My gaming friend, Wassabi, has four rules for avoiding an MMO.

Rule 1. Stay away from the hype train.

The amount of MMOs in the past that have been hype train collateral damage are too many to mention. Invariably they disappoint, but they disappoint the hype train fanatics so much that they turn full circle from being the game’s biggest proponents to becoming its most ardent opponents.

Rule 2. Avoid Korean MMOs.

Korean MMOs are different from Western MMOs as they are geared to a different audience. Things that go well for a Korean population might not be such a good idea with a Western audience. A good example of this was ArcheAge’s expansion that raised the level cap five levels requiring a brutal xp grind. I imagine Koreans love this because they have no life. It didn’t go down too well with the Western playerbase, ie most of them quit.

Rule 3. Forget RNG gear progression.

Advancing in gear with the use of a random number generator is a roller-coaster ride of pure masochism. The highs are incredibly high but somehow they do not make up for the soul-crushing lows.

Rule 4. No Alpha or Beta.

Back in the day if you had an invite to test the alpha version of WoW’s next expansion you were a god in the eyes of your fellow gamers. Now you are merely a pawn and most of the time you have to pay for the privilege of doing the company’s work for them.

So there you have it. Those are the four rules on what to avoid in an MMO.

By the way, Black Desert hits all four of these criteria so based on that you should stay far away from that game.

I’ve just downloaded Black Desert and I’m going to be trying out their beta.

Do as I say, people. Do as I say not as I do. I thought you would have learned by now.