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3-29-2012 @ 5:59PM
And if Blizzard didn't "cater to the casuals" it would have made this study impossible. A game that is super complex is only going to be interesting to people who are already avid gamers. Try putting someone who has a hard time setting up an e-mail account (hey, it happens) in a dungeon that requires a lot of spatial awareness and dexterity in the game world, and you'll just see them overloaded and unable to play.I hope Blizzard continues to provide content that is still accessible to all varieties of players for the benefit of people like Bill.
3-29-2012 @ 6:20PM
I think a lot of it is due to the fact that most people "graduated" from 2D games when we were younger. We learned the basics of using controllers to move our characters around, then worked our way up to more complicated mechanics as the industry grew.To expect someone who might never have had that experience, never developed that same skillset, to jump straight into 3D gaming is asking a lot. Even the most casual-friendly game is likely intimidating and confusing as hell to non-gamers.
3-29-2012 @ 7:41PM
"Most people" in this study did not graduate from 2D games. "Most people", myself included, never played a video game until WoW. I have several lvl 85's that raid regularly (depending on the role that is needed on raid night). I use the phrase "most people" only because it was used by a previous poster. While I do believe that games such as WoW do provide a wonderful aid to memory and cognitive ability, I would strongly suggest that the community remember that we are not all of an age that had games available to us while we were young./end rantGet off mah lawn@PyroI couldnt agree more. Anything that can stimulate the brain and keep it active can do nothing but good for mild to moderate Alzheimers. In later stages, I wish that more could be done, but.......
3-29-2012 @ 8:54PM
@leedm,I will have you know that even though I am nearly 60, I did have many games to play as a child and teenager. Cowboys and Indians, Go Fish, Canasta, checkers, Chess, etc.You young whipper snappers should listen to Old Time Radio, shows like Fibber McGee and Molly, The Great Gildersleeve, X Minus One, Jack Benny, etc.. Then you would see where out Spatial Awareness comes from because pictures are better in the Theater of the Mind. Bwah-ha-ha!Um, what was my point again?
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