There’s always been an element of ‘rose-tinted glasses’ to discussions about MMO gaming in my experience. If you never experienced Star Wars Galaxies near launch you simply haven’t played a ‘proper MMO’. If you weren’t in an Everquest 1 mob camp you have no concept of ‘the grind’.
Sometimes as I read through my bloglist I feel as though I’m one of the very few not deeply dissatisfied with the current crop of games, one of the few not fixed on idolising the past. I have no hankering for replaying Morrowind, Final Fantasy VII, Neverwinter Nights or some other classic. I’m happily situated in the now with MMOs and gaming in general.
I admit that the best games in the MMO genre, at least from a breadth and depth of content perspective, are some of the oldest – e.g. EQ2 or LOTRO. But I cannot ignore new entrants such as Guild Wars 2 or Neverwinter (the Cryptic MMO) that show a very different play style and seem to be taking a very different tactic to offering that ‘massively multiplayer’ experience. It’s the newer games that are currently keeping my attention more than the old stalwarts after all.
I guess this is because I like to play MMOs that are well populated and still being updated regularly. It’s much easier to find games in both categories if they’re still relatively popular and relatively new as well.
Are you playing mostly newer games at present, a mix of everything or have you gone back to old classics?