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2D MMORPGs Age Better Than 3D MMORPGs

Posted on: April 25, 2010

One interesting thing I’ve noticed is that 2D MMORPGs seem to age much better than 3D MMORPGs. This is likely because 2D games don’t rely too heavily on realistic ‘good’ graphics. This is definitely a good thing, because as graphics get better and better, games like Runes of Magic and Dungeons and Dragons Online which once had ‘top notch’ graphics, now only have ‘decent’ graphics. In a couple of years, these games will have ‘bad’ graphics. Games like MapleStory and Wonderking on the other hand had ‘decent’ graphics when they were first released, and still have ‘decent’ graphics today and will have ‘decent’ graphics in the future. If I were an MMORPG developer, I’d opt to do something 2D, as it’s guaranteed to survive longer, provided that my game is actually decent.

I don’t mean to bash on 3D games, as I love games like Allods Online and Aika, but in five years time, so many people won’t even try these games because they’ll have such lousy graphics. It’s awesome that technology is advancing so fast, but it’s also a bad thing for these games. Big budget pay to play MMORPGs like World of Warcraft can afford to update their graphics engine every couple of years, but for free to play games, it’s a rarity. I actually prefer cute MMORPGs or Anime MMORPGs, as I just find games with brightly themed graphics to be easier on the eyes.

There are so many older 3D MMORPGs that looked great when they first came out, but look terrible today. I know it’s hard to imagine people saying “Dungeons and Dragons Online has bad graphics”, but in the future, when graphics improve, it’s going to happen.

Well, what does everyone else thing? Do you folks prefer 2D or 3D games? any why?

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