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10-27-2009 @ 6:40AM
"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."Can't be any worse than the /general in WoW, really. No matter what server I'm on, I turn it off immediately and never look back."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."Mankrik's Wife? Every fanbase has it's noisy, hostile elements, and these elements are always louder than the nice guys. It doesn't matter what they are fans of. Remember the outcry at the "inaccuracies" when the Lord of the Rings movies came out? The vicious mockery, IN PERSON, of people who thought the movie came out first? How about the "console wars," are they hurting sales? Or... Mac vs PC."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."Which is why the new trilogy did so well, or the (for kids) Clone Wars movie, or the merchandising machine targeted at kids...Star Wars is pretty popular with kids these days because they are growing up with it. Like they did with zombies, vampires, and FPS games. And Fallout 3 really doesn't enter into it (the original three games are over a decade old, but still produced a huge draw, despite the fiasco of the last attempt at a console Fallout). Also, younger kids are more interested in games like Free Realms, Maple Story, and the like, which are free (so the parents don't mind) to start, and generally more kid-friendly. WoW is very much a late-teens-to-twenty-something game, with enough depth to bring in even older gamers."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."You mean like satanic D&D players? Yeah, that's really keeping the crowds from buying those games, which are even more popular than ever. EVERY community has stereotypes, and the Star Wars stereotype was no worse than the Fantasy Nerd stereotype. And since Star Wars is very much more in the public consciousness since the new trilogy and CG movie, and is hugely popular already in the gaming community, I doubt any ancient stereotype will keep people from buying a box."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."Speaking as someone who belongs to MULTIPLE fanbases, including both Warcraft and Star Wars (and more besides), I can safely say that the game will be much better without the outspoken fanbois like yourself. Your argument has consisted of nothing but bashing other people for liking something more than you do, and blaming them for the same activity you just actively participated in. It may be more politically correct than putting people down for their ethnicity, but it's no less bigoted. Good day, sir.
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