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10-27-2009 @ 4:11AM
BWJ, what server are you on? Because in my experience, any new person asking simple questions in /general in WoW are usually viciously mocked and given a hard time, thereby making WoW not as newb-friendly as some like to pretend. Also, you state that younger players won't/don't care about star wars. Who cares? The people with the money are older. The average gamer age now is 25-35. I don't imagine many of those gamers will stop playing the day ToR arrives on the shelves. I think that the "star wars nerd" perception will have little to do with people playing the game or not. It isn't exactly cool the tell people that your a WoW player. If the game is better than WoW, people will make the switch. The point has been raised, that no one can compete with WoW because it's had 5 years to refine the game. That is a completely wrong way to think of it. The idea is that every year the game is out, it only gets better and better, as if it's a naturally evolving creature. Substantial growth, generally makes companies worse. Think GM, IBM, Atari...etc. Here's what happens once something becomes very huge and successful. There are demands made by the stockholders for more and more profits. In order the do this, they have to appeal to a wider and wider audience, or take shortcuts. When this happens, the product, whatever it is, becomes watered down, shoddily made (planned obsolescence is introduced), etc. Eventually the end product becomes bland, people move on, and the size of the thing causes it to collapse in on itself. WoW will definitely be around for a while, just look at EQ. I think it may be more vulnerable to competition from another great MMO than a lot of fans are willing to admit.
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