Friday, April 22, 2011 | 7It is very difficult to capture the excitement of being hunted in a MMORPG for the first time. Back when virtual men were virtual men, bandits and murderers were commonplace and when you inevitably got liquefied by a superior opponent, death had tangible consequences. It was great!
In the late 90s, what got me hooked on online gaming was the concept that evil people were out to get me regardless of what I was doing. Eventually, I evolved, and became what I feared (circle of life, yada yada). Sissies complained, but ultimately kept playing and learned to enjoy it due to lack of a safer option. Looming over the horizon was a relatively harmless attempt at regulating player versus player combat, but the result destroyed PvP forever.
In case you don't get it, consensual PvP in all its forms is the worst thing to happen to online gaming in history.
Think about what would happen if someone decided that they were going to give the impoverished (or anyone) unlimited money on request with no strings attached. Terrifying, I know. Do you think they would take the money and use it to buy clothes to go to a job interview? No. They would take the money and spend it on whores, or booze.
Whores and booze are modern MMORPGs in this extremely unnecessary metaphor. Even though people would ultimately be happier living in a fantasy world that is spontaneous and full of adventure, they would never take the chance because they're being given doses of the weak stuff at zero risk to themselves. Why would they ever try and understand what the disgruntled players of yore are preaching, when they've been getting PvP on the reg from games where PvP serves absolutely no purpose.
I salute some of the more recent games for trying to resurrect the love of open world and full loot pvp, but sadly in the current situation, none of these games will ever achieve main stream success because publishers consider the equation untested and risky.
I hate to say it, but the only way there is ever going to be a passable open-PvP/full-loot MMORPG is if Blizzard makes it. They won't though.