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Op Ed

IncGamers - MMO Weekly: Bored With The Genre?
As we talked, David and I both shared our overall tepid attitude toward the entire genre lately. He indicated that he still plays WoW occasionally, but it's not thrilling. On top of that, there are no upcoming MMO titles that actually interest him.

It was weird, but I found that he was echoing something I'd been feeling for a while, too.

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5. Re: Op Ed Feb 16, 2010, 17:31 Ruffiana
Until MMO developers/publishers can get away from making new MMOs based on successful previous MMOs, the genre will never mature or evolve.

MMOs are not alone in this problem...FPSs, RTSs, RPGs, pretty much every thing has gone through boom/bust cycle as far as innovation goes. Sadly I think the trend right now is to pull back more and take the safer bets than push for innovation. Production quality is going up, but core gameplay is not evolving in as many new and interesting directions as it has in the past.

I personally feel that Aion was the last successful MMO built on the traditional model and that moving forward it will take something new to garner any remarkable level of success. The Old Republic could do it if they manage to push the story-telling aspect of MMOs beyond the quest dialogue boxes of text, but I have reservations about their long-term success if they're too focused on providing 1000s of hours of content instead of 100s of hours of content with a regular pace of new, non-formulaic, non-repetitive content post-launch
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