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Posted: May 12th 2009 8:23AM (Unverified) said

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Eh, I type too much to use a console. And then if I were to buy a keyboard and mouse for a console game, well then I've wasted money on that stuff for ONE game.

So I stick with PC. People can type to me and I can type to them.

Posted: May 12th 2009 8:25AM koehler83 said

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Both. I always map a controller where available. I like a good analog stick for movement. WASD annoys me. (Maybe if it was ESDF instead, I wouldn't mind it as much. My index finger naturally returns to F on the home row.)

My favorite MMO is FFXI. I prefer it on PC, but have played plenty of PS2 (and PS3 via BC). I would like to see more PC/Console blending MMOs like it.

Posted: May 12th 2009 8:49AM (Unverified) said

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Well since i have both a PC and PS3 i guess it's, which one performs better.

It acturally might be comfortable grinding stuff while sitting on your sofa and lounging around, but when it comes to around 100+ people on one screen at one time... my poor old computer can't take it >.

Posted: May 12th 2009 9:06AM BadPanda said

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As long as a MMO is desinged to be played on a control pad I wouldnt have a problem playing them on a console. But games like Lotro WOW EQ Guild Wars ect I cant see them coming to the console market in there current format.

Im really looking forward to DCUO, Free Realms, Champions and the Agency to see what they will be like to play on a console. It will also be interesting to see what AoC does with there control system if and when it comes to the 360.

Posted: May 12th 2009 9:07AM BadPanda said

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For Christ sake agian FFS I am not URALLNERDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11!!!!!1 Massively you need to sort out your sodding data base.

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Posted: May 12th 2009 9:32AM (Unverified) said

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Whichever it is, it probably won't be the 360. Microsoft seems actively hostile towards MMOs on their box... the interactions with Live seem to be brutal. Not from a technical end, from a business model/business entity end.

Posted: May 12th 2009 10:17AM (Unverified) said

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PC... just like FPSs the PC does them better.

Posted: May 12th 2009 10:32AM Wouldzey said

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I think MMOs are far too suited to PCs for them to one day die out. It's not just about being able to use mouse and keyboard either. The PC as a system is designed perfectly with the MMO in mind with its easy internet access, precise yet easy control schemes and most importantly choice of tools and software to compliment MMOs.

If you want to use voice systems you can choose which one you want and dont have to be actually playing a specific game in order to use the service helping guilds and friends. You can easily alt-tab between internet browser and game when you are taking a break or needing some info. You can download addons easily with most games that support them. You can choose your own control method and controller from a wide range of devices.

If MMOs one day went console only then i think the vast majority of players would still feel they need to use their PC for other out of game services. An MMO on a console is a good idea for more casual players who either dont want to purchase a new PC or dont want to worry about anything but the game they are playing. However the PC has just too much going for it. They are great at multitasking, more often than not where most of the users music is stored to play if they want, PCs are where most people's primary internet browser is based and ultimately offers far more freedom in activity than a console does.

I'd hate for MMOs to move from an open PC format to a closed console format where there is limited choice, less competition and drastically less freedom.

Posted: May 12th 2009 10:44AM Lateris said

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I can use a keyboard on my PS3 as well as a mouse. I can also switch out the hard drive for a larger hard drive. I can back up my PS3 OS to a thumb drive. And from what I understand that drive is a laptop drive. It feels more like a PC. If LOTRO, Eve, or even TOR would go to the PS3 I would play it on my console. My only concern is keeping the console airflow towards a higher standard than what they now have to keep it nice and cool. But over all my PC and Mac are far superior with game play. Yet I do see the console eventually hitting the MMORPG market as a standalone day. I just don’t want a dumbed down version of an MMORPG On a console.

Posted: May 12th 2009 11:04AM Flicktion said

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If it would work I'd love to play on a console, much more comfortable.

Posted: May 12th 2009 11:17AM (Unverified) said

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PC all the way. Console controllers don't bug me at all - I have several for my PC too, it's just that PC gaming is superior in almost every category.

Posted: May 12th 2009 11:38AM Kaio said

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It is much more comfortable to play on a console and for me the graphics would be much more superior on my TV rather than my PC. Using a keyboard is no problem with my the PS3 since I have one for it already for PS Home.

Posted: May 12th 2009 12:34PM (Unverified) said

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I use a PC but I'd like to switch to console. Unfortunately, there aren't very many titles worth the extra expense of a usb keyboard or headset for my console.


Ahem...developers, get on that!

Posted: May 12th 2009 1:04PM dogmaticatheist said

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Console for me due to carpal tunnel syndrome. :(

Posted: May 12th 2009 2:09PM (Unverified) said

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For me it has more to do with the fact that my friends all have consoles, not to mention my pc is hopelessly out of date :(

Posted: May 12th 2009 2:15PM (Unverified) said

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I have a Wii and I'm not even considering the thought of playing MMO's on it. Multiplayer Mariokart is Good enough for me.
On a seperate note. two 27" screens? now thats just showing off.

Posted: May 12th 2009 2:33PM mitchgant said

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With the level of complexity in MMOs today, I would much rather have all the input options a PC gives me, than try to manage all that a full fledged MMO throws at me using a console controller and/or a console keyboard & mouse on the couch.

I think for a MMO to work well with a console it needs to be designed specifically for a console. Converting PC MMOs to console seems like a VERY BAD idea. Star Wars Galaxies anyone? I think dealing with all the skills that get loaded to the various button bars would be the biggest obstacle. Now a game like Free Realms should work fine on a console because they have so few skills to load to the bars, and it is mostly mini-game based. Not try to get a game like WOW, LOTRO or EVE to work on a console and you would probably have to dumb down the interface soooooo much that it would infuriate all the current PC subscribers. It might be possible to design versions of WOW, LOTRO and EVE that would work on consoles that would run on separate console only severs, because the game play would have to be very different with all the commands and options simplified for console controllers.

Now if anyone can figure out how to get the complexity of a PC based MMO properly translated to a console, I would happily move from my desk chair to my comfy coach. I won’t be holding my breath though.

Posted: May 12th 2009 2:43PM (Unverified) said

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I play WoW and WAR with my DS3, super easy when you get used to it and have them mapped properly. I have quick access to 8 hotbar items between the face buttons including the dpad, x3 because I have L1 and L2 as shift and ctrl.

Right joystick = Mouse control (i have it more sensetive than usual to compensate)

Left Joystick = AWSD

R1= Left Click, R2= Right click, R3 = Push to talk for vent or TS, L3 = Jump, select = Map, Start= ESC

Very effective and fluid transitions, when Im using my Zealot in WAR, Im usually first or second best healer in the scenario. Switching between hots, flash heals, marks and other things is far easier on my pad than on my keyboard, I haven't map morales yet since its the same config that I had for WOW

That said, I'd love to see more MMOs on consoles, id rather play lying on my bed than sitting at my desk lol

Posted: May 12th 2009 5:40PM (Unverified) said

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Having played MMOs for years on the PC (Everquest to Wow, Eve Online to City of Heroes, LOTRO to Tabula Rasa and all parts between) and for a few years on the PS2 (Everquest Online Adventures, Final Fantasy), I can safely say I have played in both worlds.

I think I prefer the ease of the social space on the PC. We're used to having keyboards for our computers. Game controllers for the consoles are all well and good, and MMO games Can be played with them, and some companies have even made hybrid controllers that merged them in ways that worked VERY well.

But still... somehow the PC works better. In so many ways. I can swap windows to look something up on the web, cut and paste it into my chat line in the game, or work the other direction. I can play IN a window and watch a webcam of a friend playing if I really want to. And PCs (I include non-Windows boxes here, too, btw) advance faster than the consoles do.

There are pros and cons of both 'platforms'. I suspect console MMOs are going to do REAL well with the crowd that wants to mostly voice chat during their MMO games, rather than type. And the PC games are going to see more text (especially with those folks that Role Play their characters and may gender-shift as part of it - never mind voice modulation software to deal with this) than their console-using friends.

But really, we shall see. I suspect that the X-Box Next, Wii Whatever, and Playstation X will take, when they come into being under whatever name, another step closer to being converged with both the TV and the Computer. But only the futurests and the actual future will tell.

Posted: May 12th 2009 6:52PM Xii said

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Both. PC mostly, but also one on the 360 (and before that, on the PS2).

I think a lot of people miss out that all consoles have USB ports these days. Most everyone who plays console MMOs will have a keyboard plugged in for chat, and, on the 360 at least, you're guaranteed that the game will support voice chat.

Personally, I'm of the opinion that console controls have a lot to add to MMOs. The genre could stand to have more action in it, and when you look at games like Guild Wars, its trivial to see how the controls could be mapped to a standard gamepad.

MMOs on consoles are a niche, with only a few titles running, but with a suitably big launch, they could rapidly establish themselves as a console mainstay. For years, people said that FPSes could not be done on consoles - and now they're one of the biggest (if not the biggest) sellers, with all three promoting exclusives as part of their draw.

Personally, I think Sony should be all over this. It's kind of mystifying where there isn't anything, even something like EQOA, for the PS3.

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