The Light at the End of the Tunnel
Bronte had a post today about all the WoW hate going around in the blogosphere. I wonder why that is. I mean I played worse games before that didn’t get hated on like WoW does now. As I thought about it, Men really don’t like change all that much. There’s an old saying, “Men marry women hoping they don’t change, women marry men hoping they do”
WoW is our wife that is changing, at first she was shy, and demure. Only the most devout lover could get her lovely bounty from her. Now she gives up the goods to anyone.
The Age of the Casual.
I remember playing Dark Ages, WoW for hours upon hours a day, and so did most of my friends. Now it seems like most of the people I know are just casual even my hardcore buddies from the past. Sure I can toss my lot in with some hardcore people again, but I just don’t have the time like I use to. It seems like I’m not the only one, most people this day and age don’t seem to have the time we once did, and the gaming companies are catering to us more than ever. With Free to Play, where we can pay to skip all the hard stuff, and pay to get the good gear, this screams out to the adult gamer who has the capital, but not the time anymore.
Where does the Rabbit Hole End?
I don’t know. Will WoW right itself, and make a come back, will it die a slow death, while Blizzard works on its new MMO. Perhaps MMO’s in general are a dying genre, perhaps it will be more like lobbies, and then we jump into action like World of Tanks. If that is the case it will be a sad MMO world indeed.
The Light at the End of the Tunnel.
With games like RIFT, and the upcoming SWTOR, There is hope in this little heart of mine, I see the hype over SWTOR, and I just pray it lives up to that hype, but what I hear from beta it’s shaping up quite awesome. I would like to think Gevlon is right in his statement as well….
“The obvious, and even acknowledged drop of subscriber count will force them to fix WoW or they lose their cash cow very fast. WoW will be fixed. The guilds that weathered the storm, gathered enough players to survive, will be the biggest and most successful when the tides turn and the players return. I already see it: 10 new members joined us this weekend, because in the server we are have unique and “awesome” qualities: we still live, raid, rbg. In times of collapse, simple existence has serious marketing value.”
Having lived through several slumps in the gaming biz, I see thing ebb and flow all the time, and perhaps these are dark times for MMO’s, filled with nerdrage, and sour people but like I said I think there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.
I just hope that light is a train coming…until then enjoy some Mila.