Nelson on City of Heroes

Nelson posts some interesting thoughts on the multiplayer online game City of Heroes. He thinks it’s boring. And I have to agree with him, but I also think that’s sort of the point.

I think it’s important to evaluate MMORPGS not as a repetitive game, but instead as an amusing context for online chat. If you hook up with an interesting band of homies in game, then that’s the point — sort of like the way your crazy Uncle Joe attended his Thursday night bowling league in generations past. (Bowling, golf, baseball, you know: repetitive and boring as a game when evaluated in a vacuum, but a good context for social interaction because they’re aren’t that challenging.) I don’t even know I’d even be interested in something like Doom or Half-Life in an MMORPG context; the plot would get in the way of hanging out.