Move over, MMO story: dynamic events are this season's buzz word. Popularized by earlier MMOs like Warhammer Online
, dynamic events have become such an integral part of modern MMO design that brand-new Guild Wars 2
employs them as its central content conceit
. Skip dynamic events in GW2
and you're going to have a rough time leveling (or surviving the ridicule of the commentariat, who consider dynamic events to be far superior to mundane, quest-like renown hearts). Even MMOFPS
titles like Firefall
are adopting the mechanic
for their PvE fans.
But is this actually the type of content we want to see from our MMOs, whatever their flavor? Never mind whether they're actually dynamic -- do you actually think they make for fun, desirable content? Or are we just so sick of themepark-style questing and leveling that we're willing to accept anything in its stead, even if that "anything" might be a fad akin to MMO story?
What do you think -- are dynamic events all that and a bag of chips?
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