We only managed to take in a couple of sessions today but, between them and the announcements from the keynote tonight there’s going to be a lot of new stuff coming for SoE games. I’m just going to go through my note book and give you the stuff that I remembered to write down along with some impressions.
Learn 2 Play!
Yesterday in my Twitter feed (@sisca if you want to follow me) and I saw this from @spouseaggro:
Silly Far-Stretched Comparison of the Week: “..Free Realms looks and feels like an overly cutesy, yet still grindy, version of WoW..”
To be clear this was a quote from some blogger and not the opinion of the fine folks over at Spouse Aggro
That got me thinking and then this morning I was reading through the comments over on Broken Toys post about the game and it kind of congealed.
For all of you out there that are trying to compare this to WoW – or whatever your favorite flavor of the month is – I just have one thing to say…
LEARN 2 PLAY!
You know like you did when you were a kid.
No, really. Put your achiever, must get to max level and get the uber gear mindset back on the shelf and just go out and learn how to play again.
I’ve got 2 young nieces, 7 & 9, their parents don’t really like them watching TV and they tend to regulate how much time and what they can do on the computer. They don’t seem to mind that much though because they have more dolls and horses and such than you can shake a stick at. They even have a small tent setup in an otherwise unusable area of their house that is filled with these dolls and such that they call their cloud castle. They spend hours playing together, making up stories or acting out stories from their books. They also spend time competing, racing each other, playing soccer etc.
I can see them playing Free Realms now and jumping from job to job, game to game, achiever to explorer to socializer.
If you really think that this is just a “overly cutesy, yet still grindy, version of WoW” then this game is not for you! This game is only for the truly hardcore PLAYer’s that really understand how to go into a world and make it their own and to do so for nothing more than the FUN of it.