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10-27-2009 @ 5:25PM
This has been touched on, somewhat, in previous comments, but I want to say that I really feel a good deal of WoW's ubiquiteousness is it's accessibility to VERY casual players. I'm not saying that it, necessarily, makes it a better game. The definition of a "better" game is just so subjective. But I definitely think it makes it the most successful game, if success is measured in the number of subscriptions.Other MMOGs rely heavily on the PvP experience, whereas WoW makes it possible to have a fulfilling and enjoyable experience without ever having to do anything other than PvE. A lot of gamers hate that about WoW, but that, very much, plays to the casual gamer. This gives WoW a playerbase of additional thousands of paid accounts that would not play, or continue to play a game where PvP was mandatory. Regardless of how you feel about those types of players, they pump millions of dollars into the machine that creates the game.I don't disagree that you have to be a more skilled player to be good at PvP. And for that reason, a great deal of argument about what game is better, revolves around the PvP experience. But in terms of success defined by dollars, a huge, fun, gaming experience for all those players who don't want to PvP is key.Of course, you still have to have a good PvP experience available, as well, because you certainly can't ignore the large number of players who want the added difficulty and adrenaline that comes from facing off against another living, breathing human being. And WoW works to provide that, as well. The game would fail without that crucial facet. But in comparison to other online options, I do think that Blizzard's belief in the importance of including everyone of every play style and life style into the game in a meaningful way, is what makes it so vastly successful.This is further evidenced by the way they systematically change the reward system as progressive patches come out, so players who don't raid regularly, or can't play consistently, can still catch up to the current content. -->You don't have to earn the right to play their game.
10-27-2009 @ 5:36PM
hmmm... a chunk of my post disappeared. I'll try to remember what I had said...-->You don't have to earn the right to play their game
10-27-2009 @ 5:52PM
(Okay, let's try one more time. Apparently you can not use a left arrow sign made out of a less-than symbol followed by 2 dashes, because everything after that vanishes.)**You don't have to earn the right to play their game** A lot of elite players are frustrated by this, but it works. It keeps the subscription numbers in the 8-digit territory. A great deal of casual players would not continue if they had to keep pace with the more serious players in order to progress.The hardcore gamers are a very important section of the playerbase, and I see Blizzard working hard to find ways to reward them. But they do it while still enabling the VERY casual player to have a meaningful experience and feel rewarded, as well. WoW is fun for serious gamers who really know the genre and for people who don't play consistently and don't play any other game - at all - not online or console or anything.Blizzard does a great job of making it possible for the player who plays every once-in-awhile, or the player who levels alts, farms and runs 5-mans all week and raids every weekend to each have a rewarding and progessive experience. This keeps all players of every play style and ability coming back again next month...and next month...and next month...
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