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Posted: May 24th 2010 8:34AM Seffrid said

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False premise. An MMO doesn't end...

Posted: May 24th 2010 8:38AM Jenks said

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Tabula Rasa and The Matrix Online immediately come to mind.
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Posted: May 24th 2010 9:12AM (Unverified) said

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Tabula Rasa was the first thing that came to my mind. That definitely ended. All things considered, it was sad but good.
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Posted: May 24th 2010 8:38AM Seffrid said

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Well on second thoughts I suppose some get cancelled but that isn't quite the same thing as having an ending in the traditional sense as associated with offline games that are entirely story-based.

AC2 is the only MMO I played regularly that was terminated, and as far as I can recall it just stopped. Any MMO that I walked away from carried on, apart from Tabula Rasa and that didn't exactly go out with a bang as I recall.

Posted: May 24th 2010 9:24AM whateveryousay said

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Well, part of what she said was in consideration of cancellations, but I also think a lot of what she was saying was in a metaphorical sense, not a literal one.
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Posted: May 24th 2010 9:37AM Daverator said

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The lugian seige engineer was awesome!
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Posted: May 24th 2010 9:40AM Agozyen said

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Let's not forget Auto Assault!

Seriously though, eventually even World of Warcraft will come to an end. I had the pleasure of playing on the EQ Legendary server Stormhammer for its entire existence. I was there the day it opened and I was logged in until my PC crashed. They left the server up for like a month, you just couldn't select it as a server any more. They had events leading up to the last day and everyone gathered in PoK and just hung out. Even though there were (and are) other EQ servers it felt like the world was ending, and in a sense it was. I continued to play EQ for a while but it's been ages since I logged in.

You might form imaginary personal relationships with the characters you watch from a TV show, but those aren't nearly as strong as the real ones you forge while playing an MMO with a great group of people.

I have seen every episode of Lost, and while it was a great show, the ending wasn't nearly as emotional as it was for me when Stormhammer was shut down, but then again, I can watch any episode of Lost I want at any time, I can't go visit Stormhammer again no matter how much I want to. All I have are a few screenshots.

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Posted: May 24th 2010 9:52AM (Unverified) said

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Hellgate: London. Worst beginning and worst ending.

The game itself would have been fantastic if Flagship had done it right (and not rushed the release to appease EA). I still haven't found an MMO that gives me what Hellgate could have been. Being a rushed, unfinished, buggy release gave it the worst beginning.

And then it ended when they switched the servers off. Unlike Tabula Rasa where the camps were attacked and destroyed. Then again, NCSoft are still going, whereas Flagship sunk, and now Bill Roper and co have gone to mess up other games :/

Posted: May 24th 2010 11:13AM shocktheshammy said

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i forget the name of it but one of the games that this site reports on (dungeon something or other) went kaput and had an in game event to mark the end. Pretty cool beans there. Lost..told us what we knew all along...they never survived the crash

Posted: May 24th 2010 12:52PM whateveryousay said

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First of all, don't drop spoilers like that. Some of us are just starting to catch up with the series online. Second, you're thinking of Dungeon Runners.
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Posted: May 24th 2010 1:00PM Brianna Royce said

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I wouldn't worry too much about his "spoiler." The ending really isn't that simple, and could be interpreted in many ways, many of which are guessed at by the characters themselves along the full run of the show. As with many things: if you think you understand it, you probably don't.

I did update the post with a note about potential spoilers, so hopefully no one else will be taken unawares.
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Posted: May 24th 2010 12:26PM Brianna Royce said

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Oh man I loved Life on Mars. And the ending, although rushed, was awesome! Never saw it coming. I didn't mind the end of LOST, but I would have done the last few minutes differently, for sure. But at least it didn't get canceled at a ridiculous spot (Firefly, Farscape). At least the ending was *intentional*.

Worst MMO ending for me was when I left SWG, the first time. No it wasn't NGE; it was the vile RP "community" on my server at the time. They ruined the entire experience for me, and I had to walk away. Then again, best ending -- EQ -- and I did the same thing. Did my last raid, logged out, and never logged in again. It felt so good!

Posted: May 24th 2010 6:37PM Monkey D Luffy said

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I've been watching Buffy and Angel on Netflix and i gotta say they are perfect T.V. shows, Buffy is genius and Angel is close to that.

Where's the MMO equivalent of those?

Posted: May 24th 2010 2:43PM shocktheshammy said

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I've always thought that world would lend itself well to an mmo setting

1 side you have the slayettes maybe good soldier type like riley witches rouge watchers and 2nd side you have Wolframandhart and their ilk. Watchers could be a neutral faction or even questgivers of some sort. And didnt warner recently purchase turbine or cryptic or one of those companies....if so ..no brainer idea here. (If Star Trek online could hit 100k im sure sunnyvale online could as well)
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Posted: May 24th 2010 1:05PM shipwreck said

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I remember ending my time with Meridian 59, saying good bye to my friends and acquaintances, and feeling a bit emotional about it: it was my first MMO and I was quite young.

I left M59 for EQ and I'm not sure which would have been the better choice at that point in my life.

An interesting MMO to think of in these terms is LotRO.

We know how the story ends, but will it continue after the events of the book in the Fourth Age as so many hope? Who knows. And who knows where our character's story ends in relation to the Fellowship and the Ring?

Posted: May 24th 2010 1:50PM Javajunky said

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If I were to draw analogies, I felt like the time in my life playing World of Warcraft was very much like the time Desmond spent down in the hatch pushing that button. How long was he stuck in that rat hole 5 years, about the same amount of time I wasted playing World of Warcraft.

Posted: May 24th 2010 1:46PM NeverDeath said

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The ending to LOST was awesome. The ending to World of Warcraft - not so much.

They should have cut it short at the end of Burning Crusade, instead of confirming what most of us already suspected and some of us knew: They had reached the end of their rope for lore and creativity (Naaru+spaceships anyone?), and were now going to just make up a bunch of random shit that didn't even fit the Warcraft universe, just to supply more content to the player base because it was still a tremendous cash cow. Just as with music, I find that when the product becomes about the musician more than about the music, it's not music anymore. It becomes commercial garbage meant to be catchy and hollow so that they'll pick it up and it'll run its course in time for the next one to come along. Wrath of the Lich King is the Here I Go Again on my Own of MMOs: Sure, at the time it seemed like a good idea, and a lot of people can hum the tune to you, but a couple years down the road and people laugh with absurdity whenever you mention it, only now in retrospect realizing how terrible it was.

I don't even want to think about how terrible Cataclysm is going to be.

Posted: May 25th 2010 12:56AM (Unverified) said

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I cant see why you feel that WotLK is soo bad? I mean if you really look at vanilla wow, it didnt fit a certain story or scheme... the main objective of the game is to place players in a Warcraft related universe and allow them to battle iconic enemies/heros so that it feels epic. If you want a true sense of Lore and story then you should be playing LOTRO...which is great for story but complete crap for endgame raiding... I mean in the current expansion one of the raids is a giant turtle?? with people in moria constantly spamming LFF 2/10 for turtle raid!! what a joke...
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Posted: May 24th 2010 1:55PM NeverDeath said

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Also, if this isn't presumptuous as all hell:

"As with many things: if you think you understand it, you probably don't."

You can't attach a probability to an entirely arbitrary variable such as "it". The ending to LOST is actually pretty simple to those of us who are able to remember the entire show, and think logically in order to eliminate possibilities due to facts provided BY the very show itself. Just because there are a lot of idiots on Facebook with no attention span doesn't mean the ending to LOST is that complex. It's very good, and as someone who's watched the show since its first season, I am tickled to death by how it ended - but it's not rocket surgery. Your statement is pretentious at best.

Posted: May 24th 2010 2:51PM VioletArrows said

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And here I was just joking with my bf last night that I'd laugh heartily if they either did a "rocks fall everyone dies" or a Big O/Silence in the Library ending to piss off everyone who's been hanging on the last 6 seasons. Sounds like they did both.

I've only been in a handful of mmos, and I've never reached the end of any of them. I get bored way before that ever happens.

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