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Community Spotlight: What's in a Game?

Posted Dec 27, 2007 by Jon Wood

Community Spotlight: What's in a Game?

Community Manager Laura Genender uses her Community Spotlight this week to talk about the different ways in which people can enjoy MMORPGs, and the ways in which some games are better suited to some play styles than others.

This week on the forums I read a thread started by long-time community member forest-nl. Entitled “how the MMO community ruin [their] own MMOs,” the thread dealt with the controversial topic of RMT and in-game exploits. Forest-nl expressed his frustration with in-game gold buyers and exploiters – why would players cheat a game instead of playing it honestly? “Are there still true gamers out there that wane accomplish things 100% for themselves without cheating or is it a dying breed?” Forest-nl asks in closing.

In my opinion, to understand any argument, one must first attempt to look through the eyes of the opposition. After all, games can be played with different mindsets – one player might enjoy leveling, while another enjoys PvP, or raiding, or exploring, or griefing. It’s the same for any game and not just MMOs: some of us might play basketball for fun, while others might play it professionally. In the real world, though, we have a natural segregation of gaming communities due to location, ability, and goals. Someone who casually enjoys shooting hoops for fun is never going to find themselves on the same court as Michael Jordan.

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