I don’t know why we seek to do it, but we always seem to want to change – or in most cases, have others change because we aren’t in a position to do so – something that is good and fun.
I know a lot of people are seeking innovation and want something new, but maybe they’re looking in the wrong place?
What am I talking about?
I’m talking about this post from Wolfshead.
On one hand I can empathize with what he’s saying because I’ve often posted much the same (as have several others). They want something new. They want a new MMO that will get us back into what ever memory of MMOs we previously had… but it’s got to be new!
Sometimes you need to break out of a given genre or try something different within that genre rather than try to change the genre entirely.
I found myself getting a little bored of the whole fantasy type of genre in the books I was reading. Did I complain to Terry Goodkind or George R.R. Martin or David Eddings or Raymond E. Feist or Glen Cook and demand they make a new fantasy genre? Come on! Innovate! Come up with something new!
No, I switched authors and delved a little more into the sci-fi genre.
Well okay, I took a look at what Glen Cook was writing in the sci-fi genre, but only after I took a stab at a detective novel (which I’m still having a hard time getting into). Admittedly, I enjoyed the sci-fi novel.
I also took a look at the non-traditional medieval type fantasy setting and picked up The Way of the Shadows by Brent Weeks. I have to admit, I loved it. All 600+ pages of it.
Well, there were a few parts that were … dark, but overall it was a great story with somewhat of an Oriental cast to it. It was really something else. I’m looking forward to some free time so I can get into the second book of the series.
Oh, coming back to my point…
Step back and consider the innovation and growth of other game genres? FPS are pretty much what they were only better stories and more graphic. RTSes are much the same too.
MMOs aren’t broken, maybe you’re just bored with them and should be looking at another genre?
EDIT: One hundred billion imaginery and valueless points to anyone that finds where my other hand went.