I struggle every year with the question: “What do you want for Christmas?” The older I get, the harder it is to come up with things to put on the list that my Mom so adamantly requests. Asking for something is hard when my hobbies revolve around electronics and video games. I bought a Wii U before Thanksgiving, along with a handful of games. Cross that off the list. Graev and I own every game on our Holiday Buyer’s Guide. There aren’t a whole lot of games I really want, and the ones I do I already own or want to buy for myself during the Steam sale. How do you buy something for someone with a hobby that usually drives them to purchasing these things the second they are available? I usually fall back on, “You can pay off my student loans” but that doesn’t work so well.
On a less serious note, if you could have one kind of game for Christmas what would it be? I’m talking about the type of game (MMO, FPS), some details (themepark, MMOFPS), and specifics (skill based system / harsh death penalty). If you could open up a magical box on Christmas day and suddenly have that perfect game for you to play, what would it be?
I think mine would be a mixture of Dark Age of Camelot, EverQuest, Vanguard, and Darkfall/UO, and Skyrim, SWG, and every one of my favorite games. I won’t do the game my imagination has concocted any justice with words, but some of you will get it.
I’m itching for a community-driven game with sandbox interactions. I want the players to dictate the direction of the game, but I don’t want the entire game to be based around players fighting each other. A faction-based territory struggle would be at the heart of the end-game, providing purpose for players once they’ve had their fill of PvE. The key here is that PvE would still be a prominent part of the game.
I’d like to see player-made boats, houses, cities, and everything coming back to the player. I want a skill system like SWG/UO, with a point system similar to what Darkfall now uses. I’m really loving the type of combat Skyrim provides, and it would be awesome to have that in third-person (optional and fully supported first person). I’d want the world to be so big that players can’t travel across in one or even two play sessions. Meeting someone who started on the other side would mean swapping stories and learning about how players do things in their home land.
Then it all come down to the developers behind the game. I don’t want a major publisher or a management team trying to create the next WoW. I just want a company that identifies their target market, finds the players who want their game, and successfully creates the game for that market. I want the developers to know what success is, and not covet what another team was able to accomplish with an entirely different style of game for an entirely different market.
That’s what I want for Christmas. How about you?