Computer Technologies and Information and Communication Technologies evolve and continue in their developments, so do computer games. I would like to dedicate this post to Ultima Online, World of Warcraft and Duke Nukem Forever.
Ultima Online was one of the first if not the first Multi – Massive Online Role Playing Game in 1997. that meant that hundreds and thousands of people (depending on the servers) could play together and fight each other in the same online environment. The graphics was state-of-the-art but due to its age, not the important thing. The important thing was the game flair which bound and still binds people to this game – even though it is quite old by now.
The next big step, even in the same genre, has been World of Warcraft with worldwide millions of players. WoW was similiar to other games at the same time – even though only a few acknowledge this fact. It was a bit more aimed at casual gamers and could of course tap the Warcraft community which was already large and existing due to other Warcraft games et cetera. The graphics was much better than Ultima Online but the game flair even though still nice was not as good anymore.
This is my perception with almost all games and their successors over the past fifteen years. The graphics have been comparatively weak but I liked the old games much more. Do I romanticize? Maybe. Some evaluations show that the difference between the games earlier were larger and more innovative. Maybe, it is only my age. With ten I appreciated these things much more than now. Actually, I have been asking this question to a lot of friends and no one was sure if it was the romantic aura of the past or just the lack of deep and good coded new games.
Duke Nukem Forever is going to be a must-buy. No one ever thought that this game will ever come out – thus its nick name Duke Nukem For-Never. It is clear from the beginning that the graphics will not be as good as state-of-the-art games but for sure, the flair is going to be nice. Maybe that game will be able to answer the question of my romantic past.