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Player Perspective: The Stale Comparison

Posted Oct 02, 2009 by Dana Massey

Player Perspective: The Stale Comparison

"If I can do it in WoW, why can't I do it here?: It's a stale comparison and this week Jaime explores why. Each Friday Jaime Skelton pens a column that examines MMOs from the perspective of a player.

Jaime Skelton

Enter a newly launched MMO, or an MMO's beta phase, and there is one game's name you will hear more often than the one you're playing: World of Warcraft. WoW has become the measuring stick by which all other games are rated in the general community. Over the years, the comparison has gotten more stale, while remaining a cinder to light flame wars and draw trolls from beneath their bridges. Even now, the torches are being lit, looking to burn heretics on both sides of the fence.

I alluded to the problem of using WoW as a measuring device for MMOs in my last column. Each MMO should be judged on an individual basis, and not stacked up unfairly against an MMO juggernaut. It's as silly as grading every restaurant you visit based on McDonald's. Certainly comparisons can be made, but you'd laugh at the food critic who used McDonald's to define a restaurant.

Read it all here.