May 5th 2009 6:09AM The reply button is your friend.
Also as far as MMOs go, I believe it is safe to assume that WoW is your first. Sigh I am in a very casual guild because thats how I like to play. I have done the hardcore stuff and its not for me. We are currently only downed XT, but you fail to understand the concept of the mmorpg. Its not your fault really, you have been raised on WoW, which is although the biggest, is still a rather new game compared to the genre. WoW is also the most casual mmorpg ever created, and that is why it has been so succesful.
The problem now from a business point of view is because WoW is so big now they have to appeal to their lowest common denominator, the point where something is so simple everyone can relate to it. So in many ways it suffers the same as the big music companies, it becomes so popular it rewards mindless drivel and a lack of creativity. Its not really the devs fault, they have stated they wish to do some epic things with the game, for example they have stated several times that they thought the idea of destroying a capital city would be neat, but they dont do it because players would react negatively to it.
MOST mmorpgs, even though you dont realize it because you have not played any others still make you lose experience when you die. The corpse runs and de-levels of EQ1 are gone but if you think that every game is like wow you are saddly mistaken.
Also to those who say you do not need the hardcore players I encourage you to look at what happened to everquest. After their numbers started to rise dramatically, it decided to become a much more casual game (comparatively, it still was hard as hell compared to WoW). Now the number of subscribers continued to rise for about a year after that then they started to sharply fall. Would you like to know why, word of mouth. When Everquest stopped appealing to the hardcore players they moved onto other games and it brought down a mountain of doom on that game.
After a couple of years with no major contender, WoW came around, and due to an extremely well timed release became a very successful game. It had no competition in the market at all and came from blizzard, which was even then an incredibly famous company. The raids were challenging, and the large amounts of scripted bosses made the hardcore run in droves to it, simply because all the rest of the hardcore players said it was good.
The word of mouth of the hardcore players will make or break your game. I guess a way to phrase it is, casual players will make up the body of the game and sustain it, but the hardcore players are the soul of the game and give it life.
May 5th 2009 5:51AM For the love of all things holy wowinsider give Mavfreak a spot on your blog, the ultra-casual nonsense has been going on for far to long and we need some veterans of mmorpgs at least telling the new captains where to sail.
Feb 27th 2009 4:55PM Most of them are trolls actually, trust me I feel for you conservatives and I feel horrible that your party has been taken over by a bunch of nutcases. So on behalf of all the sensible liberals out their, I am sorry we have so many assholes, but in our defense most of those are teenagers and are still very authoritarian.
Just to clear up any bias in this post, yes I do live in the USA. (South East)
Authoritarians dont seem to get along with each other, I think it is because they have to have their idea the law of the land or they start crying. As for me, I fall into the far left. To put this in perspective take a look at these graphs.
American conservatives fall on the far right, and although they claim they support the free market they are actually supporting neo-liberalism. The Democrats are still conservatives on the global scale but they are far closer to the center then their Republican counterparts. Most of America also tends to be authoritarian, now being authoritarian is in no way a bad thing so please disregard any bias I hold against them, I am trying to avoid as much as I can.
Now on this scale I end up in a much worse place then conservatives (although they claim to be a minority, conservatives are actually the majority by around 5% last time I checked) because most of America fits into the top right corner (Authoritarian Neo-liberals) I end up in the bottom left (Libertarian collectivists).
Feb 24th 2009 11:48PM They got rid of the raid wide buff.
Jan 28th 2009 7:00PM Am I the only person who really hates the Death Knight tiers so far? Honestly they look like the questing blues I got in Northrend with a little aura added to the shoulder.
Jan 7th 2009 11:33AM If I can remember correctly Aion has around 500k subscribers in just Korea alone so far. Thats basicly 2 months after its release, I dont think it will over come WoW but if NCsoft can stop being...well NCsoft then it might have a shot at becoming a couple million players strong.
Let me repeat that, this game has 500k active subscribers (People who log in the day of polling) in just netcafes, so that doesn't even count people who play at home.
Jan 7th 2009 11:26AM If I can remember correctly Aion has around 500k subscribers in just Korea alone so far. Thats basicly 1 month after its release, I dont think it will over come WoW but if NCsoft can stop being...well NCsoft then it might have a shot at becoming a couple million players strong.
Oct 21st 2008 10:03AM Do to a blatant violation of copyright, the new Mario game looked oddly familiar.
Sep 23rd 2008 9:22PM I think it was a lack of gear/knowledge/talent builds that got your DK
A good player can jump into any class at level 70 on the PTR play for a couple hours and get a hold of the class. Right now though, no one knows a thing about DK and they are changing all the time. My friend is in the beta and says she can tank rather well and not annoy the healer to much.
Be nice to your death knight friends they have to relearn to play from the bottom up every beta build