SOE Fan Faire Blog
News Editor Jon Wood files this report from Atlanta
Speaking of players, I spent the evening mingling and talking to them. We talked about a number of different issues that are affecting MMORPG players, no matter what game they’re playing. The issue of the secondary market, for example, came up a number of times in general conversation. The overall mood that I noticed here is that players are against it. A number of people told me that they had never, and would never make use of SOE’s Station Exchange, EBay or any leveling / gold-selling services. Some went so far as to express their discontent with those who do, calling it “cheating”.
I think that what surprises me most here is the wide variety of age and gender. There are men and women here of all ages, giving what I think is an honest representation of who exactly plays these games. For me, it puts to rest the idea and the stereotype that only young men play MMORPGs. The enthusiasm that I have seen, from everyone here is a testament to the diversity of the MMORPG community.
Tomorrow, the summit starts. I’m looking forward to attending, and finding out what people have to say in the EverQuest II sessions. For now, I must sleep. Tomorrow is going to be a long day.
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