One of the annual blogosphere activities is the Developer Appreciation Week, where bloggers take a break from critique and negativity to actually praise the vast amounts of unsung effort that the continued development of MMORPGs must require.
Although I’m probably not the first to write about either of the two companies I will mention this year, I do have two particular studios whose efforts I greatly appreciate; even when I’m not blogging about their games.
Daybreak Game Company
Firstly I wish to praise the continued efforts of Daybreak Game Company, my only consistent engagement with their varying stable of games has been with Everquest 2. But this game alone is such a unique, deeply characterful, parts surprising and parts hilarious masterpiece of MMORPG development. The depth and rich textures of this version of Norrath and its cast of ever-so-colourful characters is a place I always return to.
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