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MMORPGs: just another stick in the MUD

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on February 26, 2008 by daggius
Yes friends, long before Everquest or World of Warcraft, MUDs (Multi User Dungeons) were already perfecting the online gaming concept that is so popular today. MUDs are text-driven, using descriptions of locations, characters, and events instead of graphics. Playing one is not unlike reading a great Choose Your Adventure book. On top of this, MUDs offer all the same gameplay action as MMORPGs, be it through quests, guilds, or player killing. These concepts have been built on since the first MUD was created in 1978! What’s more is you can totally log into your favorite MUD from that super sketchy computer in the library that can’t even open a browser.

Recap:

  • Same immersive atmosphere and gameplay as MMORPGs
  • None of the distracting graphics, noises, or monthly fees
  • Beefs up your reading and typing skills

Links:

  • Turf: The only MUD I’ve played, I can attest to its greatness. The player begins as a student in Oxford, and from here the game links to a number of fantasy and history worlds ranging from Ancient Greece to Star Wars.
  • Top MUD Sites: A helpful tracker/finder.
  • Are MUDs and MMORPGs the same thing?

2nd Skin

Posted in News with tags , , , , on February 10, 2008 by kingzardoz

There are some things I may never understand like why NASCAR is so popular or how I receive so much satisfaction from watching the movie Paycheck over and over. One question which stands out is why the hell are MMORPG’s so damn popular? Hopefully this documentary, 2nd Skin, which delves into the minds of seven MMORPG players will allow me to understand this phenomena/plague.

According to the website, 2nd Skin is a documentary on virtual worlds and the gamers who inhabit them. From the trailer it looks like the focus is on World of Warcraft specifically.

I have tried to play MMOs starting with some Ultima game back in 1997. That lasted for about three days. Recently I tried the 14 day trial in World of Warcraft. After countless hours in the land of Azeroth my character was a level 18 or 20 Necromancer named AnusTikler. Rewarding? No. I guess I should be happy that I keep asking why people play WOW instead of asking why not…