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Offline [archive] Tessera72751098

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Re: Anyone else suffering badly a Bloodlines withdrawal
« Reply #15 on: January 30, 2007, 10:55:00 PM »
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    Kyadoshi posted:

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     Have you tried Eve online? It's the only semi-promising one.

     
     I haven't tried it, no. Quite a few people have suggested it to me before, though. I didn't include it in my little list because I have friends who tell me it's decent.                        

     

                                                      

    Offline [archive] RakishAzrael

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    Re: Anyone else suffering badly a Bloodlines withdrawal
    « Reply #16 on: January 31, 2007, 05:22:00 PM »
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    Tessera posted:

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    Kyadoshi posted:

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     Have you tried Eve online? It's the only semi-promising one.

     
     I haven't tried it, no. Quite a few people have suggested it to me before, though. I didn't include it in my little list because I have friends who tell me it's decent.

     
     the devs who made EVE online are the ones making the vampiure MMO. :P MLAH                        

     

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    Re: Anyone else suffering badly a Bloodlines withdrawal
    « Reply #17 on: January 31, 2007, 05:41:00 PM »
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     I think it will be good. I'm sure they won't make it exactly like EvE, but I'll bet it certainly won't be a level grind game. Ick.
     
     Good, Bad? Your thoughts?
     
                           

     

                                                      

    Offline [archive] RakishAzrael

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    Re: Anyone else suffering badly a Bloodlines withdrawal
    « Reply #18 on: January 31, 2007, 06:23:00 PM »
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    Kyadoshi posted:

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     Good, Bad? Your thoughts?
     
     

     
     theres a whole thread for that, called "New WoD game in the works" idk where it is, do a search.                        

     

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    Offline [archive] Tessera72751098

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    Re: Anyone else suffering badly a Bloodlines withdrawal
    « Reply #19 on: January 31, 2007, 09:50:00 PM »
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    Azrael il Toreador posted:
    the devs who made EVE online are the ones making the vampiure MMO. :P MLAH

     
     Which may or may not be a good thing. The exact same devs who created the original EverQuest are the people who produced Vanguard, but everything that I've seen and heard about Vanguard makes it seem pretty lame to me (bad showing at E3, bad feedback all throughout beta testing, etc). The classic EQ, on the other hand, was excellent. So, who knows.
     
     I'll keep an open mind. It would be nice to find a decent MMO one of these days.                        

     

                                                      

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    Re: Anyone else suffering badly a Bloodlines withdrawal
    « Reply #20 on: February 02, 2007, 05:40:00 AM »
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    Tessera posted:

     Which may or may not be a good thing. The exact same devs who created the original EverQuest are the people who produced Vanguard, but everything that I've seen and heard about Vanguard makes it seem pretty lame to me (bad showing at E3, bad feedback all throughout beta testing, etc). The classic EQ, on the other hand, was excellent. So, who knows.
     
     I'll keep an open mind. It would be nice to find a decent MMO one of these days.

     
     Don't even get me started on Vanguard. I played in beta for a while, and it sucks.  The previews I read made it sound like it was supposed to be something totally new with radically innovative gameplay.  It's not.  Just the same old crap with a different name.  It's like a Frakensteinish blend of the EQ2 engine, the WoW user interface, and all the features from EQ1 that players hated the most.
     
     In my opinion, the most innovative and original MMO to date, in terms of game mechanics and social interaction, is City of Heroes/Villains.  Unfortunately, the gameplay is even more reptitve than most other MMO's, so it gets boring very quickly.
     
     Anyway... As intriguing as a WoD MMO sounds, it would probably warrant an M rating if it were done properly.  That means a limited playerbase, which would be a death sentence for an MMO.  You could offer free online play, ala Guild Wars, but then you have to sacrifice things like graphics quality, bandwidth, and free content updates.  I certainly hope I'm wrong, but I doubt we'll be seeing an M rated MMO any time soon, so I remain skeptical about the quality and atmosphere we can expect to see in WoD online.                        

     

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    Re: Anyone else suffering badly a Bloodlines withdrawal
    « Reply #21 on: February 02, 2007, 09:53:00 AM »
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  •                 The trend for many mmogs is to allow you to download the clients from the companies website. Also internet advertising is more important including word-of-mouth. So I think in the coming years ratings will have less and less impact on the playerbase because retailers lose their importance and with that the importance of people who want to force their view of what is proper on others.                        

     

                                                      

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    Re: Anyone else suffering badly a Bloodlines withdrawal
    « Reply #22 on: February 02, 2007, 01:58:00 PM »
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    Anaximander posted:
     I certainly hope I'm wrong, but I doubt we'll be seeing an M rated MMO any time soon, so I remain skeptical about the quality and atmosphere we can expect to see in WoD online.

     
     Well, there has been an "M" rated MMO out for awhile now called "Neocron," but I wasn't especially impressed with it when I tried it. It also looks really, really bland -- visually speaking.
     
     "Age of Conan" is supposedly going to ship with an "M" rating from Funcom, but the entire design concept for that MMO looks to me like something the players will burn out on, within a few months. As Jack would say, AoC is already starting to look like "the Three Stooges with chainsaws," so far as its overall thrust.
     
     I think an "M" rated MMO based on WoD could work, but as you say... it wouldn't have that built-in kiddie konsumer base that most publishers seem to be aiming at these days.                        

     

                                                      

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    Re: Anyone else suffering badly a Bloodlines withdrawal
    « Reply #23 on: February 02, 2007, 04:27:00 PM »
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     I've never even heard of Neocron, and I haven't really been following the development of Age of Conan.  Thanks for the correction.
     
     
    Tessera posted:
    I think an "M" rated MMO based on WoD could work, but as you say... it wouldn't have that built-in kiddie konsumer base that most publishers seem to be aiming at these days.

     
     Exactly!  If you really want a game to be "massively" multiplayer, you need high power server clusters, immense bandwidth, a full support staff, and continued development on future content.  To fund it, you need a monthly subscription fee and a sufficiently large player base.  That means making a game with an interface so easy and content so mild that anyone - even a child - can play it, and nobody complains.
     
     Now, there has been a trend lately to make smaller "niche" online games that appeal more selective audiences.  I wouldn't really call them MMO's, though.  Just games that offer online play.  I wouldn't object to seeing WoD online done this way, as long they didn't have to sacrifice too much in the way of quality.                        

     

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    Re: Anyone else suffering badly a Bloodlines withdrawal
    « Reply #24 on: February 03, 2007, 07:13:00 PM »
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     Ahh, well. The publishers need a kick in the balls, I guess. For now, I'm keeping myself entertained by trying to do a topless Malkavian re-skin. Wish me luck... it's coming along, though.                        

     

                                                      

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    Re: Anyone else suffering badly a Bloodlines withdrawal
    « Reply #25 on: February 03, 2007, 09:47:00 PM »
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  •                 You'll have to excuse what may be a really stupid question, but considering that most MMO's require monthly fees, wouldn't MMO developers target players old enough to earn income? I know parents may buy their children games for birthdays and holidays, but I can't imagine too many willing to fork over cash every month. It just seems safer to shoot for the 18+ age-bracket.
     
     
                           

     

                                                      

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    Re: Anyone else suffering badly a Bloodlines withdrawal
    « Reply #26 on: February 03, 2007, 10:28:00 PM »
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    Island_Dog posted:

     You'll have to excuse what may be a really stupid question, but considering that most MMO's require monthly fees, wouldn't MMO developers target players old enough to earn income? I know parents may buy their children games for birthdays and holidays, but I can't imagine too many willing to fork over cash every month. It just seems safer to shoot for the 18+ age-bracket.
     
     
     

     
     Well, just take a look at the most successful MMO of all-time: World of Warcrap.
     
     Based upon personal observations, I'd wager that about 70% of the people who play that game are under 16 years of age. I think what happens is this: parents -- or should I say, irresponsible parents -- buy MMO's for their kids and then use them like a substitute babysitter.
     
     What I mean is, so long as their kid is wrapped up for 8 straight hours playing some cheesy MMO, then that kid is out of their hair for the rest of the day. I know that sounds very cynical and pessimistic of me, but that's the impression that I've gotten over the years.                        

     

                                                      

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    Re: Anyone else suffering badly a Bloodlines withdrawal
    « Reply #27 on: February 04, 2007, 09:23:00 PM »
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     I wouldn't touch warcraft if you even bought it for me but I see it as a lesser of two evils.
     
     I guess some parents go for the easy way out but It can go a lot deeper than a substitute babysitter.
     They would rather them be sedated playing warcraft than robbing old people or getting hooked on heroin.
     
     It certainly Beats them roaming around their local area bored out their face, getting drunk and stoned then doing daft things that could ruin their life.
     
     Do we need any more scum of the earth? No way! Catch 22.
     
     These parents could actually be doing us a favour but the saying, wrap them up in cotton wool springs to mind.
     
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    Re: Anyone else suffering badly a Bloodlines withdrawal
    « Reply #28 on: February 04, 2007, 10:51:00 PM »
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    MooCHa posted:

     I guess some parents go for the easy way out but It can go a lot deeper than a substitute babysitter.
     They would rather them be sedated playing warcraft than robbing old people or getting hooked on heroin.
     
     It certainly Beats them roaming around their local area bored out their face, getting drunk and stoned then doing daft things that could ruin their life.
     
     Do we need any more scum of the earth? No way! Catch 22.
     
     These parents could actually be doing us a favour but the saying, wrap them up in cotton wool springs to mind.

     
     Well...
     
     I grew up in an era that long pre-dated MMO's or just about anything else on the internet. I certainly didn't end up doing any of those things that you've listed, but then again, I actually had parents who gave a shit about me and spent time teaching me how to live properly in this world. I also went to public schools that were adequately funded and so on and so on and so on and...
     
     I think you can see where I'm headed, so I won't finish that paragraph. Any intelligent person (yourself included)  is already way ahead of me.                        

     

                                                      

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    Re: Anyone else suffering badly a Bloodlines withdrawal
    « Reply #29 on: February 15, 2007, 02:14:00 AM »
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  •                 I played EVE Online for 2 years on 3 accounts and it WAS the BEST mmo I ever played. Recent changes made it so it feels like the game wants to become more popular than to fit in the beautiful niche it was in so far. I havnt played it for 3 months now and I get bad feedback from my former clan/corpmates. I guess I quit at the right time.
     
     IF and only if, the devs from EVE do their initial magic, vampire mmo would probably rule. However, once they tasted the buck from a game that appeals to a wide audience I dont believe vamp game has any chances to be any good.
     
     I've been on beta for Lord of The Rings Online and initially it seemed good. Once the hype with Tolkiens magic wore off and I started to see how weak the structure of the game was I realised something: it's just too damn hard to pass on the opportunity to earn more money for your product than to stick to some hard rules while making the game. As it stands, LOTRO is going to be just another MMO suspended on hype from movies and toys. I dont want to bash games like LOTRO or WoW, but these aint my type of games in the long run. Shallow grind fests with seemingly loads to offer, yet empty and without character. After I play all the clans in VTMB I will seek out more of the gems of the old and maybe, just maybe rekindle my love with text based muds I started with....