I am a fan of strategy games. Empire Earth, CNC, Homeworld... suffice to say I enjoy sending my customized legions of death to crush the enemy like the bug he is...!
Anyway, I was reading an article (very interesting read part 1 2 3) about Tachyon: The Fringe in its heyday, when dozens of pilots from several clans could be online at a given moment, vying for supremacy. It was like a whole different world that existed online. Within a clan there was geniune camradiere as they riddled eachother with bullets. Don't get me wrong-- Homeworld will always be my favorite. And yet...
... I find myself yearning for pwnage on a much more personal level, without having to worry about the big picture. My flying skills verses their's. Nothing beats the feeling of blowing the other guy out of the sky.
So maybe I'm wrong here, but I've noticed a dropoff in the number of games produced recently in this genre, almost as if Freespace 2 was the end-all, be-all of original multiplayer space sims. Does that seem odd? It seems to me that there should be more, especially since computers are a lot faster than they were back in '99. (I'm imagining a space sim with HW2's scale and/or gfx. Probably would need more detailed ships but, mmmmm...) But...there aren't any.
It seems like 1998-2001 was when this genre was really popular, while FPSs are popular now. Anyone else notice this? Are there any new ones coming out soon? I'm sure there are other games like this, but a few solid, original, space sims would be nice...