I’ve been writing a little bit more for MMOGames lately and while the posts hadn’been released for a bit it seems the New Year is the perfect time. So let’s get into it.
A fun first one was a post looking at the official The Secret World merchandise that opened up with Funcom’s new online storefront. I love the idea of game merchandise and TSW has such rich theming, lore and character design that it should be an easy slam dunk but no – we got half-assed lazy designs printed on a basic tee with no thought of the product itself. It reeks of lack of effort.
And with that thought in mind I thought of 10 merchandise items that I’d actually want to see – and buy. Items that take the best elements of the world while still being within the realm of possibilities.
It seems another start to a year where people in the MMO community are feeling a little lost again. We all seem to look forward at times like these to see how the industry is going and what we ourselves have to look forward to. Last year wasn’t great unfortunately so I think this longing and looking onwards was magnified – and mostly you come up a little blank. There are no big MMOs to look forward to, either Eastern or Western really.
Me though I always seem to be rather hopefully for the future, and MMO experiences I’ve yet to enjoy. Even though I rant and rage, generally spreading my personal blend of cynicism it’s a feeling that I keep contained in thoughts of the present rather than the future. Even with MMOs I may attack with a fervent rage, I still see elements of wonder within them. It ain’t all bad after all and this is what I tried to channel in this posts of Anticipated MMOs in 2016
And now, after talking about the positives is the complete counter to that though with my review of The Exiled, formerly Das Tal. I want to like indie games and MMOs, I really do but there was absolutely nothing I enjoyed about The Exiled and no way I can see it possible getting to be an experience worthy of my time. It’s a small team, and they do have some interesting ideas and the foundation design is solid – it’s just something that is lacking the scope and polish needed to ever compete.