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10-26-2009 @ 5:46PM
I consider WoW to be the second 3D MMO that's had this sort of lucky placement and developer love. In keeping with that sort of experience, I'm of the opinion that an MMO like this will only be overtaken or outdone when the developers decide it's time for that to happen - and by developers, I mean the developers of our currently beloved game, NOT the people trying to outdo them.I've been playing MMOs for about a decade now - not a super long time for old school MMO players, but I was never able to immerse myself in MUDDs or the like. I never experienced a welcoming community to dive into, and without that, relying entirely on my own imagination for such games wasn't an option for me.I got into EQ (and helped create a very small MMO community I still participate with to this day).EQ changed a lot between it's start and today, and the main reason I left EQ was because Verant and then Sony's (primary) developers left EQ. They basically moved on to greener pastures, and with those creative minds and that particular inspiration gone, the magic of the game simply disappeared. It wasn't over night, and IMO it was sort of a conscious decision: Sony wanted to make a new EQ from scratch, tailored to their own specifications. EQ2 came out not long before WoW came out. EQ2 failed to capture my attention, WoW was alright and WoW was where most of my gaming friends had landed - so WoW is where I ended up.I feel the same will need to occur with WoW: When the next MMO from Blizzard starts going into serious production, WoW will start to be allowed to go slowly fallow. Some would argue this is already happening, or began quite some time ago, and that may well be the case, but we're all aware that if it IS happening, it's still a rather slow decay right now. At the very least, they're still using WoW as their testing ground for possibilities in the future, rather than churning out tiny pay-for-small-content encounters in a bid to keep people interested (our content patches are freeeeeeeee!).Neglect on the developer's part will be what hammers the final nail into WoW's coffin, not a brand new shiny game. (I've tried all of the other MMOs that have come out in the last 10 years that might possibly hold any interest for me, and they're not bad, but I haven't been able to make any of them my new MMO Home; I likely won't be able to until my community makes a move to the next heavy hitting MMO en mass)
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