Seems like now is the tip of the iceberg for 'massively mutliplayer/online RPGs' and the like, and I'm just wondering... Anybody else just prefer playing by themselves? I mean, there are certain qualities to single player games; I hope these aren't underrated as technology progresses.
For instance, an exciting part of any video game is understanding the AI; watching yourself progress as you become more familiar with the game and its constructs. With online gaming, there is nothing to become familiar with. It's not so much a 'game' anymore as it is an intense competition.
Also, games like Phantasy Star Online can only be fully experienced with a group of people. I've read that certain levels can only be accessed with no less than four in a group. I don't want my gaming experience to depend on or have anything to do with total strangers! Especially with an RPG! Sports and one-on-one type games I can understand, but I would never conceive of enjoying a role-playing game while relying on someone else as part of the gameplay.