Food poisoning sucks. I’ve never had it before, but boy howdy did I make up for that oversight this past weekend. My wife, my one-year-old and I all got it within a couple of hours of each other, and let me tell you that there’s nothing like trying to care for a projectile-vomiting little kid while you just want to be curled around the toilet yourself.
I bring this up because my gaming plans for the weekend got preempted by all of this, which is to say that I didn’t get to game much at all. About the only thing I did was to reinstall Diablo III to see how the expansion updates changed the game. From about 20 minutes into Act 1 I can’t see any huge changes, but it’s been over a year since I last played it, so I barely remember what it used to be like.
I did have one thought pertaining to MMOs from this brief expedition into D3, which is that I kind of really like the 3D isometric perspective — and I wouldn’t mind having that same view for an MMO. Your character and everything else is smaller, sure, but you get a much greater sense of your surroundings. It reminds me a lot of the worlds of Baldur’s Gate II and Fallout and those older RPGs. Even though I’m not face-first into the surrounding details, the total sum of everything in the area sort of makes up for that.
Maybe there are MMOs apart from action-RPGs that do this, but it’s early on a Monday morning and my facilities have yet to be brought back online fully. Ultima Online, definitely. Salem? I recall that there’s a sandbox MMO in the making, Albion Online, that uses this perspective and I definitely liked the look of it, at least.