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Arguments Against Permanent Death

Posted Aug 07, 2009 by Jon Wood

Arguments Against Permanent Death managing Editor updates the Staff Blog with this look at permadeath and why it won't be a mainstream feature in an MMO any time soon.

It seems like the concept of permanent death is one that has been debated and turned over for years, with no real resolution. From what I can tell, there is a core group of people who are looking for a game that provides players the opportunity to permanently lose their characters in a game. I can see the upside to this particular feature, but honestly, of all of the features I’ve looked at in this blog, perma death is the one that presents the most obvious cons.

Like I said, I can see the benefit of perma death in an MMO. This particular feature would provide a unique gameplay experience where players are actually cautious rather than all about rushing in to every encounter. Then, when combat did break out, I would imagine that it would be an unequaled adrenaline rush for those involved. In short, for at least a short time, I can see a perma death game being entertaining.

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