Way too much time on gaming news sites is wasted talking about MMORPGs. WAY too much time, considering that they tend to all be basically the same story. So, to help out my fellow journalists, I’ve written some MMORPG news story templates. Here’s the first:
A long-awaited MMORPG was released today. The game is based on either a popular fantasy or science fiction franchise or a long running video game series. Fans of the franchise have been waiting for an opportunity to see an open, free-roaming version of the franchise’s world for many years. The game will focus on PvP combat. To help the game compete against smash hit World of Warcraft, the game will have (here, just fill in the single feature the designers have half-assed to slightly differentiate it from The Only Popular MMO In America ™, for example, sex, nudity, minigames where you earn currency, or vaguely “enhanced” PvP). This seems like a really exciting new setting for an MMO. Will it be able to compete with World of Warcraft? I can’t wait to see!