T. Elliot “Myscha the Sled Dog” Cannon, formerly known for working on really good games, hating Crossroads of Dereth and calling me “fat kid”, posted his somewhat opinionated thoughts on why current MMOGs suck.
I’m also not to list of obvious bullshit like “the user interface needs to be intuitive.” Well NO SHIT? You mean after 10,000 years of making TOOLS we never considered that?
“Oh we can’t have players having every skill in the game oh no then everyone would be a god and that would unbalance things!”
Well guess what happens? Players become gods ANYWAY. They figure out how to bypass the limitations placed on them, they adjust game play styles to do things such as Kiting or feigning death as a puller, or Taming Nightmares to do you dirty work for you. (or exploit) No matter what you do, ultimately characters become as godly as the system will allow, despite the designer’s attempt to actually try and LIMIT you from becoming “too powerful”
Czech it out… long, but good read.