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21 February, 2016

Ninelives and the single-player MMO experience
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 8:13 AM

Back in the early days of my MMO development career, a question developers asked ourselves was, “Would MMOs still be fun with nobody else around?” The consensus was, “probably not,” as a lot of MMO gameplay was pretty thin and it was really the social interactions that were the focus.

Obviously things are a little different some 18 years later. But, perhaps it’ll be interesting to examine that question in more depth given a more modern context. And a new game Ninelives gives the perfect excuse to look at this question, as it is essentially an MMO without other players.
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16 February, 2016

The MMO vs. single-player open world
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 7:23 AM

Chris Hughes over at Through Wolfy’s Eyes got into a discussion with Syl about solo play. I’ve been writing up a piece on that topic, so I found the discussion interesting.

I left a comment that I think cuts to the heart of the issue: What does an MMO give you that a solo open world RPG like Skyrim doesn’t?
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