For anyone that's passionate about a hobby or activity, speculating about its future is just a natural part of being a fan. There has been a lot of discussion this year about which intellectual properties would have the makings of a top contender for the belt in todays online game market. In this weeks Forever Fantasy column, Dalmarus steps up to argue why his choice is the granddaddy of them all.
Players and industry insiders alike are always talking about how an MMOG has to have a fully realized setting to be a success. It has to have a sense of history, solid lore, and unless you want to count on hitting a miraculous fluke by creating an original world, you'd also better be sure the IP youre using has an impressive following. If you take all these things into consideration you'd be hard pressed to find a more popular setting for a game than the Forgotten Realms.
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