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10-26-2009 @ 9:34PM
MMO Companies need to just not worry at all about "beating" WoW. Imo, if they focused on what WoW doesn't cover, while adding in the things that WoW does cover, then... they'll definitely be making a successful MMO imo. LotRO did this somewhat, which... is why I'm finding it really fun right now; in comparison to WoW, LotRO has way more immersion, has a massive, yet still indirect focus on RP (to where there's one server there that's known as "the unofficial RP server") by throwing in so many RP-related things (cosmetic clothing tabs that you can put over your normal stuff, armor dyes, surnames, family trees that you can form, player housing, and much more), and... overall I find it very refreshing from WoW. Not to mention the epic quest lines that they have are just... well, epic. Sure, its PvP is sucky, and its PvE probably isn't the greatest, but... due to its smaller population, it's overall a way better community.It's really not about beating WoW that they should worry about, it's about catering to the people who aren't that into WoW, and... tbh, I'd rather -prefer- not having a game beat WoW. Why? Because the community for those games will possibly be much better off that way. That's one of the big flaws with WoW imo, is its community (and the stuff I blabbed about that I like in LotRO), because... let's face it, WoW is crawling with horribly immature and noobish players, as well as snobbish elitists, and... it can be really hard at times NOT finding a friendly, real casual (I find that many guilds that claim they're casual, aren't in reality), no-drama guild. /end rant about WoWAnd yes, I see the irony of kind of ranting about WoW on a WoW-themed site.
10-26-2009 @ 9:37PM
TLDR version: Companies need to focus on making a fun game, not try to make a WoW-destroyer game. Chances are they'll be more successful for focusing on areas that WoW doesn't cover very well (if at all), and... so what if they don't get 1 million + players? That just means a more close-knit community + less retarded/immature player base usually.
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