I got inspired by this post over at lowered expectations. Thank you sir, for stirring my blood a bit on a subject that has been bugging me for about a year now: gamers.
I’ll put this out there right now: Rift is the “Jesus” game you guys have been waiting for the last 5 years. All the talk, and the podcast discussions (…yes..I miss it…), the blog entries about “Innovation! DEAR GOD INNOVATION!!” is in Rift right now and for some reason, gamers are still not satisfied. Gamers are still looking for that perfect mistress that will never, ever come to them….and if she ever does, it will end up being like Weird Science all over again. It’s not the games that are the problem guys…it’s you. You, my dear gamers, are running around chasing tails and I’m here to tell you that it’s YOUR tail that you are chasing…not someone else’s.
In Trion, you have a HUGE mix of talent that has:
(a) Given you all the standard MMO stuff that you are use to: Maps. UI. Quest Journals. Quest Helpers. Character Paper Dolls. Skill Trees. Stats. Action Bars. Levels. etc…etc…etc.
(b) Given you something different to play with: Rifts, Souls, Invasions, Footholds.
This studio has been hugely available to the gaming community in many different formats that’s it’s getting hard for me to count. Tell me…how often has a Blizz dev been on a community podcast?
Yet still…ya consume and consume…theeeeeennnn ya bitch and bitch and bitch. Seriously. If you find yourself in this camp of gamers then I suggest that you’ve gotten soft. You’ve let yourself go to the point were you need to take up a more difficult genre and get your mojo back. Here…I’ll get ya started. You need to take a breath, look in the mirror and re-evaluate where you came from because I’m not recognizing the culture that is forming out there right now.
True. Rift has it’s flaws….and that is the nature of artistic software (…see what I did there…heh…), but it has all the ingredients that make a great game. A while back I said that this game is Trion’s to screw up. I may have to change this to say that this game will be huge loss for gamers if they don’t get off their ass and….like Lowered Expectations suggest…put some effort into actually caring about their hobby again.