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7-30-2009 @ 1:21PM
Kotick’s numbers are inflated. Sure, Blizzard raised the stakes, but there is no way they expected to reach the kind of numbers for their MMO that they have because there was no precedent to imply those were anywhere close to reasonable expectations.Do you think Activision thinks they have to drop another half billion for the next gen mmo? If they are, that’s just trying to catch lightning in a bottle twice. I am not implying the next gen won’t be great, but to start out with any expectation that all the WoW players will just migrate over to the new game and allow them to hit the ground running at the WoW level isn’t likely.“Compete” is the important word here, I don’t think anyone expects to compete with the level of subscriptions that WoW has, but many of the new MMO’s expect to build a fanbase, or tap into an already existing one (I’m looking at you SWTOR), and chip away at Blizzard and hopefully wake up one day and find they have toppled them.Sometimes the big brother is able to fend off the attacks of the little brother, but sometimes, the little brother gets to be bigger and stronger than the older brother and when he does, the balance of power changes. Kotick’s number is just a way of intimidating anyone who might try and play king of the hill with WoW, and not necessarily something to be taken as gospel.
7-30-2009 @ 2:42PM
"Sometimes the big brother is able to fend off the attacks of the little brother, but sometimes, the little brother gets to be bigger and stronger than the older brother and when he does, the balance of power changes"It also helps that since the big brother is older, that when he becomes some old, crotchity grumpy man with a bad hip and hatred for kids, that lil' bro is in his prime, so he'll be able to pull off a Zangief and pile-drive Big Bro into the ground. =P
7-30-2009 @ 3:41PM
Touche' my friend, touche'Are you implying the boys at Blizzard might have turned into our grandfathers and are swinging their Diamond-Tipped canes (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=45861) at the young whipper snappers at SWTOR?
7-30-2009 @ 7:34PM
Congratulations, you two, for creating the most apt analogy in Internet history. ^_^
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