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Breakfast Topic: Do you play other MMOs?

I admit, in between bouts of World of Warcraft, I've definitely flirted with other MMOs. Sometimes playing something new can be a fun break from WoW -- and with so many MMOs out on the market to try, checking out other games is a regular temptation. Free-to-play games are especially appealing, since it's easy to jump into them without spending a bundle. But MMOs take a lot of time and effort to advance your character, which can make it awfully challenging to play even one -- much less more than one. And as you can probably guess, World of Warcraft is a game I keep coming back to -- and with limited game time right now, it's the only MMO I'm playing.

So what about you, readers? Do you juggle World of Warcraft with other MMOs? Do you occasionally try other MMOs or do you have a regular MMO on the side? (And if so, how do you find the time for it?) Or is WoW your main multiplayer game? Inquiring minds want to know, readers, so get commenting!

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Breakfast Topic: Is World of Warcraft your first MMO?

Breakfast Topic Is World of Warcraft your first MMO
We're nothing if not persistent -- the typical WoW Insider reader has played WoW longer than your average bear. A recent reader poll found that 44 percent of readers have played since classic WoW, with another 29 percent following closely behind during The Burning Crusade. But was WoW your first MMO, or did you step into Azeroth from Norrath or another MMO world?

Is WoW your first MMO?
Yes4731 (59.7%)
No3196 (40.3%)


If you played something else before WoW, what did you play? Did you MMO before WoW was launched, or did you come over during the WoW era?

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MMOs don't work in the US says Take-Two Interactive


At the Cowen and Company Technology, Media and Telecom Conference this week, Take-Two Interactive's chairman Strauss Zelnick told crowds that MMOs just don't work in North America. "How many MMOs have been successful in the US?" Strauss mused. "Two: World of Warcraft and EverQuest." This is why Take-Two is focusing on Asian markets for its own massively multiplayer games and why, Zelnick suggested (without mentioning anyone by name), Blizzard had to reboot development of their own Project Titan.

However, while WoW's numbers have had a much-ballyhooed decline, its current 8.3 million subscribers is nothing to sneeze at. But does America's poor track record with MMOs mean Titan is doomed before it's even managed to get a release date? Zelnick and Take-Two seem fairly certain MMOs don't have a future, but we intend to wait and see.

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, News items

Breakfast Topic: Do you play other MMOs besides WoW?

Breakfast Topic Is WoW your only MMO
Even a glance at WoW Insider's comments section will turn up hordes of devoted WoW-lovers and players who pursue the game with single-minded devotion. That's natural enough; that's what we're here for, after all. But how many of you play other MMOs? Despite the huge number of massively multiplayer online games available today -- enough to keep our sister site Massively a popular internet gaming destination -- do you even have time to indulge in more than one?

Do you actively play other MMOs besides WoW?
Yes952 (17.5%)
No2672 (49.2%)
Periodically1805 (33.2%)


If you do play more than one MMO, how do you manage your time between them? What games scratch which gaming itches for you?

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MMO Roundup: RIFT's free character transfers, Sony's fiscal losses, and more

Sometimes you'd like to know that there are other MMOs out there, right? It's not all WoW, all the time! Our sister site Massively can provide you with everything you need to know about all of the other MMOs around -- past, present and future.

RIFT offering free character transfers with patch 1.3
Trion Worlds has announced that with the advent of patch 1.3, RIFT will allow players to move to select servers once per week -- for free. These free character transfers include a wholesale move of all of the character's items, achievements and titles. Also, Trion has stated that initially, there will be no limit to the number of times your character can hop to a different server.
Sony loses $3.2B, spends $170M in response to hacker attacks
Sony's bad year is getting a smidge worse. The company, which had previously predicted a healthy profit for the past fiscal year, is now expecting a loss of $3.2 billion for the period of April 2010 through March 2011. The reverse in fortunes is mostly due to writing off a $4.4 billion tax credit, although the company has been struggling with both the recent earthquake and hacker attack that disrupted operations of both its physical operations and online services.
Funcom prepping new Age of Conan adventure pack inspired by film reboot
Recent rumors of new film-related content for Age of Conan proved to be accurate. According to a new press release, the pack "includes but is not limited to" content from the forthcoming Conan the Barbarian film reboot and will see players traveling to the lands of Turan some 20 years after the events of the movie.
Guild Wars 2's explosive seventh class: The engineer
ArenaNet has announced the seventh Guild Wars 2 profession: the engineer. Rifles, dual pistols, pistols with shields, explosives, flamethrowers, and automated turrets -- come on, do I really need to say any more than that?
Massively Speaking episode 148
Massively Speaking, Massively's MMO podcast, is back this week as Shawn and Rubi discuss the latest MMO news, including some more details on ArcheAge and Guild Wars 2, a better explanation of the DCUO MegaServers (formerly Super Servers), and the return of SOE!
Massively's week in review
Don't let WoW Insider do all of the talking when it comes to Massively's best content of the week. The Massively staff themselves have picked out what they think is the best content their site has to offer in their own weekly roundup.

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MMO Roundup: More Sony downtime, 8 years of EVE, and more

Sometimes you'd like to know that there are other MMOs out there, right? It's not all WoW, all the time! Our sister site Massively can provide you with everything you need to know about all of the other MMOs around -- past, present and future.

SOE takes services offline due to serious issue
Sony has not been having a good couple of weeks, and it just keeps getting worse. This Monday morning, Sony Online Entertainment customers woke up to discover that all of their games' services were down. Apparently, the company has discovered a serious issue while following up with the previous weeks' hacker intrusion and is taking steps to rectify it.
SOE releases further breach details; 24.6 million accounts compromised
And things just get worse for Sony from there. The San Diego-based MMORPG publisher has announced that approximately 24.6 million accounts may have been stolen, in addition to the 12,700 credit or debit card thefts reported earlier.
8 years of EVE Online
EVE Online is coming up on on its eighth anniversary. EVE has grown from a fledgling niche game with under 40,000 launch subscriptions to a global melting pot of over 360,000 actively subscribed accounts. The company itself has seem similar expansion, starting from humble beginnings as a small independent studio in Iceland and growing into a multinational monster with offices in China, Iceland, North America, and the United Kingdom.
Marvel Universe Online will be free-to-play, penned by Bendis
Move over, DC Universe Online -- it's Marvel's time to shine. After a few false starts, Marvel's finally poised to become the next big MMO superhero thing. Marvel Universe Online recently announced its head writer: Brian Michael Bendis. Comic nerds, assemble!
Blade and Soul videos feature PvP, gliding
Blade & Soul, the upcoming Korean beat-'em-up MMO, has just seen the conclusion of its first closed beta phase. It appears that beta phased marked the beginning of the game's media frenzy, because numerous gameplay videos have started to surface. Check it out!
Massively's week in review
Don't let WoW Insider do all of the talking when it comes to Massively's best content of the week. The Massively staff themselves have picked out what they think is the best content their site has to offer in their own weekly roundup.

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MMO Roundup: Last week on Massively

Sometimes you'd like to know that there are other MMOs out there, right? It's not all WoW, all the time! Our sister site Massively can provide you with everything you need to know about all of the other MMOs around -- past, present and future.
GamersFirst's predictions for the video games industry in 2011
While end-of-the-year predictions are quite commonplace amongst game industry bloggers and journalists, it's a bit rarer to see prognostications coming from game-makers and executives. GamersFirst bucks that trend with a press release outlining its forecast for online gaming in 2011. Unsurprisingly, the free-to-play publisher sees its preferred business model "taking over the video game market," as well as a massive shift to mobile gaming and digital distribution.
25 free MMOs for that shiny new laptop
Were you graced with a new laptop this holiday season? Are you looking to take a few new MMOs for a spin? Massively's Beau Hindman has compiled a list of 25 free-to-play MMOs that your laptop will be perfectly capable of playing, even if it wasn't built with gaming in mind.
5 MMOs that have gone MIA
Unlike Chuck Norris, who seems to hang on as an MMO meme with insane tenacity (perhaps it's that extra fist under his beard), there are a handful of MMOs that appear to have dropped off the radar in the last several months -- if not years. Find out which highly anticipated franchises simply disappeared.

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MMO Roundup: Last week on Massively

Sometimes you'd like to know that there are other MMOs out there, right? It's not all WoW, all the time! Our sister site Massively can provide you with everything you need to know about all of the other MMOs around -- past, present and future.
RIFT beta: Massively's first impressions
RIFT is building up to be a strong contender in the MMO genre. The NDA on the game's beta dropped this past week, and Massively's readers were in a frenzy for content. Check out Massively's first impressions of the game.
Massively's RIFT coverage
Massively's RIFT coverage didn't end at a first impressions piece. There was plenty more where that came from. If Massively's first impressions piqued your interest, check out the rest of their RIFT content.
The Old Republic: Video of the Trooper class
Troopers aren't in it for glory. They are protecting the Republic. They are protecting freedom. And according to the newest trailer from Star Wars: The Old Republic, the Troopers' duty is to defend the people and the principles of the Republic, no matter the sacrifice.

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MMO Roundup: Last week on Massively

Sometimes you'd like to know that there are other MMOs out there, right? It's not all WoW, all the time! Our sister site Massively can provide you with everything you need to know about all of the other MMOs around -- past, present and future.
Hands-on with SWTOR's Jedi Knight on Tython
Last month, Massively was invited to LucasArts for a whole day's experience with BioWare's Star Wars: The Old Republic. If you're like many others and are unwilling to buy into the game's hype, head over to Massively to read about their hands-on experience with the game.
Massively's ho-ho-holiday MMO roundup for 2010
World of Warcraft players are up to their neck in Winter Veil cheer, but other MMOs are in the spirit of the season, too. Massively has a roundup of all you need to know about these holiday events.
Massively Speaking episode 127
Tune in to the 127th episode of Massively Speaking, Massively's MMO podcast, wherein Shawn and Rubi discuss Fallen Earth's latest patch, DDO's Update 8, Square Enix's staff restructuring, and more.

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MMO Roundup: Last week on Massively

Sometimes you'd like to know that there are other MMOs out there, right? It's not all WoW, all the time! Our sister site Massively can provide you with everything you need to know about all of the other MMOs around -- past, present and future.
World of Warcraft will reign for another 20 years, according to industry analysts
With all of the recent focus on World of Warcraft following its latest expansion, it's no surprise that the industry leader is at the center of another round of "What will topple WoW?" discussions. In an article on Eurogamer, industry analysts and developers lend their thoughts as to what made World of Warcraft so dang popular to begin with, and what it will take -- if anything -- for another game to beat its popularity.
Square Enix staff restructuring, seeking "new direction" for Final Fantasy XIV
Square Enix dropped a bomb on its fan base late last week with an announcement of a staff restructuring, a plan for a completely new direction for Final Fantasy XIV, and a delay of the PlayStation 3 version of the game.
The Old Republic video talks crew skills and PvP
BioWare has recently release a five-minute video of Star Wars: The Old Republic in-game footage. BioWare's Daniel Erickson explains the game's gathering, crafting, and mission components that make up crew skills, as well as the game's PvP system.

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Breakfast Topic: A little sumpin' sumpin' on the side

This Breakfast Topic has been brought to you by Seed, the Aol guest writer program that brings your words to WoW.com.

We've all been there before -- that magical moment when we let go of our loyalties to the object of our affection and simply give in to those inner desires for something new and exciting. Before we know it, we have turned away from our first love, leaving it huddled up in the corner feeling dirty and unwanted. Even if we don't personally engage in this abandonment, we are always anticipating the next story of someone else's doing it and the nitty-gritty details that come out. No, I'm not pulling headlines off the latest celebrity gossip columns again; I'm talking about your loyalties to WoW!

From old crushes like EverQuest and Star Wars Galaxies to newer flames such as Star Trek Online and Dungeons and Dragons Online, we all have games whose siren songs draw us into their grasp, away from our beloved WoW. With plenty of new and exciting MMOs on the horizon (we're looking at you, The Old Republic), now is the perfect time to start experimenting with a polygamous online gaming habit. While the frozen shores of Northrend have been nice, a trip into the Mines of Moria in Lord of the Rings Online may be the perfect thing to liven things up a bit and get that passion for your first love back.

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Trial account restrictions and the 30 percent problem

A few days ago, we posted on a very interesting statistic: Only 30% of all WoW trial accounts make it past level 10. On some level, it's been assumed that this number explains why Blizzard's taking such care to smooth out the beginning game a bit, to make it easier and more fun to stick with the game past level 10 or so. In a large way, this makes sense. But there may be other reasons beyond game play in play as well.

If you're picking up a trial account, chances are that you heard about it from a friend or a blog or a news report. But chances are, you were shown or described a massively armored warrior engaged in fierce hand to hand combat on the back of a dragon flying through the air, or a finely robed mage flinging a fireball at the face of the lord of all magic, or something similarly epic. With that in mind, it might justifably get discouraging to show up in game to find yourself dressed in rags, wielding a toothpick, and being sent to collect wolf pelts that inexplicably only drop off about half the wolves you kill.

With that in mind, it's easy to see how a trial account user could get bored pretty fast. But for me, there's one other angle that very few people seem to be bringing up: The social angle.

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Survey says 15% of overall gameplay time is in an MMO

Our friends at Joystiq reported on this fascinating survey by GamesIndustry.com that broke down responses from 13,000 US and EU citizens about how they spend their gaming time. While they don't have specific numbers for World of Warcraft, the survey says [PDF link] that overall, 15% of gaming time is spent playing MMOs. US players spend about 14% of their gaming time on MMOs, while EU players range from 8% to 16% by country. In the EU, 14% of all players have played an MMO, and in the US, 21% of everyone playing games has played a massively multiplayer online game.

Again, these numbers aren't specifically for World of Warcraft (and because the survey went down to age 8 and up, they do include the vast virtual worlds aimed at children, like Club Penguin and Disney's Toontown, which probably throw the numbers off quite a bit), but they do show the effect that WoW has had on the gaming population over the last five years. Five years ago, MMOs were definitely a niche -- some hardcore gamers played them, but most people didn't have the Internet connections to play an online game, much less pay a subscription for one. Nowadays, MMOs represent over one out of every ten minutes of overall playtime, and those numbers are only going to go up.

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, News items, Quests, Leveling

The Guild Halloween special

The Guild is on holiday vacation this week -- instead of the latest episode in the series (which is episode 9, and will come out next week, we're told), they've posted a Halloween special video, which you can watch over on MSN or right past the break below. It's more than just a chance to don their actual guildie costumes, too -- they go on a "socially acceptable real-world looting" run, with each guildie terrorizing one unlucky couple in their own special way. What's scarier than a Tuesday with all the servers down for maintenance? Vork showing up at your door.

And while we're on the subject of The Guild, our good friends at Massively got a chance to speak with a few of the cast members at GameX earlier this week -- Jeff Lewis, Robin Thorsen, and Sandeep Parikh got cornered by Massively's cameras, and talked with them about Wil Wheaton, MMOs, and Sandeep's famous backflip. Have a happy Halloween, Guild fans, and we'll be back next week with the third-to-last episode of season 3.


Like The Guild? We do, too! We chatted with all of the folks at BlizzCon, including Felicia Day, Sandeep Parikh, and Jeff Lewis and Michele Boyd. We also saw their panel, and the guys were nice enough to stop by our meetup as well. Stay tuned here every Tuesday for a brand new episode of season 3!

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Filed under: Fan stuff, Virtual selves, Guilds, Humor

Dragon*Con 2009 in pictures


Oh, Dragon*Con, I missed you before I even left. Though I'm not entirely certain if you can really enjoy the MMO track's annual World of Warcraft party -- which included Gnome punting and Horde vs. Alliance dodgeball -- vicariously, I tried to catch the experience in photographic form nevertheless. (Note: if you want to really experience the meaning of the "war" in Warcraft, you need to do so in a room filled with hundreds of WoW fans cheering for their faction of choice.) Of course, Dragon*Con is more than parties (after all, some of the parties had Tesla coils), there was some great MMO programming and we had a chance to talk addons with the infamous ckknight. With twelve long months to wait until Dragon*Con 2010, we'll all have to live on memories until then. So, until 2010, I leave you with photo galleries.


Filed under: Events, Fan stuff

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