From: Chattanooga, Tennessee
Played WOW for years, wouldnt consider going back. Tried Eve, as you said its hard to get going. Didnt have the heart for it.
Regarding the Alienware rig ive wanted one for years, and now have a chance to buy it. Regarding Upcoming MMO's I think Guildwars2 looks really REALLY nice. I am conflicted about anything else as they dont seem to ring bells for me, a Fallout online would be nice! Oh the Warhammer 40k MMO is something id consider as well, but its some time down the road.
Anything else upcoming you all are watching? And why?
WOW is the only one I have found that is worth reinstalling and playing. The game has been balanced to a razer's edge and you can solo, raid, have small parties or PVP. The game has enough variety and areas that you can do any of those and have fun doing it. The game also has enough of a population to support the game and enough new content to keep it interesting. And all the small touches like weekend fishing tournaments and holidays make it a cut above.
The only other MMO I found worthy was Eve Online but it was damn near impossible to a new player to have any chance. Also 90% of the players are European and thus 5-7 hours ahead and I found it hard to find groups that spoke English. It is not very newbie friendly either.
Every question or concern I had about WOW was answered by a game master. In Eve I found it hard to even find game masters.
Eve is a game I would probably love if I had the time and I curse myself that I didn't find it about four years ago. The longer the play definitely the more advantage you have.
The only other MMO I am interested in is The Old Republic. But MMOs are things that you can never know about ahead of time. And they have a very low success rate. For every successful one (WOW, EVE, LOTR) there are five disasters. FF 14, Star Wars Galaxies (shudder), AION, Dungeons and Dragons Online, Guild Wars etc
And then there are those who are average to above average but because they are MMOs they are not worth the time investment or the money. Everquest 2 for instance. MMOs are such that unless you are retired or a super hardcore you can't play 2-3 at a time. WOW keeps me busy enough and requires a 8-12 hour investment a week if you are in a guild.
Finally, Alienware is a nice system but pretty unnecessary for a MMO. Most of them are not exactly pushing the cutting edge of hardware. They have to be designed for the mid-range to low end systems to maximize potential subscribers. You could probably get a system at half the price that would run it just as well.
A Warhammer 40k MMO would be awesome. But it would have to be heavy PvP or it just would not make sense. PvE in the 40k Universe would not make much sense.
There is indeed a Fallout MMO in the works that has been in development for some time. The game is not vapourware. The problem has been that development has started and stopped a half dozen times and changed developers. It seems that there is a question over who truely owns the Fallout license. The ashes of what is left of Interplay is making the MMO and claims they still own the IP. They claim that Bethesda can use the name and universe but only in a limited capacity.
Bethesda claims they own the IP and want to have the MMO canceled.
I have read the agreement and originally Bethesda in 2004 bought the rights for 3 RPG games and then in 2007 right before FO3 was released they purchased the entire license with Interplay retaining the rights to make an MMO.
Now the tricky part comes from Interplay agreeing to transfer right to a FO MMO to Bethesda UNLESS development begins within 24 months.
Interplay claims development has strated and Bethesda claims that they have been intentionally hiding the progress as well as providing misleading or downright false information.
I know you probably did not want all that. But this kind of stuff interests me.
Anyways, it would be awesome to see it happen but at this point it is in legal hell. What I wish would happen is Interplay drop their lawsuit and settle it by selling what they have over to Bethesda. Bethesda would then use their much more numerous resources to develop the MMO.
If Interplay develops it I think it has about a 25% chance of ever seeing a store shelf and a 10% chance of being worth playing.
If Bethesda took over I think those chances go up significantly.
The only other MMO I have my eye on is the Old Republic. A Star Wars MMO by Bioware who is a very talented developer.
They did the Baldurs Gate, Icewind Dale games. They make the Mass Effect Games, they made Dragon Age and also Knights of the Old Republic.
They are a very talented developer.