A few days ago, Wolfshead wrote something that I was thinking for a long time: I'm not a gamer (*). Hell, I just want to use my computer to play a character in a credible virtual fantasy world. That's all!
I do own a smartphone for quite some time now, but I could never figure out what's so great about playing games for a few minutes. It feels so wasteful; like watching a movie in three-minute segments. I, also, could never understand why people want to listen to music in the tram/train/bus. It's just a distraction!
Don't get me wrong: I'm not super-focused and efficient; or only if necessary, I guess. Usually I get distracted very easily. So easily, in fact, that I need no game to help me. There's so much stuff to think about when you sit in the tram/train/bus. Yesterday afternoon, after sports, I came up with four new topics to blog about; all within 5 minutes in the shower.
Oh, and I'm not a geek! I remember the few bits of the last Blizzcon that I streamed. This "embrace your inner geek" and stuff. I wrinkled my nose. I'd never pay to visit Blizzcon. In fact, I probably wouldn't go there if Blizzard payed the trip.
I'm not interested in the celebrities of this business. I'm not interested in "events". I'm not interested in the comics, the lore-books, or meeting the designers in person. Not the slightest. I just want to play a character in a credible virtual fantasy world. That's all!
Since that's not possible I started to blog about it. Then I started with armchair design. If the industry is too stupid to pull it off, I will either have to get into management to get rich enough to hire people to make my game, or I will find somebody who shares my interests and who already made all that otherwise useless money.
Honestly people: Modern games miss 90% of the features of Ultima Online! It's not about nostalgia; how could I be nostalgic about a game I never played? Modern games just don't have the features older games had! The market gap for a modern AAA credible virtual fantasy world is the size of a small galaxy by now.
* The "I'm not a gamer" article Wolfshead links is part of the problem. I'm not a "player", either.