I find the lack of console MMOs disturbing.
So I imagine we have made it pretty obvious that Keen spends most of his time playing PC games while I focus on playing games on about everything else. It’s not that I don’t like PC games or anything. Over time I just gravitated more towards the console scene. I actually grew up playing PC games, including MMOs. I must have been about 9 or 10 when we first got into The Realm and from there our fascination with the genre rapidly grew. When Everquest came out I remember tagging along with my brother as we went to buy our first graphics card. I didn’t know what the hell that was, but we needed it. Several of the floor computers at Best Buy were playing trailers for Everquest and I just stood there with my face glued to the screen. The game was, by far, the coolest thing I had ever seen. We got home, installed everything, and the rest is history. I’m sure Keen has probably chronicled our first moments in EQ at some point in time so I’ll spare you my reminissings, which are sure to be terribly hyperbolic and full of factual, albeit exciting, inaccuracies.
The years flew by and I began to drift more and more away from my PC roots. At some point in the lifecycle of the PS2 Sony announced Everquest Online Adventures, a prequel MMO that took place something like 400 years before the original EQ. I was super excited to play the game and even got into the beta. In fact I was so amped for the game that I got my dad to drive me 12 hours up to San Francisco just so I could attend the launch event and play the game. Curiously enough, I have no memory of where Keen was at this point in time or why he wasn’t as interested in this as I was. It’s almost as if he didn’t exist at this point in time… Well this is troubling. Anywho, I loved the game.
Ever since EQOA there haven’t been many console MMOs at all. Other than Final Fantasy XI and DCUO I just can’t think of any… at all. Well, that’s not entirely true. There have been lots of games announced, but they never came out. Lets see… True Fantasy Live Online – I think Microsoft scrapped it and screwed over Level-5. Huxley was supposed to be a console MMOFPS but I think that ended up being vaporware. Oh, and we can’t forget just about every PC MMO that claimed to be making a console version which never actually happened.
I would just really love to be able to experience another MMO on consoles. It’s even easier than ever what with all the advances we’ve had since the days of EQOA. Not to mention devices like the Wii U gamepad, which just beg to have an MMORPG played on them. Imagine using the touch screen for hotkeys, virtual keyboard, and about everything else you can’t do with just a controller. There is some hope, however. Dragon Quest X (I think it’s X), FFXIV (Yeah, I’ll believe it when I see it), and Bungie’s Destiny (kinda an MMO… ish) offer up a small light at the end of the tunnel, assuming they actually happen.
So, yeah, I just really would love to play a console MMO, but preferably one designed specifically for it and not a second fiddle to the PC version. Why do I want a console MMO? I don’t have a good reason, really. My computer is pretty old and I’m not a fan of mouse + keyboard. Plus, I’ve tried playing MMORPG’s like WoW while sitting on the couch and using my TV as the screen. There is just too much about it that doesn’t work. Hopefully in the future console MMOs will be a more common sight. I mean, it’s a fairly large and relatively untapped market, right?
Oh and PSO isn’t an MMO so don’t even go there.