Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Random quote

I can't help but post this excellent quote I found the other day.

Don't feel entitled to anything you don't sweat and struggle for.” 
Marian Wright Edelman (1939 – ) American activist
Founder of the Children's Defense Fund 
This is something we have forgotten in our MMO experiences, something that has changed the face of the MMO's from a challenge to entertainment.

Because the current trend in MMO's is to make them appeal to everyone and grant the instant gratification to the player whatever s/he does. This doesn't involve sweat nor struggle, but everyone is entitled to this because they pay for their play time. It's more like a RMT shop rather than a game with a challenge.

Where everyone with a credit card can have a sparkling pony and half of the empire, the works.

EDIT (Thanks Spinks for pulling my sleeve): The question really is, what are we entitled to by paying for the month of game time? To use the virtual world the way we can and are ready to work for, or to the whole show?

By purchasing something like Dragon Age or Oblivion, you are entitled to the contents of the game, but you are also required to work for the possibility to get to the end. You are not immediately handed out the whole story, that would be a click a story solution.

No MMO will be like that. At least I sincerely hope so.