I just got done watching a movie called Uncle Boonmee. Interesting movie for sure, but a lot of it didn’t make a good deal of sense. I know there’s something to it, some hidden meaning about past lives or buddhism, but I’d rather not know. In fact, I rarely like to investigate odd movies in the hopes of finding their meaning and plot. I’d rather it remain a mystery. After all, life is filled with mysteries.
Thè monkey spirits remind me of these odd, black spindly creatures that you find in Ryzom. Ryzom is still a game that has not been matched in originality or genre even, and that’s somewhat saddening. We need more mystery in our MMOs. Don’t get me wrong, I have no issues having it spelled out for me in some games. It just depends on what the game is going for. If it wants to create a mysterious, otherworldly atmosphere for us to explore, great. If not, I’ll gladly accept a theme park ride or run through a meadow. As long as the game knows its direction, that’s fine by me.
But there is no underestimating the power of mystery. Developers need to understand that we do not need it always spelled out for us. Despite it being very popular, not all of us require a walkthrough, class guide or wiki page. Shit, throw us a mysterious ball floating in the sky, never explain it to us and watch as we have a blast trying to figure out what it was. Don’t treat us as though we are stupid or have no imagination. Give us some credit. Oh, there are games out there like thè already mentioned Ryzom or Wakfu, but we need developers to take a chance once in a damn while.
Keep this mind next time you have one of those crazy moments in life that you just cannot explain. That feeling is important to us as gamers.
At least I feel that way.