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MMOWTF: Flair Follows Function

Posted Jul 13, 2007 by Jon Wood

MMOWTF: Flair Follows Function

Weekly MMORPG.com columnist Dan Fortier tackles the subject of complexity in MMORPGs and how flashy new features can sometimes be a hindrance to a smooth game.

Sometimes when watching game play videos or reading some design documents for an upcoming MMO that we are interested in, it is easy to forget that some of the most important elements that let us enjoy a game are the things we don't experience while playing. These are the things we take for granted while immersed in an online game like being able to play without constant crashes or stuttering graphics that move like a mailman in a coma. When a game is buggy or unstable it doesn't matter how great the graphics, quests or storyline are because we can't enjoy it properly without a stable game. The old adage that "Form follows function" applies in this case and I'm going to take a quick look at some of the reasons that stability is one of the most overlooked and elusive elements in game design.

Read the whole column here.

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