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12-18-2007 @ 6:56PM
I totally agree that WoW is losing its luster. WoW has done alot of things right but its not really come up with anything new lately. There seems to be a sort of malaise on the player base that wasn't so pronounced this time last year or earlier. WotLK isn't bring anything to the game either. Sure there is the so called Hero Class and seige engine PvP warfare, but its looking like more of the same.It is going to take a long time for WoW to die, but for alot of people there hasn't been really any game come out to pull them away. That all is changing over the next few years, there are some good looking and potentially big competition for WoW on the horizon. Conan and Warhammer will definitely pull people away, but not the millions that people think. Its hard to tell what if any of those games will succeed or not.The competition is definitely starting to nip at Blizz's heels.
12-18-2007 @ 7:15PM
Rich, how are you defining "malaise" and "player base"? Keep in mind that the fraction of WoW players who participate in the online forums and discussion areas (including this one) is incredibly small, even though the raw number looks big - and that the relatively small number who do participate don't represent the vastly larger number who don't, for the very reason mentioned above: people come to the forums to complain or to seek help.I would tend to say that WoW is going about as strong as it ever has - but then, my sample size is limited too.
12-18-2007 @ 7:23PM
Chris,I avoid the forums like the plague.Most of "sample" is are guildies, friends that play and people I pug with. The general feeling I get from alot of them is the "blah, I play cause it fills up time". Sure there are some that are all about the loot, endgame and pvp and others that think the game is doomed. Most of the people sit in the middle. I think if something different came along most of them would give it a shot and if the game is really well put together they wouldn't come back.
12-18-2007 @ 7:42PM
i would have to say that you comment "WotLK isn't bring anything to the game either." is COMPLETELY untrue... the opening of nothrend adds more lore to the game, which is what makes this game so popular! people played the RTS and love the story behiend this game the more content they bring from the RTS the more new things they bring. Not to mention the graphics overhaul with WotLK. They also said that in their next expansions MORE hero classes will become availible...so really WotLK is a stepping stone towards a long successful MMO, conan has some story line behiend it but i doubt it will be as easy and fun to just "pick up and play" or invite your dad to try the game out with you... WotLK if you read the notes is bringing a good ammount of new things... im not sure what more you want Blizz to do...maybe add FPS(tabula rasa) or flight simulator(SWG) elements to the game... either way that would ruin WoW and the lore behiend it
12-18-2007 @ 9:11PM
@RichWell said. I like WoW; but, for a casual player, like myself, it gets "blah" much too easily.I like a lot of the changes that came in with patch 2.3 and hope to see more like them in the future. IMHO, making old raid/hardcore content easily accessible to casual players would go a long way in addressing the issue. (At least for casual players... you raiders will just have to wait for the content department to pump out some more. ;)
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