A Bad Year for MMO’s? Really?

I’m going to have to stop being a nice guy for a minute.  I’m going to have to take “the game blogging community” (henceforth known as “you” in this post) to task.  It started simply enough, with a guy who likes to be intentionally irritating anyway, but now its going on, and on. Some people even quit blogging over it, then felt so strongly about it they rose from the dead  to spit on it.  Even some of my favorite blogs are not immune.

Long story short – apparently 2009 was the worst year eva’ in the MMO industry.  You know, with complete failures like Champions Online and Darkfall, Alganon, and WAR…wait, wasn’t WAR released in 2008?  Oops.

So apparently 2008 was the worst year eva’ in the MMO industry.  You know, with complete failures like WAR and Age of Conan and Pirates of the Burning Sea and Vanguard…wait, wasn’t Vanguard released in 2007?  Oops.

So apparently 2007 was the worst year eva’ in the MMO industry.  You know, with complete failures like Vanguard and Tabula Rasa.  Or was it 2006 with its lack of MMO releases?

Maybe 2005 was the worst year eva’ with the failure of that lame Matrix Online thing.

No actually, it would have to be 2004 with Final Fantasy Online and its mixed servers and awful grind.   Or Everquest II with its lame tiering class system.

Wait!  Let’s roll back to 2003 and EQOA and that god-awful Star Wars Galaxies…surely that was the worst right?  Or the failure of that red headed stepchild Shadowbane.

Even better!  2002 saw the inception of the short lived failures that were Asheron’s Call 2 and Earth & Beyond.

“Peter Gibbons: So I was sitting in my cubicle today, and I realized, ever since I started working, every single day of my life has been worse than the day before it. So that means that every single day that you see me, that’s on the worst day of my life.
Dr. Swanson: What about today? Is today the worst day of your life?
Peter Gibbons: Yeah.
Dr. Swanson: Wow, that’s messed up. ”
~ Office Space, 1999

Gaming bloggers, we seem to have fallen into some sort of online version of Worst Day Ever Syndrome.  Each year of MMO releases seems to top the previous for how bad it was, how bad the releases were, how poorly the companies are developing their games, how badly the developers are ignoring customers.    Some people even believe we are traveling backwards in time – that MMO’s started out great and are getting worse every year out from 1999.

Part of this is due to the postmodern nature of blogging.  Everyone has their own hits and misses, and their own ways of defining what is a hit and what is a miss.  But looking at the list I just put together above, I’m having a really hard time seeing this as the worst year ever for MMO’s.  Wasn’t 2005/2006 the worst since it didn’t bring us many big new goodies to test out?  Was this year really all that bad?