This is my first post in almost ten months. Along the way I bought a new house and my wife had a baby. I'm finally settling back in to some great video game time. I've jumped back in to Guild Wars 2 and have to say thanks to my guild, Gaiscioch for making it so easy. I literally haven't played in six months and the first night I logged in I got swept into guild night WvW and had a blast.
But because of how I am, I can't just play a video game. Maybe it's because I run the product team at a tech startup, I don't know, but I have to nitpick it and dream of new features and do a little math on the table next to me. So here's my thought of the week:
Why hasn't anyone made a real website for their MMO?
World of Warcraft has come the closest. All the armory stuff is alright but honestly not what I'm looking for. It's more for showing off your character. When you get to be a certain age, that's just not important. What they did right however is being able to use the Auction House. Something like that basically lets me play the game when I can't play the game.
And that's all I really want. How can I play the game when I can't play the game. Managing the Auction House is a good start, but how about managing inventory, crafting, using the Mystic Forge? These are all places tied to a location that don't really have to be. Maybe I have to park my character's leather bound butt in Lion's Arch to do this. I'm ok with that. But it would be really cool to have something that progresses me.
Crafting almost feels like a waste of time for me because I only have a couple of precious hours in the evening. I would rather be hurling grenades off the side of a keep than making pasta. I still want to make the pasta though! Let me do it on the bus or in this meeting I'm in right now.
Anyway, that's what I'd love to see from an MMO web site. Not a place to show off new armor or look up someone's achievements; but a real live gaming experience.