Sandbox aficionados are known to reminisce about the "good old days." You know, that time long lost in the past when the greats of open-world play like Ultima Online
and Star Wars Galaxies
(pre-NGE of course) enjoyed their heyday. Many a lamentation has also been heard about how things have never been the same, or how nothing has filled that void.
Of course, the sandbox never died
. In 2012 we started the year off with a guide to games sporting sandbox features
to scratch a variety of virtual world itches and we ended with a look at some promising upcoming titles
for 2013. With plenty of choices abounding, why are sandbox fans still decrying the lack of a home? It could be because they want one home for everyone to settle in together, basically one game to rule them all. But how realistic is that?
Even with the plethora of offerings now, many folks want to play their
ideal sandbox, and everyone has their own idea of what the perfect one
would be (and conversely, what would kill it
). Perhaps the answer, then, is to forget about a single universal home that accommodates the masses and actually create a number of niche games where people find exactly what they are looking for. Wait, that's already happening? Enter Kickstarter.