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Awesome: 'TERA Online: Guild Main/Alt list to be completed by this W...' by TheRealDestian
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about a year ago
"This is one of the best expressed explanations I've ever read on why developer made story lines in MMOs are largely irrelevant, and why open PvP/factions/alliances write themselves."
Check out Gabe's news post today!
Wonder who he is and what server he's on...
Here are my thoughts on story in themepark MMOs...
In any game, the story is only ever as valid as it is TRUE. In the case of themepark MMOs, the story is a straight up lie
The quest NPC says "These lizardmen keep attacking us! Please kill 10 of them!" but you can watch those lizardmen for hours and plainly see that they never do anything but mill around in that field...endlessly...
The lie gets bigger in faction-based games like WoW or SWTOR. Guess what? No matter how many of the enemy you kill, nothing changes. It's a war that stays static and unchanging until the moment the developer decides, "Okay, this city here was sacked." with absolutely no effort or influence from the players.
They can say "Game mechanics, blah, blah" until hell freezes over: if the game mechanics aren't going to allow for it, don't lie to me in the first place by acting as though my actions are meaningful, even though they clearly aren't.
And frankly, games where you "kill the big badguy" are a colossal insult to the intelligence of the player. We all know that we didn't ACTUALLY kill him, and we know that because we go back next week to do it again.
Want to know what the story in Tera is going to be? It's when WANG and BMC have to team up and ally with other guilds to take on the Goons in the elections as we struggle against them for control over the server. THAT is Tera's REAL storyline, and it's going to be more interesting and meaningful than all of the repeatable content in every other themepark MMO ever made.