Metafilter’s talking about the AI game again. I’ve already said a few things in the thread there, but I thought I’d add something here. I’m always happy to see that there are still people out there who are interested in massively multiuser online entertainment (mmoe) of the AI variety, yet it seems that most of those fans are waiting for something.
Yes, there are several games going on right now and a few lined up to start soon, as you can see at the ARGN forums. I don’t think a single one of them has equalled the AI game, or created the same kind of buzz. That’s not a criticism, as many of them have been good. They just haven’t reached the excessive quality you need to reach in order to really capture the attention of the Internet.
The AI game simultaneously kicked off the entire subgenre of mmoe and formed unnaturally high expectations for all subsequent games. No surprise that Microsoft is always at the centre of controversy.