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9-10-2009 @ 4:06PM
Different game. Different fanbase.Pretty sure you'd just get a bunch of pissed off fans no matter what you do.
9-10-2009 @ 4:12PM
Agreed.World of Warcraft's user base could eat EVE's for breakfast every day for a month.
9-10-2009 @ 4:28PM
@AedilhildProbably true. But the combined IQ of EVE's 60,000 player base is probably 10 fold that of WoW's 12 million player base. Like ComradeSean said.. different game.. VERY different player base.Another thing about EVE that few people probably know. There is an actual player council sanctioned by CCP. Members of the council are elected by player votes. Anyone with an active account can vote. The council members are then invited to Iceland to sit down with CCP devs and act as proxies for player issues, etc.CCP is much more in tune with their players than any gaming company I've ever seen. Kudos to them.
9-10-2009 @ 4:27PM
As a player of both games, I can truthfully say that while the playerbase is much smaller (~12 million to 300 thousand), the players in EVE are much more mature and patient about bearly everything. Patch got delayed? No big deal. They lost a ship that cost 750 mil ISK? Most pilots congratulate the person who killed them, even though their death had a much higher penalty than dying in WoW. I'm not saying there aren't nice people in WoW, just a much higher percentage of jackasses being, well, jackasses.My point is, just because a game has a smaller fanbase doesent make one game (or the people) better.
9-10-2009 @ 4:34PM
Just because the unsophisticated savages outnumber and could eat the more refined players does not mean they should justify their juvenile actions. And let’s make no mistake, I love WoW, but the players tend to be less refined than in other MMO’s. WoW is first time MMO for many players which leads many to believe the behavior they see on the forums or in trade chat is appropriate.If Blizzard wishes to continue to treat the savages like savages, they will only have themselves to blame when they are the only players they have left. Open lines of communication are always good, and I think Blizzard has made great strides compared to their previous policies, but there is always room for improvement.
9-10-2009 @ 5:00PM
I should have elaborated, but I thought the first commenter's point was plain enough.EVE Online isn't smaller because it's less appealing. If anything, its industry stature in spite of size is partly owed to a dedicated community which, arguably because of gameplay intended for dedicated and mature players, isn't prone to forming angry mobs. Different game, different players.
9-10-2009 @ 5:10PM
EVE also shuts down for a short time every evening for scheduled maintenance, whereas WoW shuts down only once per week for the same. This means that, while EVE players expect a daily interruption of service, WoW players expect a weekly interruption. Neither company wants to violate these expectations - expected outages are more important than expected release dates (outages affect the entire player base, whereas release dates affect only the portion of the player base who care to follow them). So, if EVE pushes back a patch, it's 24 hours. If WoW pushes back a patch, it's one week. EVE, therefore, has less at stake in mentioning a release date before it's solid.
9-10-2009 @ 5:17PM
This is exactly what I was thinking.... There is a wide chasm between Eve player mentality and Wow player mentality.
9-10-2009 @ 7:12PM
Blizzard would get a bunch of pissed off fans if they announced they were releasing a patch ahead of schedule, with all known bugs fixed.
9-11-2009 @ 10:46AM
Gotta say I agree. I don't think Blizz would be "pleasantly surprised" I think they'd experience an even worse fan QQ than they usually do.
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