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The Daily Quest - Would You Play a Low Population Game?

Posted Feb 11, 2015 by William Murphy

The Daily Quest - Would You Play a Low Population Game?

There are a lot of MMOs out there now, but not all of them have the kind of player base that Azeroth, Tyria, or Norrath have. Some games, try as they might, just don't attract a lot of people. The quest for today: would you or do you play one of those games? 

Today's question is brought to you by new MMORPG video maker Jewel Daab's my own misadventures into Carbine's WildStar. It's no secret that WildStar's having a rough go of things right now with dwindling sales and low populations (stay tuned later today for our own look at the earnings report). But what surprised both Jewel and I was just how few people seem to be playing the game these days. 

Dungeons, PVP, and other group content just doesn't pop unless you're at the level cap which makes for a lonely and sometimes boring leveling process. The lack of players makes it absolutely clear that an empty server or an overall empty MMO just isn't a very fun experience.

So I ask you... do you play a game with a low population? Would you or wouldn't you? How much does a lively world matter to you?

William Murphy / Bill is the Managing Editor of,, and lover of all things gaming. He's been playing and writing about MMOs and geekery since 2002, and you can harass him and his views on Twitter @thebillmurphy.

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