Warhammer Online: A Change in Gaming?
It was not long ago where the only way to play a multiplayer game was to invite your friends over and have them grab the second remote to the Super Nintendo. Times have clearly changed.
The Internet allows people to play any game against each other from anywhere in the world, and since the advent of MMORPGs, now games involve teaming up and fighting an unlimited supply of quests together, in lands that seem to never end with the amount of content that groups can accomplish.
But even with those games like World of Warcraft (WoW) and other MMORPGs, there really isn’t the “need” to play with others. People do it, but groups are really optional, and people only join those groups with the intention of having fun with their friends or picking up the one gamer chick that logged on.
A Change Coming?
A new game, scheduled to be released this month, hopes to change that. Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning – one of the first games expected to actually compete with WoW, is rumored to finally be one of the first MMORPGs that not only encourages groups but requires them.
In Warhammer Online, there are supposed to be a significant number of quests and goals that you simply cannot beat on your own. Without a group you will find yourself constantly dying. And so, if you don’t have a number of friends that want to log in every day, you are going to have to team up with other Warhammer Online gamers and form groups with them that you can keep or disband at your leisure.
Is this a good idea on Warhammer Online’s part to make this group aspect such an integral part of the game? That remains to be seen. But at least we can see that the evolution of gaming continues to try to turn gaming into a community, rather than simply a hobby. It will be interesting to see if other games that follow Warhammer Online will try to continue that trend.
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