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Have you noticed the creeping casualness that permeates all MMOs these days? When is the last time you died in a starter zone? What happened to 40 person raids that have dwindled to 5? Do you feel any sense of achievement in the race to end game, or is the end game the only achievement?
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Here's an article I found on MMORPG.com, just thought I'd share it with you guys.

Although the author uses his article to promote his game at the bottom, I feel that he has hit the nail on the head with this one.

He has written about something that I've been feeling for quite a while already, hence I haven't really found myself playing MMORPGs for the last couple of years.
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Yes they became too easy lately thus boring. In order to satisfy casual players and attract a wider range of ages they became too easy. In few days you have everything nowadays. This along with the free to play model that dominates the European market and the US led to easy free games with cash shops. It is a successful business model but the games became short lived boring without any challenge. I don't say they must become super hard like Lineage 2 for example but the too easy thing bothers me.
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Yes, they have. Take me back to FFXI before they casualized it and it took me over a year to finally get a character to max level. Missions were hard. You couldn't solo past about level 10. You actually had to FIND quest givers (of which there were very few) as they didn't have giant "I'M RIGHT HERE!" signs above their head. You couldn't just warp and teleport everywhere and you had to be careful walking through zones. When there was a real penalty for dying (losing exp and possibly de-leveling if you lost too much) instead of just "Oh noes, my gear got a little damaged".

MMOs these days are just full of hand holding, easy soloing to level cap, lets not try and push the whole "playing with other people" thing. It's quite sad.
 
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Well, I agree.

Anyone know of a medieval based mmorpg that is challenging?

Been searching for a modern mmorpg that can hold my attention for years now. GW2 was close, but the lack of variety of gear killed it for me as well as the lack of endgame.
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