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Where have MMORPGs come from, and where are they going?

  • Very nice article, funny, no one really pays attention to the evolution of mmo’s.

  • James Dethridge

    BACKSTORY (optional)
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    I have just been banned on planet of warcraft for financial system exploitation… yeah I do not know either.(I also just commenced taking part in soon after a 6 month extended break — have not even had time to go to the ah) I’ve also been banned from runescape from macroing, that I could see coming since even however I was taking part in legit, I was playing 10 hours a day whilst viewing the dvd set of smallville.
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    Question
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    I would like to know what would be the very best mmorpg for me. I have just not too long ago purchased a new desktop computer(specs below).

    I like a sport like runescape, with alot of tradeskills, and things I can do apart from just running close to and grinding.
    I also like wows facet of questing, such as you level by questing, and their quite effortless to find(not like runescape, wherever you grind for ranges to do the quest, then you consider several hours to do it)

    now for some stuff I can just put in a huge list
    – great graphics(would like to get the most out of my new pc :D)
    – great economy
    – good community
    – player customization( this sort of as race/class/gear — not like rs in which all gear is JUST a various colour than the previous set)
    – (optional) very good conclude game stuff, like raids or great pvp
    – (optional) pvp is not unbalanced, like warlocks and pallys employed to be
    – (optional) challenging move combinations, so that I won’t get owned by 10 year olds that bought their gear — even if my opponent has great gear, I can trump them with skill
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    HP – Pavilion Elite Desktop with AMD Phenom II X4 910 Quad Core Processor specs
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    Processor
    AMD Phenom™ II X4
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    Processor Speed
    2.6GHz
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    Cache Memory
    2MB on die Stage 2 + 6MB on die Stage 3
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    System Memory (RAM)
    8GB
    #
    Type of Memory (RAM)
    PC3-8500 DDR3 SDRAM
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    Hard Drive Type
    Serial ATA (5400 rpm)
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    Hard Generate Size
    1TB
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    Graphics
    ATI Radeon HD 4350
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    Video Memory
    512MB (dedicated); up to 3579MB somme obtainable as allotted by Windows Vista
    #
    MPEG
    Yes
    #
    Audio
    High-definition audio (8-speaker configurable)
    Copied from bestbuy.com — http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=9366553&st=hp+pavilion+elite+desktop+with+amd+phenom+II+x4+910+quad+core&lp=1&type=product&cp=1&id=1218092151542
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    Asus 20″ widescreen flat panel LCD HD watch specs
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    #
    Response Time
    5 ms
    #
    Brightness
    300 cd/m²
    #
    Vertical Frequency
    56Hz – 76Hz
    #
    Horizontal Frequency
    29Hz – 83KHz
    #
    VGA Input
    Yes
    #
    DVI-D Input
    No
    #
    DVI-D with HDCP Input
    Yes
    #
    HDMI Input
    No
    #
    ENERGY STAR Qualified
    Yes
    copied from bestbuy(didn’t know what is essential data on monitor) — http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=9367892&st=Asus+20%22+widescreen+flat+panel+LCD+HD+monitor+specs&type=product&id=1218092611086
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    Feel free to list p2p mmorpgs to, with the cost of the computer, I Am likely to have to wait just before I can manage to start off spending a subscription

  • Ryan Dunn

    Currently, I have a 2wire. It sucks and I’m going to scrap it once I can figure out what I’m doing. That said, I’d be using my laptop one floor up (pass insulation and several other range blockades) and 50 ft away from where the router/modem currently sits.

    Conditions
    *as of now, the signal doesn’t even reach half way to my room
    *I don’t have a phone line in my room to set up dsl
    *I don’t have cable (but do I need it to use a cable modem)?
    *I need to be able to support 2 computers and 2 360s (unless there is a way to keep the 2wire on and let it support the one desktop and xbox wirelessly, and have a second modem/router support my room by itself)
    *I use to hook my xbox to my laptop because my 360 still doesn’t have the wireless receiver. I’ll buy one once I can get wireless to reach my room.
    *I’ve considered getting a repeater, but I’ve read so many problems with them dropping signals, and that’s a “no no” for gamers. (unless you know of a repeater that has never had that problem with a 2wire)
    *If I do go wired with my laptop in my room, what can I use that will not require a phone line? What does it need?

    Other than xbox, I play mmorpgs, so I need a reliable connection that won’t lag or drop. Even when I had a linksys G, I ran into that problem. Now, I can barely play the games unless I’m hooked up to the modem, making my laptop’s wireless capabilities all but useless.

    I’ve read some things about hooking up a modem directly to your computer. What would I need for that setup? What has worked best for you?

    Furthermore, I’m pretty much a moron when it comes to technical jargon so I really need plain english, or at least links to clear definitions of those techy-terms.

  • mal_functiongeo

    Please consider:

    1. Unrivaled experience

    My game should provide a high quality experience for which are no alternatives anywhere else, i.e.:

    – story of the game is irrelevant. Books/movies/theaters are superior at telling stories.
    – social aspects are irrelevant. Meeting with my friends face-to-face is superior.
    – graphics/cinematic qualities are irrelevant. Enjoying nature/movies is superior.
    – any kind reality simulation (economy, love & relationships, racing, war simulation etc) is irrelevant for obvious reasons.

    So, what are games unrivaled superior at?

    At providing a unique mental and motorical challenge without the risk of getting hurt or dieing for real.

    2. Intuitive controls, elegant motorical real-time challenge

    My game should be played in real-time. The best experience for a not-turn-based game is hence a game with controls as unrestrictive as possible, i.e. intuitive controls (mouse work), and focussed on quality, not quantity.
    With intuitive I mean the opposite of binary/number driven.

    Don’t come up with button mashers like StarCraft 2, where you have to give orders to as many units as possible at the same time (unelegant, quantity based execution). Also don’t mention any kind of MMORPGs. According to my opinion MMORPGs are the scum of PC gaming, as they try to provide everything in point 1., but not even on a medocre level and are so restrictive with their RPGish way of converting most gameplay aspects into possessible objects (activated by the simple push of a button), that they are almost completely bound to playing time (everyone with the same amount of time comes as far, individual skill and talent by far doesn’t matter as much as it could).

    I want something with a minimum of these artificial restrictions, something more elegant. Minimalistic game mechanics, easy to learn but difficult to master – like chess.

    If you recommend an FPS, keep in mind that artificial restrictions like recoil or aiming restrictions on movement are a no-go. Besides that they promote camping, there is no reason that the computer disallows me to aim unrealistically good in any game situation – even if I shoot with 1000 mp/h from mid air. My game has to exploit the potential of actually being a game. My game has to put challenge, fun and balance above realism.

    3. Mental challenge

    My game should provide strategical/tactical depth. A mental challenge just as exciting as the motorical. And that with a minimum amount of artificial restrictions.

    I’m basically looking for the definitive game for defintitive gamers. A game that is designed according to what gaming means in the literal meaning of the word, rewarding pure activity, providing highest mental and motorical challenge in the most unrestrictive way. The definitive game.

    Thanks in advance for your time and answers!
    Austin M: If you don’t even bother reading a simple text while still presuming to comment it, why should I think that you’re competent to answer my question? You are not.

  • Seth

    Currently, I have a 2wire. It sucks and I’m going to scrap it once I can figure out what I’m doing. That said, I’d be using my laptop one floor up (pass insulation and several other range blockades) and 50 ft away from where the router/modem currently sits.

    Conditions
    *as of now, the signal doesn’t even reach half way to my room
    *I don’t have a phone line in my room to set up dsl
    *I don’t have cable (but do I need it to use a cable modem)?
    *I need to be able to support 2 computers and 2 360s (unless there is a way to keep the 2wire on and let it support the one desktop and xbox wirelessly, and have a second modem/router support my room by itself)
    *I use to hook my xbox to my laptop because my 360 still doesn’t have the wireless receiver. I’ll buy one once I can get wireless to reach my room.
    *I’ve considered getting a repeater, but I’ve read so many problems with them dropping signals, and that’s a “no no” for gamers. (unless you know of a repeater that has never had that problem with a 2wire)
    *If I do go wired with my laptop in my room, what can I use that will not require a phone line? What does it need?

    Other than xbox, I play mmorpgs, so I need a reliable connection that won’t lag or drop. Even when I had a linksys G, I ran into that problem. Now, I can barely play the games unless I’m hooked up to the modem, making my laptop’s wireless capabilities all but useless.

    I’ve read some things about hooking up a modem directly to your computer. What would I need for that setup? What has worked best for you?

    Furthermore, I’m pretty much a moron when it comes to technical jargon so I really need plain english, or at least links to clear definitions of those techy-terms.

  • Thomas A

    BACKSTORY (optional)
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    I have just been banned on world of warcraft for economy exploitation… yeah I don’t know either.(I also just started playing after a 6 month long break — haven’t even had time to go to the ah) I’ve also been banned from runescape from macroing, that I could see coming because even though I was playing legit, I was playing 10 hours a day while watching the dvd set of smallville.
    __________________________________________________________
    Question
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    I would like to know what would be the best mmorpg for me. I have just recently bought a new desktop computer(specs below).

    I like a game like runescape, with alot of tradeskills, and stuff I can do besides just running around and grinding.
    I also like wows aspect of questing, such as you level by questing, and their very easy to find(not like runescape, where you grind for levels to do the quest, then you take hours to do it)

    now for some stuff I can just put in a big list
    – good graphics(would like to get the most out of my new pc :D)
    – nice economy
    – nice community
    – player customization( such as race/class/gear — not like rs where all gear is JUST a different color than the last set)
    – (optional) good end game stuff, like raids or good pvp
    – (optional) pvp isn’t unbalanced, like warlocks and pallys used to be
    – (optional) complicated move combinations, so that I won’t get owned by 10 year olds that bought their gear — even if my opponent has good gear, I can trump them with skill
    __________________________________________________________
    HP – Pavilion Elite Desktop with AMD Phenom II X4 910 Quad Core Processor specs
    __________________________________________________________
    #
    Processor
    AMD Phenom™ II X4
    #
    Processor Speed
    2.6GHz
    #
    Cache Memory
    2MB on die Level 2 + 6MB on die Level 3
    #
    System Memory (RAM)
    8GB
    #
    Type of Memory (RAM)
    PC3-8500 DDR3 SDRAM
    #
    Hard Drive Type
    Serial ATA (5400 rpm)
    #
    Hard Drive Size
    1TB
    #
    Graphics
    ATI Radeon HD 4350
    #
    Video Memory
    512MB (dedicated); up to 3579MB total available as allocated by Windows Vista
    #
    MPEG
    Yes
    #
    Audio
    High-definition audio (8-speaker configurable)
    Copied from bestbuy.com — http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=9366553&st=hp+pavilion+elite+desktop+with+amd+phenom+II+x4+910+quad+core&lp=1&type=product&cp=1&id=1218092151542
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    Asus 20″ widescreen flat panel LCD HD monitor specs
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    #
    Response Time
    5 ms
    #
    Brightness
    300 cd/m²
    #
    Vertical Frequency
    56Hz – 76Hz
    #
    Horizontal Frequency
    29Hz – 83KHz
    #
    VGA Input
    Yes
    #
    DVI-D Input
    No
    #
    DVI-D with HDCP Input
    Yes
    #
    HDMI Input
    No
    #
    ENERGY STAR Qualified
    Yes
    copied from bestbuy(didn’t know what’s important info on monitor) — http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=9367892&st=Asus+20%22+widescreen+flat+panel+LCD+HD+monitor+specs&type=product&id=1218092611086
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    Feel free to list p2p mmorpgs to, with the expense of the computer, I’m going to have to wait before I can afford to start paying a subscription

  • jdfan

    My wife and I are two TOTALLY different people. This would be fine and dandy because opposites attract, but this is actually becoming a family catastrophe! She believes things should be “this way” and I believe things should be “that way” and I see her point of view but I still think that my way is better, she doesn’t even see my point of view and says that her way is the only way that is “acceptable”… Ugh, make it (cuss)ing stop!

    So today I proposed that my wife and I would write down our morals, beliefs, values, and our ideas on separate & private pieces of paper then in a few days we can compare them and make our life more unison. This is going to require change from both people, but constantly being in a tug-o-war with your wife over how life should be lived is aggravating!!! The children are getting mixed messages from both of us, I am getting mixed messages from her, and she is getting mixed messages from me; it’s just one huge cluster (cuss)…

    I know most people do what I’m trying to do before marriage, before children, and before even dating; but we were your typical “fools rush in” relationship… We met when I was 19 and her 20, we had sex on day one, we moved in after month one, she was one month pregnant after month two, we were engaged year two, and we were married year four; during all that time we were actually enjoying each other’s irresponsible company (video games, movies, anime, tv shows, books, MMORPGs, etc) but when it came down to the reality and real life stuff, we didn’t start talking about that until the real life stuff was starting to affect our lives and we needed an IMMEDIATE answer…

    So yes, we were (cuss)ing stupid children for not using our brains when we first met but if you heard our childhood stories you’d understand why things unfolded the way they did… Now, 11 years later, I am trying to stop acting like (cuss)ing stupid children and do this right; but I don’t know where to begin since we differ in so many ways! Not to mention, my wife is a very rigid, sexist, closed and narrow minded, narcissistic woman; so to get her to be swayed on ANY of her (unrealistic) beliefs is going to be difficult since not even logic can penetrate her rigidity… So does anyone have advice for me before going into this exercise?

  • John G

    I’m in the middle of divorce, I’m moving, I have hardly any money to survive and my life is changing entirely. My heart is shattered, but I must find my way in life, to carry on financially. I am at the bottom, I can only climb up, but I am having a hard time with where to go. I just don’t know what’s out there and what I might like. I take personality tests, but they come out with very generic answers.

    Previously I have worked with web companies. I am beginning to consider the idea of going back to school. I have no idea what I should do, I am feeling lost. I’d love to hear about unique jobs or interesting careers that might be good for someone like me.

    And now for some run on sentences…

    I am introverted, have low confidence (working on that), not athletic, have no previous college experience, I have stage fright, not good with presentations, not into traveling, hate customer service, I am not an artist, I cannot play an instrument. I am a good person, I don’t wish to have a job that involves criminal types or criminal activity. I do not feel I’m smart enough to own my own company or manage one.

    I am open to keeping odd hours, I love music, historic buildings, great with computers, I enjoy writing poetry and blog style writing, reading, learning, thinking, sometimes working with my hands but also my brain, I am not good at math; but numbers and patterns are interesting, I’m very organized and good with instruction and procedures, I have a good eye for consistences and detail, but I don’t have a very good memory. I play MMORPGs and am very good at making game money, but can’t seem to apply that knowledge to real life. I have a touch of OCD, I like things to be a certain way, this is a benefit but can hinder me at times. I like making people happy, though I am shy and not the best with words in person. I have written long technical documents, worked with multi-billion dollar global companies and also very small ones. I like working from home and in an office; I don’t mind either one, but I like to have a life on the side. I enjoy editing and making videos for youtube in my free time. I like to be good at what I do and strive to get better, to grow and accomplish more.

    I tried my best to say some of my good and bad, I hope that helps get a picture. Is there something out there for someone like me?
    I appreciate any/all advice anyone has for me. Thank you for reading.

  • llb443

    So i’ve heard about the nre gigabyte thing and i want to avoid any additoinal charges but i also like playing MMO games i have 25GB a month and play about 2 hours weekdays and 6-8 hour weekends i know 1000mb = 1gb so dose that mean i have to play 1000 hours to use 1?

  • Spider Pc

    A few hours ago, I came up with an idea for an online MMORPG that I found to be pretty awesome. However, I wanna know what you guys think, and I wanna find out if the idea’s already been taken. (I doubt it, but who knows?) Anyway, here’s the concept, I basically took the idea of the movie Kick-Ass, added some elements from the Grand Theft Auto series, as well as other famous MMORPGs like World of Warcraft.

    In this game, the player is capable of creating his or her own costumed vigilante or criminal. The choice is completely up to the player. The player will be responsible of making a name for him/herself by either fighting crime or causing it. The player can obtain experience by stopping crimes that occur on the streets, or causing it. Some of these crimes, would include muggings, bank robberies, shootings, arson, assault, drug trafficking, and several others. In addition, the player can also make alliances with multiple organizations, including the police, gangs (street gangs and mafia type gangs), drug cartels, the government, and other vigilantes/criminals. In those cases, the player would do missions for them for money and respect, while causing rival parties to dislike you. The player can also create “crews” with other heroes or villains (other online players), and they can also start rivalries with other ones.

    Another aspect of the game would be “karma”. A player’s character doesn’t have to be completely good or bad. You could be a ruthless, yet well-meaning anti hero, or you can be a well-mannered, yet extremely dangerous villain. The karma scale would go from -100 to 100. Basically, cold blooded villain to clean, perfect hero. Players can do whatever they want, whether it’s good or bad, at any time.

    As for abilities and such, you would start out as a small-time “wannabe” with limited abilities. However, by getting experience, you can upgrade your outfit, get more powerful weapons, and make a better name for yourself. There would also be a huge variety of weapons in the game. This includes knives, swords, firearms, crossbows, nunchucks, baseball bats, chainsaws, and super-weapons such as flame throwers and rocket-launchers. You can obtain weapons by buying them at stores, or picking them up from where other players had left them. Each weapon has pros and cons. Stabbing people can be a good option, due to the fact that it’ll make the kill look discrete, however, it’s ineffective with large groups of enemies. Firearms are better at getting the job done, but they are harder to obtain, and due to the noise, the cops will be all over you if they find out you’re using them to kill people (however, if you’re allied with them, they’ll let you use them for crime fighting purposes only). If the cops do find you breaking the law, you’ll have to outrun them, and change from your costume, back into your normal, civilian clothing. As for items, the player would be able to buy cars, new weapons, new costumes, and other stuff.

    Furthermore, even though the costumed vigilantes in the game start out as normal human beings who just happen to have weapons, you can become a true “superhero” be getting superpowers. If your character gets involved in an accident involving certain chemicals, or something along those lines, you can get superpowers. In addition to that, you can also volunteer to have a scientist experiment on you in order to give you some, however, it will cost a lot of money.

    As for the location, the game would be set in a large, dangerous, American city, but I think it would be a good idea for the player to be able conduct business in other cities in America, as well as the world too, but only if you can pay for a plane ticket.

    Like I said, this game will be an “open world” game. In addition to completing missions given by organizations, the player can also do whatever he/she wants. The possibilities should be endless.
    Anyway, that pretty much wraps up my idea. If this idea has been taking, let me know. If it hasn’t been taken, let me know what you guys think.
    I think this will be different from DC Universe, because this won’t be set in that universe, or anything similar. It’ll be much more realistic, and the player will have a lot more freedom. It’ll be a “sandbox” game.
    It probably wouldn’t be considered a ripoff, considering how similar some other MMORPGs are, like World of Warcraft and Skyrim.

  • Clayton Cottrell

    I saw this one flight combat MMO game. It’s not Heroes in the Sky but something different. I think it was made by a Canadian or American company.

  • Malcolm Hudson

    I’ve already tried Maplestory(really liked it) and am now looking for a new mmo just like it. If their aren’t any like it could u list any good f2p mmorpgs. Thanks.