As of late, there has been various sandbox mmo hitting the market. Most developers and players call these a sandbox because they feature full loot pvp. But is that all it takes to declare an MMO a sandbox? Add full loot pvp and it's now a sandbox? I think not. Full loot doesn't make an MMO a sandbox, nor does it make it hardcore. A sandbox MMO is an MMO where players are not restricted on various playstyles but instead, the game caters around having unlimited choices available to player rather than pre-destiny characters and stories.
In 2012, there was a lot hype about how Guild Wars 2 was going to be the next popular MMO. Many believe that the game may even topple World of Warcraft in active players. For years, the mmo market have be saturated with games that were close carbon copies of World of Warcraft, and so finally, the MMO market wanted something new. And many thought Guild Wars 2 would fulfill the market demand. However, like all the prior MMOs before it, Guild Wars 2 came up short, especially for me.
I am starting to notice that MMO developers are taking steps to divert from the main stream formula of MMORPGs. They’re realizing that players want to be able to play a game in a world of endless possibilities and not in a world that’s predefined. Players want to be shopkeepers, fishermen, pirates, thieves, tamers, or adventures, all doing their own thing in their own way. I must say I am happy that developers are taking this initiative.
I recently watched a video about the Nullsec Pendulum War that took place in the early years of Eve Online. The video begins with an Eve online historian Andre Groen talking about the initiation of an alliance called Ascendant Frontier (ASCN). The ASCN was formed with the sole purpose of overthrowing another alliance whom many of its members hated, the Red Swarm Federation (RSF). I guess it goes to show that if you piss off enough people they will band together to harass you in the end. But more to the point, the ASCN was able to defeat the red swarm federation down to a fraction of its former self and after achieving their goal the ASCN alliance decided to go their separate ways ignoring the RSF as a threat.
Services. Yes, I did start an incomplete sentence with just one word, a word that is important to any real economy. Of course most people are aware of the production side of an economy where products are produced to fulfill demands. However, there is also the service side of the economy, where services such as, delivery, telemarketing, landscaping, consulting and etc. are also provided.