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3-14-2011 @ 10:59AM
What will happen when the "new" wears off? People will go back to WoW. But not for the reasons anyone here are implying.What will happen is one of two things: One, People will start to miss thier WoW characters. Not the game itself, mind you, but their time invested therein. Nothing inheriently wrong here, but what's important to note is that THEY ARE NOT QUITTING BECAUSE THE GAME IS BAD.Two: People who ARE enjoying RIFT and not mising thier WoW characters will be pulled back in as their friends, who fall into group one, migrate back to WoW, because, really, who wants to be the last person at the table?It's a problem with the mindframe of most MMO gamers today. People hold and cling to WoW (social factors aside for now) largely because of the time investment involved. And while on one hand I can understand this, when put into perspective with other games, it seems pretty strange. I mean, at the end of the day, it's still a game. Weither you have a record showing you killed 500 internet dragons or no one kept count, at the end of the day it's all fairly redundent. I could get into the whole "journy vs destination" argument, but, eh, I think most people get the idea.Now, the social aspect is a bit harder to handle. Because it involves taking fundemental ideas of changing your way of viewing the MMO world and applying it to X number of people. So, there are 2 ways to handle this. 1) Successfully convince your friends, using your stories and experiences with the new game (this really applys to all new MMOs, not just RIFT), to join you, or 2) MAKE NEW FRIENDS. People do it all the time. You can to.I think the overarcing message of this Wall of Text is simply: TL;DR, Change is hard, but sometimes it can be for the best.
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