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10-27-2009 @ 12:42AM
You're giving Star Wars WAY too much credit as a draw.Most people I know simply do not care that much, or are like me, and dislike the hardcore Star Wars crowd, that the game will be packed with. I shudder at the thought of what /general will be like in that game.The Star Wars crowd is WAY too newb-hostile to support numbers that will even give WoW a momentary pause. Yeah, imagine Mom or Grandma logging in, referring to "Hans Solo", and the abuse and tirades and insults that will fly. Not only that, but the younger crowd these days are into different things, Star Wars is cool with them, but they don't revere it, or practically worship it like the older players do (and will, in-game). Younger players these days are more into zombies, vampires, Fallout 3 stories, or headshot*BOOM* style gameplay. They live online, and incorporate WOW into that, and use WoW as a large chat room. Star Wars will not encourage that. I have no doubt SW:TOR will do well, on it's own terms, but eclipse WoW? No. There is already a prejudice built into the public's perception of that community, as being the butt of jokes since the movies came out, and the stereotype of hardcore Star Wars fans being the nerdiest of the basement dwellers. True or not, that stereotype exists, it's used constantly by the media and entertainment industry, and it WILL keep people from grabbing the box from the shelf.And, like I stated earlier in the thread, there's a lot of people like me who enjoyed the movies, but want nothing to do with that crowd, because I know what Star Wars fans are like.
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