The MMO Graveyard - Page 3

Posted Wed, Oct 30, 2013 by Sardu

The Sims Online

To be honest, I'm surprised that The Sims Online lasted as long as it did. The scant few people I knew that actually played it largely only did so out of that human tendency to want to watch train wrecks happen. At the time, it was basically the Cyber Central Station of online gaming, a crown ultimately held by Second Life thanks in no small part to the plethora of available penis attachments and furries running rampant.

Tabula Rasa

If nothing else, Tabula Rasa is responsible for sending random gamer DNA into space. Imagine what a repopulated Earth full of TR fan clones will look like 100 years from now. You know it's totally going to happen, too.

Creepy nerd rage armies of the future aside, TR can largely be credited as the first MMO to introduce what eventually became known as Public Quests in Warhammer Online, or the Dynamic Event system in GW2. Even if the rest of the game felt a bit too unpolished and lacked any true depth, the outpost invasions were a total blast whether you were defending or attacking. This same system also helped spawn the era of dungeon tokens as a currency to purchase gear upgrades, also largely uncredited much like Public Quests.

Another, less upbeat distinction is that TR is one of three NCsoft titles currently residing in The MMO Graveyard. There are even more if you count such glorious titles as Exteel. TR also cost NCsoft one ticket into outer space thanks to General British deciding the company should have spent more on marketing a game with his name in the title.

Ehm ...SWG..???

You're absolutely right; SWG was intended to be on the list, but for some reason I managed to skip a page prior to publishing. Working on getting it added back in now!

WHO? Or is it "too soon?"

One publisher, NCsoft, represents fully one third of this list. As a former City of Heroes fan and player who spent a lot of time and money on that game, I won't be wasting any more money on their games. On the one hand, it's nice to reminisce about games from years past. On the other, it's really shameful when a company shuts down a game in a genre that, unlike most games, demands (or at least induces) repeated investment in the game to keep playing, and whose customers' hard work and investment are destroyed with the flip of a switch.

And for one publisher in the industry to so disproportionately represent the mantle of MMO Killer... well, it just seems like pretty bad business decisions to me to keep shutting down games and kicking communities to the curb.

I can't wait for City of Titans to get underway. I'm really hoping that it will change how the industry views its customers and how games are made.

I think Motor City Online should be on here. While not a MMORPG it was still a MMO. Always wanted to play it, but since MMOs at that time were still a fairly new concept, my father was afraid of hackers stealing his credit card info so he wouldn't let me play it(I was a kid when it came out).

I did not play most of these games, but I did play and love CoH from 2004 until it closed. I am not one of those screaming cheerleader fanbois though; it is apparent why CoH closed to me and many others who have moved on from CoH. Do I miss CoH - Absolutely!! I do however understand that fiscally speaking it was time for CoH to close down. Sure the closing could have been handled much better, but truth be told even if it had a "proper" sun-setting...there would still be those rabid anti-NCSoft people out there. Most people who played CoH are not boycotting NCSoft; all of my SG and most people from the global channels I knew moved on to GW2. As for the future...and City of Titans...I held off on the KS for that one...I'll believe it when I see it.

Perhaps all of your friends moved to GW2 with you, but not one person in the two SGs I was in, is anywhere near an NCSoft game. Nor are any of my CoX casual acquaintances in any NCSoft game. Perhaps that makes me a "rabid anti-NCSoft person" or maybe it just means "once bitten, a million times shy." Or maybe it means I don't like having almost seven years worth of work and financial expenditure obliterated on someone else's whim. If you are comfortable trusting NCSoft to handle your gaming future with care and respect, well... that's your right. I don't kid myself as to their true motivations, which have nothing to do with serving their loyal customers and everything to do with showing you who's really the boss. Hint, it aint you.

Caveat emptor! Meanwhile I actually did donate to the City of Titans kickstarter. I like to give money to a less bloodthirsty overlord, that's just me. Meanwhile you and your pals enjoy shank's-mare all over GW2. I prefer to wait until I can fly again.

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