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Posted: Apr 2nd 2008 1:52PM Scopique said

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Well, there's two ways of looking at it: Either developers will continue to take the safe, sure bet route and clone WoW and it's features, deviating only by nanometers so they can claim something "original", or they'll listen to the players and see not necessarily what players want (because you can't please everyone by giving them something), but by omitting what they're tired of seeing.

We're (thankfully) approaching the second option. AoC's levels 1-20 single player mode is kind of wacky step into practically uncharted territoriy for an MMO, and so is it's siege opportunities. We're also seeing a movement away from "orcs and elves" with games like Earthrise, which is also good.

Here and there, players may not have come out and said "No more of X!" (although with the Internet being what it is, I'm sure many have, and with 100% more expletives), but in a genre where even sligh deviations end up as bullet points on the back of the box, a discontented sigh from the community should be enough to cause a developer to take notice.

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