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Where should developers' focus fall?

Which mmorpg aspects are the most important, and where do the other aspects fall into place. This is based off the assumption that developers can't (and usually don't) present a game evenly polished across the board.

Author: dcostello

MMORPG importance of aspects

Posted by dcostello Saturday December 6 2008 at 4:48PM
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   Given that most games, even if they are popular, polished games, don't create a game evenly balanced amongst the many mmorpg aspects, how should developers place values on the several mmorpg aspects?  Well, simple, just place  the most focus on the more popular categories and sub-categories.  Here's just a list of aspects.  Remember this is a question based on the assumption that mmorpgs rarely  spread their focus evenly amongst the list of aspects.

-PvP (Sub-categories: RvR, 1-1, Small-tactical teams, sieges, arena fighting, full-loot, etc.)

-PvE (Sub-categories: Quests, Parties, Ability to solo mobs vs. dependency on parties, etc.)

-Crafting (Sub-categories: A large amount of unique/diverse item options, making an actual career out of it, fueling the in-game economy, etc.)

-Community (Sub-categories: Player community size, helpful player community, good support {from admins}, diverse range of levels, etc.)

-Class system (Sub-categories: In-depth class system, lots of options and little restrictions, defined class types vs. undefined class types, stat points, skills, etc.)

-Extra Content: (Sub-categories: multiple expansions, a large number of: items, bosses, quests, areas to explore, land to conquer/hold, ships {or space ships}, etc.)

-Story/Lore

-Economy: (Sub-categories: Maintained by players, balance of money gained and lost to prevent places from reaching ridiculous amounts of wealth quickly, increased trade options/niches, mine nodes, etc.)

-And any other aspects you can thinking of...

 

  These are just a few aspects to think of when dealing with this problem.  The sub-categories are really just things to keep in mind when discussing the importance of certain aspects, and as a means of supporting an aspect(s)'s importance.  So how should the aspects be lined up (with the most important on the top, and the least important on the bottom)?

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