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8-02-2008 @ 4:18PM
The problem with people (with respect to competition) is they will judge a new game against a game like WoW that has had years to be able to refine itself. It will be a couple more years before WoW's underlying technology becomes dated to the point where a new game will be able to grab subscribers on the look alone. The gameplay of new titles will never fully grab people because the game is still being refined. However, just as fast as WoW became hot, they can lose that to another game. It's just a matter of how the societal trends go.
8-02-2008 @ 6:23PM
You're right of course, that AoC gets compared to a far more developed WoW. Were we assessing them on their accomplishments and what the developers have done with the time available your point would be valid.But the problem is, they're competing in the same market place for the same customers. And as such the comparison IS valid. Because the end-user doesn't care how the software was made, they just care which is better. Would AoC be better than WoW in 4 years if it had its money and subscriber base? Maybe. But most people are looking for a game to play now, and in terms of polish WoW is just so far ahead it is almost financially impossible for anyone else to compete.Which sucks for them but Blizzard have raised the bar so high the reality of the marketplace is they provide a massive barrier to entry.
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