I believe that Minecraft is the future of massive multiplayer games, and I'm surprised that none of the big developers/publishers have cottoned onto it yet.
They look at Minecraft and think its success is down to its business model, or to its blocky, retro charm.
It's down to the fact that you get out of it what you put into it.
With a MMORPG, there are pre-scripted quests. With Minecraft, you set the quests yourself or others.
User created content is the key. All you have to do is provide the players with the tools to build.
There are two types of gamer: wall builders and wall breakers.
Wall builders are the ones that spend an age in an RTS game getting their base just right. They play SimCity and act as Dungeon Master during an RPG.
Wall breakers are the type to follow the mission brief. They get set a quest and they follow it. They're the Call of Duty crowd and they're never more happy than when they're making progress through a game world.
If a title existed that allowed the former to create content for the latter to play through, with all the trappings of a big title like World of Warcraft, you'd have a killer game. One that would never run out of content.
They were talking about a possible online version of Fallout a little while back. My dream version of this game would be akin to Minecraft: There are no missions. You are simply ejected into the wasteland and told to fend for yourself. Players would gather to build villages and scour the environment for resources. Stories and narrative would be born purely of this player interaction, not pre-scripted missions.
Somebody plays the DM and controls the monsters, 4 other players play the group.
not just because of the game itself but how cheap its developers are
when minecraft officially released they didn’t really add anything meaningful to the game.
they just slapped on a garbage hunger mechanic to give people the illusion that they care about making the game immersive, and paid mod developers to include their mods in the final game. I like the idea of minecraft of how you can shape the world and set your own goals of what to accomplish, but i think that the motivation and desire to make a great game out of minecraft disappeared when its popularity exploded. And my visions for minecraft becoming a great, immersive game that inspires creativity faded away.
maybe after minecraft styled games become popular and more developers get into it, like in Windborne, the game i dreamed about before can become a reality, eventually.
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So, you want the finished version of Day Z?
I mean if people just interact with each other, eventually they will be able to realize in that world everything they couldn't in the real world.
Like, if some gang is pissing off some people in a fantasy world they can just band together to form a unit that their mission will be to stop them and it was a mission completely created by them.
Basically, everything you want to do in real life you could do in the game with the only restriction being the games genre and your imagination.
The other players will have to go through traps, monsters, puzzles, and other crazyness in order to get to a chest that contains...
The rage quits will be epic. XD
But seriously, wouldn't the Wall Builders do the hiding? If you're going to make a castle, why wouldn't you put something awesome in it? lol
That's what I do in minecraft, anyway.
I think another appeal to minecraft is that everyone is equal. Sure the more time you spend, the bigger the build or whatnot...but you don't have to spend days and days of play time and still see someone who is better equipped!
When playing online, it is a great place to socialise!
is how I wish more supposedly modern 'AAA' games would approach their design processes. They build deep immersive universes filled with interesting places and people, but insist on doing things in a very linear, hands off fashion.
A game in the vein you have suggested, would indeed be killer and I for one am looking forward to when a company, big or small, takes a chances and does something like this.