the third area of MMO gaming that can be a breaking point for players involved. Check back with MMO Attack next week when I discuss the leveling options of both lone and group play.
Ten Of The Best MMORPG Songs Ever Heard
In many ways, an MMO is only as good as its music. Many of the best and most memorable moments in an MMO invariably have a song associated with them; a piece of music which brings the memories flooding back the moment it reaches one's ears. Today, I'd like to pay homage to some of those songs - and some of those moments. Here, for your listening pleasure (and in no particular order, I assure you) is a list of some of the best songs ever heard in an MMO.
Facebook's Purchase Of Oculus VR Isn't The End Of The World
For those of you who've been living under a rock, Facebook recently purchased Oculus VR to the tune of $2 billion. Understandably, backers and developers alike were rather unimpressed, calling it a betrayal. As for me? I've never been more excited.
Seven Of The Worst Things You Can Say In League
If you've played league, you've probably encountered at least one toxic player. If you haven't, there's a good chance that YOU are the toxic one. Don't believe me? Ask yourself if you've ever said any of the following...
Six Reasons You Should Be Playing Dark Souls II
I've been playing a lot of Dark Souls II lately - and you should be too. Say what you will about the game's flaws, it's still arguably one of the best action RPGs released in the past several years. If you're up for a bit of a challenge, it's well worth the buy. Don't believe me? Let's talk, then.
Eight Reasons The Elder Scrolls Online Will Be Awesome
As you're all no doubt aware, The Elder Scrolls Online - currently in open beta - will be launching in a few months or so. In light of both the new release date and all the hype surfacing around it, I've decided that, over the next two weeks, I'll be looking at all the reasons to look forward to it...and all the reasons we shouldn't.
League of Legends or DOTA 2?
The debate between Dota 2 and League of Legends has been raging almost since the two games were first released. But which game is REALLY the superior of the two?
City of Steam
City of Steam is a browser-based, steampunk Fantasy MMORPG by Mechanist Games
EverQuest Next: Landmark
EverQuest Next: Landmark is a sanbox MMORPG that is currently under development by Sony Online Entertainment.
EverQuest Next is a highly anticipated 3D MMORPG currently under development by Sony Online Entertainment.
Trove is a sandbox Fantasy MMORPG currently under development by Trion Worlds.