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Jennings: Expounding on Expansions

Posted Dec 02, 2009 by Jon Wood

Jennings: Expounding on Expansions columnist Scott Jennings writes this look at expansion packs in the world of MMORPGs and how they can often be less of a blessing that one might first think.

Scott Jennings

Expansion packs are usually seen as a good thing for MMORPGs. Hey, more stuff is good, right?

Well, not always. More is not always better - sometimes it's just excessive.

First off, just to get the obvious out of the way, yes, expansion packs (usually) are popular. They bring a lot of new content to your favorite game, they keep things fresh through adding new classes, they can even add an entirely new graphics engine to keep the game looking shiny. And of course from the standpoint of a game developer, a new box (or "SKU", the gaming industry term for a new boxed release) keeps the game on store shelves well past when it would otherwise be pulled for the cardinal sin of being over three months old. More boxes on the shelves, after all, mean more customers in the servers.

Read Expounding on Expansions.


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