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4-26-2011 @ 5:52PM
There was plenty of competition when WoW came out. EQ was king of the MMO hill before WoW came along, and Star Wars Galaxies at the time of mid-2004 was going strong(the infamous NGE didn't happen until a year into WoW's lifespan). Plus Anarchy Online was popular at the time, and maybe a few others. But most of those pulled in MMO fans, and not casuals like WoW did. SWG did too, but its lukewarm reception among the larger media meant a lot of people didn't join, so word of mouth had to bring in casuals who heard good things about its housing and crafting. I myself spent years in SWG. Long story short is that WoW didn't release in a vacuum, there was competition.
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