As NCSoft spent last month buying out companies, people started noticing Lineage, otherwise known as the game with approximately 12 trillion subscribers, give or take 12 trillion. RPGVault got an interview with Jake Song, Lineage’s designer. It’s an interesting discussion with someone who, whatever else you may believe, is definitely about to be a much greater influence in the MMO genre.
Korean-made MMOGs are more goal-oriented in play style and more PvP-oriented than US games. I think it’s due to the fact that the mood of society itself is toward high competition because the country is still under development compared to western worlds, which are more stable. I think a MUD style game is a mirror of the society on which it is based.