Too many MMORPGs?

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  1. Sam Posten

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    We currently have:

    UO

    AO

    EQ (with expansion #4 coming out)

    DAOC

    Coming soon:

    EQ PS2

    EQ2

    Shadowbane (definition of vapor)

    Star Wars Galaxies

    Planet Side

    Hell thats 5 just from Sony! ...and a half dozen more minor ones, like the one from Codemasters....

    Can the market even remotely support this many games at once?

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  2. Kelley_B

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    I doubt it. Also look at the lone MMOFPS/SIM, World War II Online, I play it, I love it....and I have a real hard time paying for it every month. I can't imagine playing more than one pay for play game.

    BTW - You forgot two others:

    Asheron's Call and AC2

    Phantasy Star Online ver2
     
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    This is also assuming that the games turn out to be good. Some of'em will undoubtedly suck & die. [​IMG]
    -Dave
     
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    Don't forget Worlds of Warcraft from Blizzard and Earth and Beyond from Westwood.
     
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    Am I the only one who finds this post totally incomprehensible? What do all those letters mean?
     
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    You guys are forgetting the game that has quite a good chance at becoming the largest MMORPG of them all: The Sims Online. It's the best selling PC game of all time now, I think it'll appeal to a much larger audience then all the other games that have been mentioned.
     
  8. Romier S

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    Carl some translation for you:

    UO=Ultima Online

    AO=Anarchy Online

    EQ=Everquest

    DAOC=Dark Age of Camelot
     
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    Thanks, though I'm still not sure what a "MMORPG" is.

    Some sort of online role-playing game?
     
  10. Larry Seno Jr.

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    Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game.
    Crap in my opinion. But I'm a fan of getting sunshine [​IMG]
     
  11. Romier S

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    Carl,
    MMORPG= Massively Multiplayer Online RPG (As Larry noted above above, eyes going blind!)
    Larry,
    I myself am a fan of the sunshine[​IMG]. You dont necessarily need to play a MMORPG 16-17 hours a day to get enjoyment out of it. I currently play 2 of these games and I spend at most 5-6 hours a week tops.
    For those that do play 16-17 hours week more power to you. I can't devote that kind of time to a game! (I get far to antsy)
     
  12. Larry Seno Jr.

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    Romier-

    I have played Asherons call, and because I couldn't devote 5-6 hours a day to it, it wasn't fun, I was hopelessly behind others, and that isnt the kind of game I appreciate. I'd like to play a game that requires skill to advance in, not time.
     
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  14. Larry Seno Jr.

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    I will most likely buy and try the new Star Wars game, especially if you can develop into a Jedi Knight with a light saber.
     
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    Larry:

    If you have any intention of seeing sunlight within 6-12 months of buying Star Wars Galaxies, dont get your heart set on that lightsaber =) Just buy Jedi Knight 2 and get it on day 1...

    As far as games sucking and dying, AO sucked HUGELY and its still around. Have no idea how they have the monetary base to still be running that game, let alone the vast improvements they have apparently done to it. They F'ed with my credit card big time, so I'll be damned if I even try the 7 day free trial to see how much 'better' it is now....

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    To be picky, Planetside isn't really an RPG... it's an action game and will likely attract a different customer base than the others mentioned.

    And no, the market will not support all these games. The PC market doesn't support all the non online only games currently, there is no way it will support all these pay to play, then pay to play some more games. And to be honest, I think a lot of the companies making these games probably realise that.

    But then again, who thought Dark Age of Camelot would do as well as it has??

    The opportunity is there if the game is of quality from the get go, and offers something different from the others. And the advantage is that they don't have to make all their money off of sales, they can make some from the sales and some from subscriptions.

    Anyway, we'll see what happens. I'm sure a few of them won't last too long.
     
  17. Kelley_B

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    I wish more people would play WWIIOnline, its a really great game, especially with some voice chat and get into a squadron and go bust up some front lines....just played it for 3 hours straight and would play more, but everyone else got off.
     
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    I'm hoping SW Galaxies runs on the Jedi Knight 2 engine. I would really hate the turn based combat if I have a lightsaber.
     
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    I've never actually played an MMORPG...my closest experience to it being Diablo II (digital crack). I played that game far too much every day for months before I was finally able to break the addiction. Then the LOD expansion came out and it started all over. Anyway, I'm interested in playing an MMORPG as long as the price is reasonable. But I may not actually do it until World of Warcraft sees the light of day. Which could be a long time in coming knowing Blizzard.

    Aaron
     
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