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  bcbully

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OP  6/14/13 9:12:34 AM#1

Bigger by more than double the next? Because western developers haven't given those gamers a reason to leave. If all you are gonna offer is questing, dungeons, and battle grounds, those players might as well stay with WoW. WoW has that stuff in spades, that's WoW's thing. 

 

Stop spending more resources on marketing, and marketing talent than you do on design, and programming talent.

 

 

 

 

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  Loktofeit

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6/14/13 9:37:59 AM#2
Originally posted by bcbully

Bigger by more than double the next? Because western developers haven't given those gamers a reason to leave. If all you are gonna offer is questing, dungeons, and battle grounds, those players might as well stay with WoW. WoW has that stuff in spades, that's WoW's thing. 

There's a lot of truth to that statement, as that's how everything else on the planet works, but gamers are willing to apply that to every game except the one they are looking forward to. If a game comes out and charges 15 dollars a month, it needs to have equal to or more than what WOW has compiled over the past decade in order to pull the WOW gamers away from their game.

Charging less per month isn't an option because it will immediately be perceived as inferior and MMO gamers will avoid it, so their only option - if they are going to continue with the level-based gear-dependent class-restricted design - is to offer more than what WOW offers.

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6/14/13 9:42:52 AM#3
That's one of the reasons, aye, but not the only reason.

What happens when you log off your characters????.....
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  Trionicus

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6/14/13 9:44:15 AM#4
Originally posted by Loktofeit
Originally posted by bcbully

Bigger by more than double the next? Because western developers haven't given those gamers a reason to leave. If all you are gonna offer is questing, dungeons, and battle grounds, those players might as well stay with WoW. WoW has that stuff in spades, that's WoW's thing. 

There's a lot of truth to that statement, as that's how everything else on the planet works, but gamers are willing to apply that to every game except the one they are looking forward to. If a game comes out and charges 15 dollars a month, it needs to have equal to or more than what WOW has compiled over the past decade in order to pull the WOW gamers away from their game.

Charging less per month isn't an option because it will immediately be perceived as inferior and MMO gamers will avoid it, so their only option - if they are going to continue with the level-based gear-dependent class-restricted design - is to offer more than what WOW offers.

This is pretty much a +2

Do something different, or if you're going to do what WOW does, make sure it's VASTLY superior. Even the games that are attempting to do things a little differently are starting to seem similar to each other, sort of but not exactly like Neverwinter and GW2 

  User Deleted
6/14/13 9:58:46 AM#5

The genre is defined by X... you can put t-shirts on X... you can put X on the moon... heck you can even allow people to put their own thing in X... in the end it's still X.

 

Players are bored with X.  That means they are bored with the genre.  No amount of twinking... fiddling... rewriting... expanding... contracting... free... not free... hard... easy... solo... not solo... action combat... stupid combat... consoles... PCs... PVP... no PVP... they do it's still going to be X.

 

We want something new... and that will NEVER be more X.  The genre is old and tired.  We need a new genre.  Not a sandbox. Not a themepark.  Not a hybrid of the two.  A totally new and unique genre that hasn't been seen or done before.  The gaming company that comes up with that will triple WoW's revenues in a week without breaking a sweat.

 

But that is something very hard to do... come up with something new.  So easy to recycle everything we already have done in the past.  Unbelievably easy.  Astronomically easy.  So easy even a computer can do it without the aid of human intervention.  The genre has been done to death... to death.  To death death death death death.

 

We're the idiots who think spending $400 on a Dyson yields a superior vacuum... no, it's slick marketing to hide the fact that it's still a vacuum that you could have bought for $30 based on the actual cost to manufacture it.

 

F2P will continue to be the biggest thing in MMORPGs so long as they continue to make MMORPGs... we know we're getting X no matter how they try to disguise it.  Eventually no one is going to bother with them at all because it's been sooooooo beeeeeen thereeeee donnnnnnneeee thatttttt for the past 4 years and counting.

  MMOExposed

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6/14/13 11:28:17 AM#6

Wait I thought Guild Wars 2 had all the money and talent needed to make a game that topples WoW.

Also they had the hype behind it higher than even SWTOR did from all its TV commercials.  Yet still didnt do much at all.

  steamtank

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6/14/13 11:31:04 AM#7

offer me massive raiding with a high level of difficulty and lots of teamwork required...... I will play your game.

WoW doesn't offer this anymore =(

  MMOExposed

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6/14/13 11:34:55 AM#8
Originally posted by steamtank

offer me massive raiding with a high level of difficulty and lots of teamwork required...... I will play your game.

WoW doesn't offer this anymore =(

your too pro. No game can offer you what you want, since your raid also likely have too much raid history, as well as known to look up fights on google for how to beat them. no point making something that cant exist.

  Blackaddera

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6/14/13 11:36:21 AM#9
Originally posted by steamtank

offer me massive raiding with a high level of difficulty and lots of teamwork required...... I will play your game.

WoW doesn't offer this anymore =(

same here mate.

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  Jorl

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6/14/13 11:39:49 AM#10
The game is popular because just about every PC machine can play it. A lot of players don't realize there are others mmo's around or just don't care. In a way I don't blame them, most MMOs are more or less the same, just different story and lore.
  Gravarg

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6/14/13 11:40:11 AM#11
Originally posted by Blackaddera
Originally posted by steamtank

offer me massive raiding with a high level of difficulty and lots of teamwork required...... I will play your game.

WoW doesn't offer this anymore =(

same here mate.

That's why I like Rift.  Raiding in Rift is pretty hard.  It's not as hard as it used to be, but still hard.  I remember being one of the first guilds to raid, and we wiped like 10 times per boss lol

  GrumpyMel2

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6/14/13 11:40:52 AM#12
Brand Loyalty..... human beings are creatures of habit and as long as we are generaly satisfied with something we rarely will look to try a different product. All other areas of industry recognize this facet well. The development of 10+ years of content WoW has is a very large factor as well.
  Kyleran

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6/14/13 11:45:19 AM#13
One does not simply walk into Mordor.

Nor do they beat Blizzard at their own game, the standard theme park MMO unless they come to the table with something truly revolutionary such as thought activated controls or something.

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  Dwigo

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6/14/13 11:51:34 AM#14
Originally posted by Gravarg
Originally posted by Blackaddera
Originally posted by steamtank

offer me massive raiding with a high level of difficulty and lots of teamwork required...... I will play your game.

WoW doesn't offer this anymore =(

same here mate.

That's why I like Rift.  Raiding in Rift is pretty hard.  It's not as hard as it used to be, but still hard.  I remember being one of the first guilds to raid, and we wiped like 10 times per boss lol

 You think wiping on a boss just 10 times to beat it is much?

  GrayGhost79

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6/14/13 11:53:55 AM#15
Originally posted by bcbully

Bigger by more than double the next? Because western developers haven't given those gamers a reason to leave. If all you are gonna offer is questing, dungeons, and battle grounds, those players might as well stay with WoW. WoW has that stuff in spades, that's WoW's thing. 

 

Stop spending more resources on marketing, and marketing talent than you do on design, and programming talent.

 

 

 

 

But thats how WoW got as big as it did. I agree with you, but that was the key to WoWs success. It was and still is a fairly mediocre game but... the marketing and advertising campaigns kept it in peoples face and eventually brought in non MMO gamers. Hell PC's would ship with WoW, it was always on TV, it was advertised all over the place where anything remotely close to geeky was going on. 

WoW is the biggest because it spent more on marketing, and marketing talent. No other game has ever had as much of a marketing budget as WoW. CoD comes close but even that is dwarfed by the marketing budget for WoW. Hell, you have no idea how much money they spent getting WoW into China alone. 

The development budget was barely a blip on the radar compared to the marketing and advertising budget. 

 

I do agree with you about spending that money on development, but as WoW, CoD, and others have shown... the big money comes from simply sinking 80% or more of your budget into marketing and advertising.  

  steamtank

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6/14/13 11:58:24 AM#16
Originally posted by MMOExposed
Originally posted by steamtank

offer me massive raiding with a high level of difficulty and lots of teamwork required...... I will play your game.

WoW doesn't offer this anymore =(

your too pro. No game can offer you what you want, since your raid also likely have too much raid history, as well as known to look up fights on google for how to beat them. no point making something that cant exist.

i never claimed i was a pro, so there is no need to be a jerk.

WoW changed their raiding to smaller, overall easier and less difficult to enter content...

 

also with new gen tech they can add variety to every potential boss encounter, making google far less reliable. Also reading about and doing are VERY different.

  Boognishe

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6/14/13 12:05:38 PM#17
Originally posted by pmiles

The genre is defined by X... you can put t-shirts on X... you can put X on the moon... heck you can even allow people to put their own thing in X... in the end it's still X.

 

We're the idiots who think spending $400 on a Dyson yields a superior vacuum... no, it's slick marketing to hide the fact that it's still a vacuum that you could have bought for $30 based on the actual cost to manufacture it.

You've clearly never owned a Dyson. :)

  User Deleted
6/14/13 12:09:24 PM#18

I think one of the staff hit the nail on the head when he mentioned polish.

You can be at odds with the things that Blizzard puts out, the time they take (they once themselves said that the only thing they delivered on time was Blizzcon), the changes ("dumbing down") they made to World of Warcraft, but it has polish in spades. Oh, and content too, of course.

  GrayGhost79

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6/14/13 12:12:16 PM#19
Originally posted by Boognishe
Originally posted by pmiles

The genre is defined by X... you can put t-shirts on X... you can put X on the moon... heck you can even allow people to put their own thing in X... in the end it's still X.

 

We're the idiots who think spending $400 on a Dyson yields a superior vacuum... no, it's slick marketing to hide the fact that it's still a vacuum that you could have bought for $30 based on the actual cost to manufacture it.

You've clearly never owned a Dyson. :)

It's cheaply made, breaks easy, and is out performed by several lower priced vacuums which are oddly enough better made. I hope many here don't own a Dyson as it really is nothing but marketing that sales it. I don't agree that it's the same as a $30 vacuum, but it is outperformed by a large margin by vacuums like the shark for instance which has a better build quality and still manages to be cheaper. 

  SnarlingWolf

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6/14/13 12:19:47 PM#20

Many of us have been saying this for years. The MMO genre is different from others where you abandon a game and by the next incarnation of it the following year. When you release a new MMO you are competing against MMOs with up to 14 years of content in them. That is a tough nut to crack.

 

I honestly think this is why companies thought subscription was dead when it isn't (no this isn't a post about how F2P shouldn't exist, both options should exist).

They'd release a brand new game with a fraction of the content, along with generally a lot of balance issues and bugs, with no free trial a $60 box price followed by the same sub as existing games. So a player could choose between a free trial and simply $15 a month with no box fee on older established games such as WoW, which had tons of content and years of polish/balance tweaks and get 4 months of play for their 60 bucks. Or they could buy the new game where'd they run out of content in 2-4 weeks and be bombarded with bugs and balance problems and on top of it all only get 1 month of play for their 60 bucks.

 

Major corporations fear innovation because it is "risky". So instead they follow the same path over and over and over to the point where everyone is bored with it and instead of seeing it as their fault they proclaim "the MMO genre, TV dramas, movie industry is dead". They switched to reality TV because viewers stopped watching TV and reality TV cost a small fraction to make compared with a big hour long drama. They did this because they said TV was dead. Yet Netflix releases House of Cards and millions of new people sign up because they're dying for something new. HBO releases Game of Thrones and gets more viewers each week than the vast majority of shows on television yet HBO is only in a fraction of homes and people pay them money each month often times just because they want that one show. Network execs say they don't understand why 14 million people watch each new episode of The Walking Dead. TV isn't dead, people are tired of getting 4 new cop/detective shows each year and nothing original. And MMO players are tired of seeing another clone that does everything the same as what exists. We just don't have those outlier companies pumping out truly different MMOs yet to churn up the industry.

 

I would say look to the indies and be willing to support a game that is going to be rough around the edges, but at least it will be innovative and interesting as opposed to having fancy new graphics and no real substance. If 2 million people are going to buy each new big budget MMO each time it is released just to quit in a month because it is "shockingly" more of the same then the companies will never change and try something new.

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