The answer is DRUMROLL .o.o.o..o.o.o
Who cares! None of these new MMO’s have World of Warcraft subscription levels, they don’t do WOW box sale numbers, statistically very little of the gaming population actually care. Less than 1% of Americans bother to play any single MMO mentioned on this website, obviously WOW is the exception, that means over 99% of the gaming population just don’t give a flying FUzzle. Most likely this means that most of these games suck balls, even the ones you give a 9.0 out of 10 rating, even the games I like.
There is no one arguing about how awesome it is to have clean water, and everyone likes to drink the shit out of clean water, statistically if you ask everyone on the planet, only a less than 1% will actually say they don’t like drinking clean water. It is also likely those less than 1% are bat shit crazy as well. The point I’m making? When there is an awesome good thing, everyone wants it, or a lot of people want it. Maybe it doesn’t have to be awesome, but it has to work.
As much as I hate raiding, it is the most efficient way thus far to promote cooperative online gameplay. Even in real life it’s hard to get a large group of people together to do something, without paying them. If you try to counter that argument, check a statistic first, such as; how many people do volunteer work… compared to the entire population of their country? If the answer is less than 10% which it very well is, WOW raiding whooped its ass. Close to 10% of WOW’s population raid, maybe more.
WOW also covers its bases, they also promote a very controlled and polished competitive gameplay system in the form of arena gameplay. I won’t go into details but, it’s just as structured as their raiding environment if not more so.
Now think, what other game has a polished cooperative
If someone offered WOW with better graphics then it would be a no brainer, people would jump ship and play that game instead. So why don’t they? I have no clue, a game like SWTOR comes out with less focused cooperative content, a severely lacking competitive structure with fancy voice acting and some graphics updates. The core reason behind why people play online is missing from this entire game. No shit Sherlock that’s why the game isn’t a runaway success.
I won’t argue the profitability of SWTOR, I’m convinced it hasn’t made any investors any profit thus far but since I didn’t personally invest in EA or their latest game I couldn’t tell ya. If they did indeed pay 1.3billion for Bioware including the cost of SWTOR’s development then they better hope to shit ME3’s box sales and DLC’s can cover it… Doubtful.
Summary, no one gives a shit which MMO will fail next, even less give 2 cents about this blog and if they offered just a better version of what WOW offers then I wouldn’t be writing this.
I stand by computer gaming and video gaming in general, it’s a great invention in the whole, it has less users then say, cell phones and clothes but it’s still pretty high up there in all time used inventions. MMO’s just don’t generally make the cut in anywhere but china.
Speaking of making the cut, Mass Effect 3’s DLC should be out today. Redoing or polishing their very sub sewer gutter trash ending. I won’t even download it, I may not even watch the endings on YouTube. Meanwhile since I’m on the June 26th update news. Skyrim DLC is supposed to be out today too, coincidence, I think not. Either way between the 2 games I’m not especially happy today, ME3’s ending sucked so now I don’t really care so much one way or the other, except for Sith level hate that they wasted my time building up to a sucky ending. As for Skyrim’s DLC, not out for PC and I don’t have an XBOX 360 so I have to wait unless I go through other channels.
I’m out and I leave you all with this image
EDIT: SCREW THE ARTICLE STYLE!