Stratics, the network that wants you to be sure you understand that they have a “royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive right and license to use, copy, modify, display, distribute and reproduce all such materials in any form, media, software or technology of any kind now existing or developed in the future” when you post your screenshots in their forums, has posted an interview with Raymond Feist, author of the Midkemia series of novels (basis for, among other things, the Krondor series of CRPGs.) Among other things, he was asked his opinion of current MMOGs.
Ultima [Online] was rich in imagery, but chaotic. It made no sense that as soon as I entered the game, a cat attacked me, until I read about “PKs” and discovered that if you took the skill “pets” and had a cat or dog that killed some character, you got the points and goodies.
ph33r the PK KITTENS. Biyotch. Be sure to check out the rest of his incredibly informed opinions on MMOGs (according to him, storytelling in MMOGs is really hard, so we probably shouldn’t bother) here.