If I told a crowd of Southern Baptist that Jesus was not divine, I would not be a very popular person. If I went to down-town Toronto and said “LEAFS SUCK!!”, I would also not be a very popular person (…despite how much they do truly suck…). Hmmm…actually, as an Ottawa fan, I think I would be more comfortable with the Baptist situation. My point? Oh…some have clearly identified their team, their savior from the repeatative life they have in WoW (…or whatever game…).
They have had 2-3 years of Video Blogs, Dev Logs, Newsletters, video spots, GDCs, AGCs…telling them at every turn that this will be the one….the one game that will help you with your problem. Will give you the RvR….Public Quests…Tome of Knowledge…and BIG HUGE THINGS MUTATING….WAR WILL BE EVERYWHERE…WAAAAAAGH. Please.
Some say, that I drank the SOE kool aid when I mentioned that DCU and other games hold some hope that the game mechanics that we’ve seen for the last 10 years will be shaken up a bit. Maybe I did, fine. But…for some reason….nobody ever mentions the Mythic kool aid and how some have not only drank Mythic kool aid, but are starting to make their own. Somehow, in the minds of these WAR theists, it’s perfectly OK to drink one, but not the other. OK to be a fanboi, but not to say “yeah but…”. OK to drink one….but not the other. Weird how that works.
In walks Brent. Now, I’ll be one of the first to tell Brent that he’s fuckin crazy. Ask him…cause I’ve told him more than once, that…yeah…you’re fuckin crazy (…a chicken and ducktap???Are you fuckin crazy!!!?!…). This article is not even close. What this boils down to is not a criticism of a game itself, i.e. WAR, but of the game elements that WAR uses to present the experience to the player. That main thrust is being lost because he said “yeah but…”. I’ve made similar comparisons to LOTRO, EQ2 and others…I think we’ve all criticized these games from “WoW borrowing”…yet, somehow, that’s ok to do. Buuuut…if WAR does it, that’s innovative and bringing something new to the genre, because look…they now have public quests. It’s like buying the same Barbie doll because she now has a new purse accessory.
So…since I have the power to promote Michael Zenke up the MMO journalist ladder, I think I can now declare WAR as the new Third Rail of MMOs. WoW fanbois will have NOTHING over WAR fanbois. Illogical WoW rabidness will be crushed by these guys day one.
So sit back WAR fanbois….cause I’m not done pissing on your cornflakes yet. Every Religion needs its Atheists.
See you in game. I’ll be the guy they’re beating up on the most in RvR.