Saturday, June 13, 2009
MMO weekend at Steam
This weekend many MMOs on Steam are at least 20% off. You can get EVE Online and Age of Conan for half price, and EQ2 The Shadow Odyssey for 75% off. I was toying for about half a minute with the idea of buying EVE for 7.49, but then quickly realized it wasn't the cost that keeps me from playing that game. It's the fact that there is no 100% safe way to play EVE without getting ganked. So, I'll still wait for that EVE PvE server, or Jumpgate Evolution, or some other PvE space game.
Syncaine has a good post up about EVE. It's well written, so I don't really see why he felt the need for a sensationalist and provocative title of "Why your MMO is dying, and EVE is still growing", which just leads to people pointing out that at the current rate of "dying" and "growing", EVE will surpass WoW in the year 2078.
Unfortunately the skill point constantly growing with real time system Syncaine likes so much is also keeping new players out. In a game like World of Warcraft it is hard to catch up to the people in the endgame. In EVE it is downright impossible. Basically, the more money you paid to CCP in the past in monthly fees, the more powerful your character is. RMT at its worst.