Yeah, headline is pretty blatant, isn’t it? Let’s face it people, this isn’t rocket science. IT’S A FICTIONAL GENRE. It’s a genre which you can easily research and pick up a few novels that are set in it. Crap, you can even go on the internet and find a RPG already set in a very unique universe that picks up on many of the right tones. (Yes, I’m talking about you, EtherScope. Feel proud.)
Actually, they did. Apparently they had to prove it to us that they did do their homework. Also, I’m not sure what an “exotional zenith” is. I thought those were reserved for porn sites, unless they’re trying to tell us something?
Remnants of Skystone is a game that really approaches the concept of steampunk better, but fails at their definition of MMO. “Single player side scrolling adventure” I get. But trying to call your “co-op adventure play” an MMO is like me trying to sell you this hamburger and call it a feast for 20 people. It’s cheap and not that filling. Just because you can visit someone’s house does not mean you’ve made an MMO. You’ve made a “I-can-visit-someone’s-house-multiplayer-online-game” or ICVSHMOG.
Sorry, I’m being too hard on them. Nice game, just not an MMO. Next.
Ah, The World of Gatheryn. A game that really is an MMO. All right, good job there. It also uses a Victorian era view of steampunk. Getting closer… It doesn’t have any f-ing Goron wannabies… getting even closer… casual game! Damn it!
Actually, it doesn’t look too bad for a game that bills itself as casual. It uses puzzles and mini-games as the main sources of conflict, and also pushes exploration and socialization, the two things I think games need more of in order to cater to all of the Bartle types.
Of course, most readers would then turn to me and say, “Aren’t you changing up the steampunk formula?”
Yes, but I’m not forgetting the basic tenents of the damn genre. My steampunk genre is still steampunk, if that makes sense. I didn’t change the genre itself, just the tone. Still has the same wonderous exploration, still has the same steam powered weapons and intrigue of your steampunk universe.
That’s how you change a genre without breaking it. Take notes here people.