UI Customization is fairly common. The problem is that after the 800lb. gorilla that is World of Warcraft was released customization isn’t enough. One of the biggest features that keeps people playing WoW is also one of the most misunderstood, UI Programming. The difference? UI Customization allows you to alter the look but not the feel of the UI. UI programming allows both.
Anyone who has followed the ebb and flow of Atheism in America during the past decade or two is well aware of the presumption by many theists that Atheists are somehow lacking in morality. This shows up strongly in politics where to admit to being an Atheist is tantamount to suicide. In a recent Gallup poll Atheists scored dead last as someone that people would vote for. What bugs me, however, is that people so willingly concede morality to the theists in spite of the repeated examples that theism does not equate to moral strength. Especially in the realm of politics. But I digress. This is not an article on religion in the political world. It is on morality in the religious and my run-in with that morality.
This is a feature that many MMOs pay lip service to but only one thus far has actually achieved. Character Customization.
Unlike the previous features I have discussed thus far this one is actually relatively new. However, it is such a blazingly obvious concept it is a wonder not only it took this long to show up but that it hasn’t been duplicated in games since. I’m talking about Guild Ads in Everquest II.
In this second installment of features in MMOs that should be evident in more but aren’t we look at nations.
In different game genres there are features that, once they appear in one game, quickly become a staple of that genre. For example, WASD + Mouse in first person shooters or alternative fire in the same genre. Unfortunately not all features which should spread like wildfire, do. This is especially true in the niche of Massively Multiplayer On-Line Games or MMO, MMOGs or MMORPGs depending on how verbose you want to be. This is a first in a series of posting about MMO features that have shown up in one game, should be in all games but are not.
Two days ago ol’ Ma Nature decided to play a little joke. She dumped 2-4″ of snow on the Las Vegas Strip. Henderson saw double that. I mean, I am ever so thankful for Global Warming, er, Climate Change! Without it we would have seen more snow than in 1979 which is the last time Las Vegas saw that much snow. Of course back then everyone was worried about the onset of the next ice age.