Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Quote of the day

Apologies to Syp who more usually does this sort of thing but I think Tipa deserves a gong for this one:

Simply put, World of Warcraft is not part of the MMORPG genre.

It is funny how much healthier the mmorpg scene looks if you do remove WOW from the picture. If you include WOW you see one all powerful market leader with a horde of failed wannabes. If you ignore WOW you can see a large variety of different and interesting games some good some bad some paying the bills some not.

But can we ignore WOW? Heaven knows that I and a lot of other former players would like to. I resent its overpowering influence on the market and I have more or less convinced myself that many many World of Warcraft players are not really gamers at all never mind mmorpgers. Me convincing myself doesn't mean its true though. WOW exists. It is big. Whether it really is an mmorpg or not it is kind of hard to ignore


Tesh said...

I think the point isn't necessarily to ignore it, but rather, to realize that it's a market in itself, and the MMO market at large really is this other tier of games competing for the 300k sub mark. Shooting for the moon by trying to compete directly with WoW out of the gates is suicide.

Thallian said...

Blizzard at launch prolly wouldn't even try to compete with what WoW is now. That's sillyness of course. But if companies make a good product they will have a good response. Always keep in mind that popular doesn't always mean best. Smoking was once popular. Bell bottoms were once popular. Monarchy was once popular. I rest my case your honor.