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  outfctrl

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1/07/13 2:13:06 PM#41
Originally posted by bigsmiff
I cannot figure out why I can't get into GW2. I log in and play for about 5 minutes and I log back out for a week or so...and try it again the next week. I really want to like it since it is a no subscription AAA.

^

I'm with you bigs on that one. 

I have a whole list of games on Steam that I just stare at for 5-10 minutes sometimes and contemplate on which one to play.

Funny, when I bought them I was raring to go.  I would play them for hours and hours, then stop. 

The only one I have subcribed to and unsubcribed to was WoW.  Many times I have thought I was going to get back into it, only to find out, I got bored after awhile.

I cannot find a game to keep my interest. Now I am heavy into Farcry 3 and the Alan Wake series.  Go figure

Maybe I am just getting tired of mmorpg gaming............NOT

 

I think I am a game junkie

  VikingGamer

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1/07/13 4:12:19 PM#42

As the names should imply...

 

Viral is when word of that something spreads on its own. One person gets infected and passes it on to the next.

 

Hype comes from some where, in this case, a marketing department.

 

Now granted fans can "Hype" there favorite game but their reach tends to be limited. It gets a bit more fuzzy when the "Hype" is coming from a successful blog site or a media site such as this. In general I would say that the more power an entity has to create a stir the more it is hype and the less it is viral marketing. Remember, viral implies that it is being passed subject to subject though more or less direct contact. This is all very fuzzy stuff of course.

 

Of course Trolls and Fanbois will also misuse the terms either to push their point or just out of ignorance.

 

But when the impetus comes from a company's website/marketing, then clearly that is Hype. And when a company purposefully tries to start a "Viral" campaign it should be considered biological terrorism and they should be treated accordingly.

 
 
 

The Law of Conservation of Stupidity:
For every Fan there will be an equally vocal Troll with the opposite opinion.

  Tafale

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1/07/13 5:54:54 PM#43

Are MMO reviewers finally getting that they're incompetent (blinded by too little actual gameplay before review release and hype) in reviewing games?

Why can't you guys be more like good movie reviewers where you start with the movie being bad (even if you're Steven Spielberg) and having to prove the merit of the film?

  MMOExposed

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1/07/13 8:32:59 PM#44

Some how I feel my locked thread on debunking hype fits this discussion well.

http://www.mmorpg.com/discussion2.cfm/post/5466106#5466106

Too bad my thread got locked for some strange reason.

  AlBQuirky

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1/08/13 3:30:37 AM#45


Originally posted by Torvaldr

Originally posted by AlBQuirky

Originally posted by Torvaldr
The hype problem is solved by individuals managing themselves and taking responsiblity for how they react and being accountable for that.

This is a problem in today's "I'm a victim!" society. People are held less and less accountable for their own actions everyday. There is always someone else to blame.

It is becoming more rare to find a human being who knows that they are responsible for their own actions. Most are just sheep, blindly following what the lead bell wearer says.

...and the hype train leaves on track 4 :)



Yeah, it's weird to me.  There is this huge fallout from TOR, GW2, and a lesser extent some of the other recent releases and boom the next hype cycle pops around and it starts over with the next wave (TESO, FFXIV reboot, Defiance, etc).  It's not that any of the older games or upcoming releases are bad, but that the drama cycle never seems to end, yet there is shock and indignation at the end of each.  I don't understand that.

I think a lot of it is players wanting "the next big thing" that we can delve into and enjoy. The market is so saturated with sub-par games right now we tend to grasp at almost anything that has maybe one or two features we may like and blow it all way out of proportion.

I think there is also a little bit of "I told you so!" mentality at work. Many players want to be first on the bandwagon and will overly power the hype machine just so they can say, "I told you so!" The same goes for the nay-sayers.

Then again, some people just thrive on drama...

- Al

Personally the only modern MMORPG trend that annoys me is the idea that MMOs need to be designed in a way to attract people who don't actually like MMOs. Which to me makes about as much sense as someone trying to figure out a way to get vegetarians to eat at their steakhouse.
- FARGIN_WAR

  SanHor

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1/08/13 9:27:51 AM#46

The reason SWG pre CU was the only MMO I played for a long time is very simple. World was always changing by players who built homes, houses, shops, guild halls which eventualy grew into player towns with its own politics and elections for governor. Once you've seen all quests in a MMO there is nothing that can keep you entertained more than randomness caused by player generated content. In SWG I never felt I was doing same thing over and over again. Repeating same content is now set in stone with MMOs and its called endgame. That term didnt even exist back then.

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