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Loading... DailyPerhaps one of the most interesting MMOG titles in recent history is A Tale in the Desert. It doesn't boast top-end graphics. It doesn't have a heart-pounding combat system. There are no dungeons to crawl though. So what makes it so interesting? The entire world has been completely shaped by its players.
eGenesis' free game is, by all definitions, a large scale social experiment. At various intervals the system administrator will introduce new elements into the world, and it's up to the players to decide how they'll respond. For instance, last year a strange man showed up in the land selling a special fertilizer. The players thought this to be a wonderful asset, so they soon began production of the fertilizer and spread it all across the land. Players were using it on all their property. Unbeknown to them the fertilizer eventually ruined the land. So, after a while, the once harvestable areas in which they grew their food could no longer produce anything, and they had to leave the area and find new fertile soil.
That's not all that stands out about this game. When I mentioned the world is shaped by its players, I also meant quite literally. When you start the game, you have nothing but the shirt on your back. So what can you do? Pick grass. Yes, that's right. You start the game by picking grass and gathering stones. You can also gather mud. You can then dry the grass and lay the mud and grass onto the stones to form bricks. You can then use the bricks to build other structures and tools which will help you build more tools and structures. For the past several years the entire world has been developed by the players of the game who have advanced their technology together, as a community. There are now towers and giant monuments across the land, as well as an aqueduct system that spans for miles upon miles.
The developers include player wishes as well. There are ways to create a petition. If enough players sign the petition, in game, it can become a bill, and a law. Democracy at its finest. The team isn't opposed to adding in new elements to the game as the players become more creative and their needs and world grow.
It's truly a fascinating game, even to watch as it develops. Every so often a new tale will start, so while retaining elements and story from the previous tale, the world becomes new and fresh all over again and it becomes anyone's guess as to where they will all end up. eGenesis announced that A Tale in the Desert 5 is about to begin, so there's no time like the present to check it out for yourself.
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F5, F5, F5! Another wave of Final Fantasy XIV beta invites has gone out. Did you get in? Pity you can't say so according to the non-disclosure agreement you would have had to digitally sign. But whether you did or you didn't get that elusive email, you can chat with others waiting for beta in our FFXIV forums.
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