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10-27-2008 @ 8:28PM
@gridwerkYou ask why all of the good MMOs are sword and sorcery fantasy settings.It's all about consumer base. Ever since Tolkien, "generic fantasy" has been a part of our shared culture. If you've never played a video game before, you know what an orc, elf, and dwarf are. There is no "generic sci-fi" setting, so it's harder to get into and the experience is less universal. You can create a character and get into the game right away, without worrying about the difference between alien species A and why they want to kill the race of cyborg spacemen B.This actually comes back to bit WoW in a couple of places. Most people, without caring too much about the lore, see motorcycles and gyrocopters as out of place, even though they fit perfectly in the setting (because WoW isn't quite your typical fantasy setting).
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