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Thought of the Day: “Sandboxing the Themepark” or “Themeparking the Sandbox”

With all the debate about whether themepark of sandbox MMOs are better, what if someone were to create a title where you could control your experience? You could actually choose if you wanted it to be completely on-rails from glitzy start to epic finish, or if you wanted to go off of the beaten path, either altogether, or in small doses. Would that shut everyone up?

Categories: Sandbox, Themepark
  1. December 6, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Someone would invariably complain about too much choice- lazy developer, etc. 😀

  2. Tesh
    December 8, 2010 at 12:24 am

    I doubt it.

    As Heinlein noted:
    “Political tags — such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth — are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire.”

    I’d suggest that there’s a similar divide among gamers; those who want freedom and those who want a controlled ride. There’s a fundamental rift between those philosophies. Sure, the game might have something for everyone, but as we’ve seen in WoW, there will be those complaining that their preference isn’t the baseline, and they can’t be bothered to change their own approach. If there was a control toggle or slider for the “on rails”ness of the game, people would whine that they have to use it.

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