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Leaderboard: Achievements vs. titles

Culture, Game Mechanics, MMO Industry, Opinion, Leaderboard

Lord of the Rings Online's Lord of Streams title
I've never been much of an achievement fan when it comes to video games. To me, achievements are a cheap and easy way for devs to pretend like they've added content to an MMO, all the while exploiting the completist gene that seems present in a pretty high percentage of the gamer population.

Oddly, though, I love character titles. It doesn't matter if it's a crafting title, an adventuring title, or some sort of fluffy fishing-related title like the Lord of the Rings Online honorific in the screenshot above. I typically go after every title available to a given avatar in a given game, even though more often than not the mechanics are the same sort that underlie most achievement systems!

What about you, Massively readers? Achievements or titles? Or both? Or neither? Vote after the cut!

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Leaderboard: What was the best year for MMOs?

MMO Industry, Opinion, Leaderboard

1897 calendar
So, it's like, 2014. Happy New Year or something. Let's take a trip down memory lane and revisit some of the MMO genre's more notable years. Maybe you're partial to 1999, since it gave us Asheron's Call and EverQuest. How about 2001, which introduced Anarchy Online, World War II Online (now known as Battleground: Europe), and Dark Age of Camelot?

Don't forget 2003, which featured the launches of Star Wars: Galaxies, EVE Online, PlanetSide, Shadowbane, and A Tale in the Desert, just to name a few. Oh, OK, we probably shouldn't forget 2004 either, since it brought us World of Warcraft, EverQuest II, and City of Heroes.

My point is, there are plenty of choices when it comes to picking great MMO years. What about the best year in terms of MMO launches, though? Vote after the cut!

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Leaderboard: What's the best MMO design decision of all time?

Game Mechanics, MMO Industry, Opinion, Leaderboard

Star Wars: Galaxies stormtroopers
Last week we stirred up some discussion by asking Massively readers for their opinions on the worst MMO design decisions of all time. In the interests of fair play, and because of today's peace-on-earth-and-goodwill-toward-men Christmas thing, we thought it prudent to ask for the opposite opinion.

So, how about it? What's the best MMO design decision of all time? It's kind of a broad question, we know, so In lieu of the traditional Leaderboard voting options, feel free to write in your answers.

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Leaderboard: What's the worst MMO design decision of all time?

Game Mechanics, MMO Industry, Opinion, Leaderboard

Star Wars: Galaxies Pre-CU combat
Naoki Yoshida has spoken, and it seems as if Final Fantasy XIV players can take or leave the title's exorbitantly expensive free company housing.

The fan outcry surrounding this particular brouhaha has been considerable, so much so that I'm reminded of other game company gaffes that elicited howls of protest from all corners of a particular fandom. While it's a bit of a stretch to compare FFXIV's housing debacle to the likes of, say, the NGE, it's not a stretch to ask which MMO design decision tops your list as the worst of all time. Vote after the cut!

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Leaderboard: How many same-genre MMOs can you play at once?

Fantasy, MMO Industry, Opinion, Vanguard, Leaderboard

Vanguard unicorns
I have a hankering for Vanguard. I don't know why, other than it's one of those MMOs that I've always enjoyed despite playing it rather infrequently. This hankering is problematic, though, because I'm already dabbling in Final Fantasy XIV, Lord of the Rings Online, and an offline RPG.

All of these games have a fantasy bent, and when you couple that with the fact that there are only 24 hours in a day, I'm sure you can understand my dilemma. Failing some sort of uber-MMO that manages to combine all of the best features from each of these titles, I guess I'll just have to pick one for a primary game and glance longingly at the also-rans every now and again.

What about you, Massively readers? How many same-genre MMOs can you play at the same time? Two? Three? None? Vote after the cut!

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Leaderboard: What's the silliest game name in the MMO genre?

Culture, MMO Industry, Opinion, Humor, Miscellaneous, Leaderboard

Elite: Dangerous
Today I'd like to highlight some of the goofiest game names in the MMO genre. I'm not out to be mean or anything, but seriously, sometimes you just have to stop and ask what were they thinking, amirite?

Take Ever, Jane, for example. I get it, it's a play on both EverQuest and Jane Austen, but still. That comma is problematic because I don't want to pause and scratch my head when I'm reading a game title. Awkward! There are plenty of other examples, too, so vote for your (least) favorite after the cut.

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Leaderboard: What will Star Citizen's final crowdfunding tally be?

Sci-Fi, Business Models, MMO Industry, New Titles, Opinion, Sandbox, Leaderboard, Crowdfunding, Star Citizen, Buy-to-Play

Star Citizen's Starfarer
Star Citizen fans continue to throw money at Cloud Imperium Games. The space sim sandbox has cleared nearly two million dollars in additional funding this week and is well on its way to a $35 million war chest.

Where it finally stops is anyone's guess, at this point. Well, actually, it's your guess because that's the subject of this week's Leaderboard. Do you see Star Citizen breaking the $40 million barrier? $50 million? Let us know what you think after the cut!

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Leaderboard: Do you play around with game development tools?

Culture, Game Mechanics, MMO Industry, Opinion, Leaderboard

Arkham Asylum opening scene
For some reason that I can't quite fathom, I now have the Unreal Development Kit installed on my computer. I'm certainly no developer, nor would I make much of a designer I'm afraid, but something nonetheless compelled me to download the toolset and muck about with its documentation and various tutorials. Call it curiosity, or boredom, or whatever you like, really, but there it is.

What about you, Massively readers? Do you play around with game development tools (assuming that you're not really a developer), or does your obsession only extend to finished games? Let us know after the cut.

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Leaderboard: What do you play on patch day?

MMO Industry, Patches, Opinion, Leaderboard

Leaderboard What do you play on patch day
I was as surprised as anyone to see SOE drop DC Universe Online's GU31 patch yesterday. It's not that the patch itself was a surprise, of course, but the timing was unexpected. Fortunately for me, I have other hobbies -- not to mention 1,138 other games.

In the late 1990s, though, when I was a wee lad and there were like three MMOs in existence (only one of which I wanted to play), unexpected patches could be quite vexing. So, how about you, Massively readers? What do you play when your favorite MMO is down for the patch day count? Or do you actually go outside or something? Vote after the cut!

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Leaderboard: Are you giving WAR an in-game send-off?

Fantasy, MMO Industry, Warhammer Online, Opinion, Leaderboard

WAR. WAR was never this epic.
Sigh. Warhammer Online. It's hard to believe the title is over five years old, but sadly it's not hard to believe that its days are numbered. The powers-that-be have opened the free-to-play floodgates for the last few weeks of the game's life, and while I haven't felt the urge to log in yet and run around for old times' sake, I may get there before the end.

What about you, Massively readers? Are you going to give WAR an in-game send-off? Let us know after the cut!

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Leaderboard: Why do you avoid sandboxes?

Game Mechanics, MMO Industry, PvP, Sandbox, Leaderboard

Leaderboard - Why do you avoid sandboxes?
I'm pretty excited about Black Desert. It's a sandbox, for one thing. It's gorgeous, for another. Unfortunately I'll probably be playing it sans my usual MMO friends because it features open PvP. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a fan of the lazy, toothless PvP implementations that typify sandbox MMOs, but I also don't avoid interesting games because of them.

What about you, Massively readers? Is there a certain feature that keeps you from playing or enjoying sandbox MMOs? Vote and discuss after the cut!

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Leaderboard: Which MMO has the best player housing?

Game Mechanics, MMO Industry, Opinion, Leaderboard

Leaderboard - Which MMO has the best player housing?
I'm a big fan of player housing. If you're not, well, you should be. OK, not really, but you may want to skip this here Leaderboard if you typically roll your eyes when the topic comes up. Assuming you do like player housing, there are plenty of flavors to choose from scattered across the MMOverse, and a couple more interesting implementations on the way.

For now, though, let's limit ourselves to housing in already-released games. Which system do you like the best? Vote after the cut!

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Leaderboard: Which of these IPs would make the best MMO?

Culture, MMO Industry, Opinion, Leaderboard

Leaderboard - Which of these IPs would make the best MMO?
Let's talk about IP-based MMOs. There are a few currently available. There are a couple that are no longer available. There are probably some that I'm forgetting. The point I'm getting to, though, is that there are some fairly well-known IPs that haven't crossed over to the land of kill-10-rats, faction grinds, and endless character progression.

Maybe your favorite IP has already been made into an MMO. Maybe it hasn't. Maybe you hate the idea of IPs or IP-based MMOs in general. Regardless, you should click past the cut and participate in this week's poll.

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Leaderboard: Would you like a criminal justice system in your MMO?

Culture, Game Mechanics, MMO Industry, Opinion, ArcheAge, Sandbox, Leaderboard

A jury of old white guys
So I've got indentured servitude jury duty this week, and if you've never had it, believe me when I say that it sucks. And, at least where I live, there's no getting out of it unless you fancy a ride in the back of a squad car and another summons during the next call-out.

Why am I telling you this on an MMO blog? To vent, mostly, but also because it's an adequate lead-in to this week's Leaderboard. Aside from ArcheAge, I'm hard-pressed to think of an MMO that has implemented a significant criminal justice mechanic. Plenty of games from Ultima Online to EVE let you be a criminal six ways from Sunday, but since sandbox developers have completely dropped the ball when it comes to discouraging crime or otherwise building civilized virtual societies, there are no repercussions for repeatedly unleashing your inner jackhole.

Let's say it were up to you, though. Would you implement some sort of criminal justice system in your favorite MMO? If so, what sorts of behavior would you attempt to regulate? If not, why not? Vote and discuss after the cut!

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Leaderboard: What changes would bring you back to a previously played MMO?

Polls, Age of Conan, Game Mechanics, MMO Industry, Opinion, Leaderboard

Leaderboard - What changes would bring you back to a previously played MMO?
I just realized something. The original concept for this Leaderboard column hinged on two competing MMO philosophies duking it out. In recent months, though, it's sort of expanded into a more general feature and an excuse to make sure our criminally underused polling software still works.

Eh, whatever. Random thoughts of an MMO blogger, I guess.

Anyway and on topic, I've been thinking about going back to Age of Conan lately. So far I've managed to talk myself out of it, but yesterday's dev letter and its crafting tidbits piqued my interest. It also got me wondering what exactly the criteria is for returning to a game you've cast aside before. I imagine it's different for everyone, so for today's Leaderboard, tell us what changes -- if any -- would bring you back to an MMO you've heretofore abandoned. Vote after the cut!

Ever wish that you could put to rest a long-standing MMO debate once and for all? Then welcome to the battle royal of Massively's Leaderboard, where two sides enter the pit o' judgment -- and only one leaves. Vote to make your opinion known, and see whether your choice tops the Leaderboard!

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