While there's a lot to be said about the virtues of user friendliness and consequence-lite gameplay, I think it's important not to throw out the entire library of hardcore features just because games happened to be too grindy or corpse-runny way back then. Through titles like Day Z
, EVE Online
, and WURM Online
, players have shown an affinity to features that promote a more realistic sense of world. For some, that creates a sense of immersion that no fancy graphics could ever accomplish.
So let's boil it down to just one feature today, one hardcore feature that you'd like to see more of in MMOs. Would you use your one wish to grant every game a permadeath server for those who prefer that lifestyle? Could you see getting into an MMO where you had to monitor your avatar's hunger, thirst, and stamina constantly? Does the idea of a character aging and scarring make you thrill for the journey?
Let us know your idea for a great hardcore feature that would spice up MMOs!
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