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Posted: Feb 13th 2008 8:52AM (Unverified) said

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I recently said that with City of *...it doesn't matter what they add, it just seems like it's always the same thing, over and over...and rather than keep paying for the same thing month after month, I've moved on.

Posted: Feb 13th 2008 9:26AM (Unverified) said

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For me as a WoW player its when I hit the level cap. I'm a casual player, no Raiding, etc.

Posted: Feb 13th 2008 9:33AM (Unverified) said

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As MMORPGs don't have an overall, singular, game ending goal, they're are not really games - in a strict sense.

Yes, there might be an 'end level', but this is just where the (at least in principle) neverending 'endgame' begins.

Instead, MMORPGs are an 'experience' that strings together sessions of gameplay: collections of 'mini'games with game mechanical subgoals (like gaining a level, group instances and PvP battlegrounds) in between non-game activities (grinding, socializing, customizing, etc.).

MMORPGs can therefore better be descriped as 'play' rather than 'game'.

In that perspective there's never really a 'game over'... we just stop 'playing' when the fun/time-factor gets too low.

Posted: Feb 13th 2008 10:48AM (Unverified) said

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WHO FRAGGED JOHN GALT?

Posted: Feb 13th 2008 11:41AM Severius said

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Game over, as far as mmo's are concerned, happens when the game is no longer entertaining.

In UO that occurred because of changes to the game that catered to a different crowd. In DAOC and AO it occured shortly after beta had completed. In SWG it started happening with the CU then was finalized with the NGE. Lineage 2 was towards the end game when it turned out to be nothing but grinding for hours and days on end to try and improve my equipment and with WOW it first happened with the endless grinding of Molten Core. I went back a couple times, raided through BWL and AQ but that was a short lived experience.

As of now pretty much all mmo's are game over before they even get started because of the WoW effect. Raiding and grinding are fine if you have inordinate amounts of time and want to pay for the privelidge of doing mundane tasks over and over again.

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