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Posted: Aug 18th 2011 12:02PM cotheer said

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One word: grindfest

Posted: Aug 18th 2011 12:19PM (Unverified) said

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Are all these generic F2P MMOs built upon some common framework or engine? They really crank these horribly mediocre things out.

Posted: Aug 18th 2011 12:28PM yeppers said

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I almost think F2P MMOs need their own Joysiq spinoff. It seems one "releases" every day and it's getting more and more difficult to distinguish one from another.

Posted: Aug 18th 2011 12:35PM Ryukan said

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The MMO industry is being oversaturated with reguritated, cash grab crap much like the film industry is being oversaturated with reguritated remake crap. It's pretty sad.

Posted: Aug 18th 2011 12:41PM (Unverified) said

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Cmon, some of the remakes are worth it with popcorn, these games arenĀ“t. And indeed, i would be quite happy if there was a separate site for these crappy F2P.

Posted: Aug 18th 2011 12:49PM Tizmah said

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This reminds me of the 80s with the constant barrage of space and shooting games in the arcades. Now it's constant fighting/grinding MMOs that a free to play. It won't be long before it all crashes and burns, everyone. Then we'll receive the "Donkey Kong" of MMOs that brings a giant breath of fresh air from all the mundane garbage.

Maybe that game will come out soon or next year.

Posted: Aug 18th 2011 12:53PM AlienFanatic said

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@Tizmah

I have a feeling that'll be Blizzard's "Titan" MMO. While I see TOR and GW2 as nice evolutions of the current trend, I believe that Blizzard is one of the only --- if not THE only -- company with the deep pockets and talent to pull off a major update to the MMO model.

And this is coming from a guy who LOATHES how Activision is milking every facet of WOW, and who feels WOW's become incredibly stale over the past two expansions. Blizzard just has an incredibly deep talent pool and almost unlimited appeal.

Posted: Aug 18th 2011 1:05PM Tizmah said

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@AlienFanatic

Time will tell.
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Posted: Aug 18th 2011 1:25PM Apakal said

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@AlienFanatic

Considering they've already branded Titan as "casual" I highly doubt it (note: I'm not saying Casual is bad).

I'm also not impressed with Blizzard's track record as of late. Diablo III is just mailing it in as a cash grab and nothing in WoW post-Cataclysm has been in any way unique or remarkable; reforging, 4.3, and the Transmogrifier included.

TSW, GW2, Otherland, and possibly Wildstar are the games that might actually be pushing the genre forward in their own respective areas.
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Posted: Aug 18th 2011 1:58PM Valentina said

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@AlienFanatic

Blizzard isn't the same talented company it used to be, the best of Blizzard left a long time ago, prior to Activision. They said Titan is going to be a casual MMO, not too long ago and not something that directly competes with WoW, or other MMORPG's.
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Posted: Aug 18th 2011 4:56PM Masync9 said

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@Apakal

Excellent points, I feel the same and a deep disappointment. I know its a sign of the times with the whole "greed is good ethos" but I am really bummed watching ActiBlizz crumble like they have.

Now seeing the Diablo 3 mess with the multiple layers of money whoring going on are the last few nails in the coffin.
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Posted: Aug 18th 2011 6:48PM Irem said

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They may have the money and talent, but I have little to no faith in Blizzard's -willingness- to try and update the MMO model, especially when their model for WoW for some time now has been to strip out or avoid as much complexity as possible. There's only so much idiotproofing you can do before things just become shallow.
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Posted: Aug 18th 2011 7:17PM nhat said

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@Valentina Uhh what? Starcraft 2 is one of the if not the best RTS game ever made. Even if you don't think it is, its still a great game.
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Posted: Aug 18th 2011 7:20PM Apakal said

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@nhat

And what is Starcraft II really? One thing it isn't is a revolution from Starcraft I. Why? Because the people that made the first Starcraft don't work for Blizzard anymore, and the people they do have working there don't have what it takes to craft a brand new experience of the same quality.

They have talent and they have smart people working for them, but those people aren't the absolute best of the best like they used to be.
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Posted: Aug 18th 2011 1:12PM (Unverified) said

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F2P = small poor quality games
F2P = microtransactions; pay to win.

F2P = fad marketing

Demand quality.

Posted: Aug 18th 2011 1:59PM Fabius Bile said

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launching tomorrow...shutting down in a few months from now, running away with whatever money they could fetch in the cash shop

the F2P model is the future!!!

Posted: Aug 18th 2011 2:04PM (Unverified) said

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what killed video gaming in the 80s?... craptastic games that came out by the boatload. Looks as if we are trying to duplicate it once again in the genre of MMOs.

Of course Nintendo came in, took a chance, and revived video gaming.


I wonder how many people in gaming today even know the history of gaming, and how close we came to basically losing it?

Posted: Aug 18th 2011 4:59PM Masync9 said

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True we did go though that huge drought maybe it will take another one like a forest fire to burn off underbrush to get game quality back up again.
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Posted: Aug 18th 2011 2:29PM SocksForYou said

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Yay another unremarkable, disposable F2P game no one cares about.

Posted: Aug 18th 2011 9:40PM Budukahn said

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All this loathing is actually making me feel a little sympathetic towards this title. It's like the proverbial straw on the camels back with everyone picking this particular game as the time to say "No more generic eastern trash thanks!".

Not that the sympathy is enough to make me actually try it mind. Personally, I feel a little offended that they think they can shoe horn what apparently seems to be a generic MMO game into a Trojan horse and I'll lap it up.

Now what would be interesting is a game that actually tried to recreate the Trojan War and ancient Greece as a setting and attempted to remain authentic to it. A bit like Gods and Heroes: Rome Rising was supposed to do for the Romans, but releasing a game that's good enough to avoid a slating in the comments section of every review I've seen of it.

Frankly, I'm really surprised no-one seems to be picking up the History MMO ball. With the exception of World War 2, and pirate games, the breadth of history seems largely untouched, reduced to providing fodder and ideas for yet another Fantasy game.

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